I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1980-1988. Both my dad and my oldest son Michael are also Marines.
I originally entered the USMC to fly, but my need for corrective lenses ruled out training as a pilot. My position as an In-Flight Troubleshooter allowed me to perform maintenance, analyze and troubleshoot system discrepancies for my squadron aircraft. In addition, my USMC experienced reinforced the importance of flight safety, the value of detailed preparation and the power of teamwork to get the job done.
- Qualified as an in-flight systems troubleshooter on the EA6B Electronic Warfare aircraft, one of only three technicians to gain this qualification in my squadron during my tenure
- Collateral Duty Inspector (CDI) responsible for final electrical, safety and quality inspections and personnel training
- Qualified for carrier flight deck operations
- 2 years as a Quality Assurance Representative (QAR) for electrical systems
- Serviced RF-4, A-6E and EA-6B aircraft
- Good Conduct Awards, 1983 & 1986
- Letters of Appreciation, 1983 & 1986
- Meritorious Unit Citation, 1985
- Secret security clearance, 1982-1988
- Honorable Discharge, 1988