Warrick Merrell Locke (Ric Locke) was born on February 3rd, 1948 in Pittsburg, Texas, United States. He served in the United States Navy, on an aircraft carrier. After retiring from the Navy he became a very active blogger with strong political opinions. In his own words he was a "self-opinionated S.O.B."
Ric started writing his Temporary Duty book in the late nineties, revising it multiple times between 2001 and 2005. The book was ultimately self-published and exists only in electronic form.
Ric has passed away in July 2012 after losing his battle with lung cancer. He posted a “This ain’t working” entry on his personal blog 3 days before his death. For a long time he had to rely on donations from Temporary Duty fans and his friends because the book has sold so well that the Internal Revenue Service has denied him the Social Security benefits he was entitled to.
At the time of his death, Ric was working on the sequel to "Temporary Duty" called "Service Call". About 2/3rds of the book was written and there's a community effort to get it finished by some other author.