Colonel Kiefer commanded a battalion in Vietnam and wears the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, among other decorations. A senior parachutist, he served in both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Since his retirement he has written about the American Indian Wars, the Philippine Insurrection, both World Wars, Vietnam, and the Middle East. A fourth generation soldier, he is in demand as a public speaker because of his knowledge of Middle East history, familiarity with the Arab World and encounter with Mohammed bin Laden in the Arabian Desert. He is a newspaper guest columnist.