WHO AM I
I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2005 with my last assignment as Postmaster in Oakville, WA. Concurrently, I served in the Coast Guard Reserve, retiring as Captain with over 38 years of active and reserve service. This included 16 years enlisted time having attained the rank of Senior Chief before transitioning over to Lieutenant (Junior Grade).
Education wise, I completed my Masters in Emergency Management with American Military University. With an education in emergency management, I was recalled to active duty 13 times to assist with the various types of emergencies; this included responding to the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, port recovery planning following the Haiti 2010 earthquake, and a one-year detail serving as the senior maritime planner for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting that was held 2011 in Honolulu, HI.
Following my five details working for the Coast Guard in Louisiana for the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, I wrote my first book "Chronicles of Katrina" with foreword by former FEMA Director Michael Brown.
As frequent travelers to Italy, I wrote my second book last year on our travels, titled "Italy Travel and Adventures" with recommendations on traveling plus some light-hearted stories of our 'misadventures'.
My wife and I live near Olympia, WA part of the year and when it starts raining we head south, along with our two dachshunds, to our other home outside Yuma, AZ. it's a rough life, but we will manage.