Captain Donald Auten retired from the Navy in November 1998 following a twenty-seven year career. He completed several staff and command assignments on both coasts. Although originally trained as a light attack pilot, he graduated from TOPGUN fighter and adversary courses and became an adversary instructor pilot. In the course of seventeen years of operational flying Donald completed six squadron assignments and logged nearly 5,000 hours. He makes his home with his wife and Heather, their yellow Labrador, in Coronado, California.