Army Medical Service Corps Officer
Like everyone, a lot of things have changed even since the 35th reunion.
I retired in February, 2017 as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army after 35 years, a mix of over 15 years active duty and about 20 years of reserve service. Just before I retired, my wife and I took an around-the-world trip, flying from DC to Vienna Austria, then to Athens Greece, spent a week in Greece, and then boarded a brand new cruise ship for a 16 day cruise from Athens stopping in Israel, Jordan, Oman, and ending up in Dubai. We then flew to Singapore, then to Beijing for a 12 hour layover and of course a trip to the nearest part of the Great Wall. It was an awesome trip.
Around 2007 I contracted adult onset running… and biking… and swimming... Since 2007, I have done 10 marathons (26.2 miles), 2 Half Ironman triathlons, and 1 Full Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run). I am training to do Ironman Maryland in October 2017.
After graduation from Lakes, I attended college at Washington State University and Fort Steilacoom Community College. I then enlisted in the Army for 4 years in 1981 and worked as a computer programmer and was stationed first in Colorado and then in Germany. I had an especially great time living in Germany because I speak German and I had a great job where I got a lot of incredible experience. In 1987 I joined an Army Reserve unit as they suckered me back in with part-time tuition assistance.
I completed a double major (5 years) in computer information systems and business administration at Regis University in Denver. I later completed my Masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California in 1990. I decided to become a Reserve officer and in 1989, I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. I spent 3 months in the heat at San Antonio Texas attending my Officer Basic course.
In 1985, I started work for Federal Express for 7 years as a systems programmer. I then worked as a database administrator at MCI/WorldCom for 9 years.
Right after 9/11, I was mobilized by the Army and spent over 2 years working near Washington DC. In 2003, I returned to Colorado Springs, and began working for Lockheed Martin as a contractor.
In 2006, I volunteered to work at the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon. It was an amazing experience working at the 24 hour operations center for the whole Department of Defense. I then worked for the Army Biometrics Task Force. During that time, I earned a Master’s certificate program at the Naval Postgraduate School. I also spent a year in Germany and then did a tour in Afghanistan as the commander of Task Force Biometrics Kandahar.
After Afghanistan, I was ready to settle down a bit so I worked as a Subject Matter Expert in Biometrics. Subsequently I was a cyber IT professor at the National Intelligence University.
To finish my Army career, I worked as a program and project manager for the Defense Information Systems Agency, the IT service provider for the entire Department of Defense. Recently I started my current job as a cyber IT technical instructor.
That brings me up to the present day, so I want to say thanks to the reunion committee for all their incredible hard work to make this reunion happen.