I have visited or lived in about 20 countries, and walked on every continent except Antarctica. I have shaken hands with Presidents, Generals, Ambassadors and Medal of Honor winners. I have helped render final honors to veterans and offered my respects and condolences to their families. I've helped those whose lives were torn apart by natural disasters. I helped with the recovery efforts for the Challenger space shuttle. I was on hand to make sure President Bush received the very latest and best intelligence information on September 11th, 2001. I've slept in a palace that was Uday and Qusay Hussein's hunting lodge. I've experienced a tactical take-off in a C-130 from Kandahar, Afghanistan with G's so heavy I couldn't raise my arm. I've flown in Blackhawks over Korea, El Salvador & Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq and I've ridden in a convoy from Ramadi to Al Taqaddum at dusk. (Let me tell, when your predeparture briefing includes the HMMWV gunner pointing out where the ammo and his spare 50-cal barrel are, "in case I call for it," you develop a new perspective on military service.)
Retired from the US Air Force after more than 20 years of service. Now working as a contractor for various government agencies.