Delayed for a speaking engagement before the North Haven Rotary Club by an accident on Route 15, Todd Wood, an author and former Special Operations helicopter pilot with the Air Force was forced to abbreviate his delivery of the club’s weekly program recently. The captivating speaker began with a brief description of his life prior to writing his fictional book entitled, Currency.
As a high school senior, he was summoned to the principal’s office to take a phone call from his Senator in Washington, D.C. He had been accepted by the Air Force Academy and was now receiving his official appointment from Congress. While in Colorado he studied aeronautical engineering, and later went to flight school since he had always wanted to fly. As a military pilot, his first assignment was flying helicopters in Alaska where much of his time was spent on rescue missions in wilderness areas in sub-zero temperatures.
But Wood wanted more, so he went back to flight school and soon entered the field of counter-terrorism. This intense assignment was to keep him away from home over 300 days a year, as he accepted the challenges of SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force. This living action figure traveled the world flying missions in highly sophisticated, top secret helicopters.
Eventually deciding that it was time to settle into a civilian career, he entered the uncertain world of Wall Street as a bond trader for emerging markets. What he experienced on Wall Street inspired him to publish his fictional work about the future that our country could face in light of today’s financial markets. Wood said that his book combines action, humor, and mystery telling a story that everyone needs to know.