Fort Worden was a United States Army installation to protect Puget Sound. It was named after U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden, commander during the American Civil War. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission acquired most of Fort Worden on September 30, 1971. Battery Kinzie is one of the many batteries part of Fort Worden.
Zack Mayo is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley. Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.