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About the owner
I come from a long line of hardworking, take no BS kind of people in my family that just get stuff done. My father was a firefighter for over 30 years, and my brothers and I were all military. I spent most of my life in the military, starting out in the Navy back in 1988 and made it to 2nd Class Petty Officer, launching and recovering “birds” on the decks of carriers. It was hard work, but was it a blast! Because I was young and had an attitude of seeing things my way, which translates into my having to learn Navy lessons the hard way—with a couple of Chiefs and Senior Chiefs administering the lessons! I served on three, different carriers: USS Constellation (CV-64), USS Saratoga (CV-60), and USS Nimitz (CVN-68), serving in most of the major conflicts that went on in the late 80’s through the mid 90’s (Desert Storm, Bosnia, Somalia).
The downsizing of the 90s got tiresome, so I left the Navy in 1996. However, any veteran will tell you, the call to serve, once you get out, gets louder as the years pass, so I rejoined the military in 2000, joining the Iowa Army National Guard, and becoming a combat engineer. I was part of the 224th Combat Engineers (later re-classed to the 833rd Sappers) when the cowardly terrorists took down the towers on 9/11. That’s where time stopped for me really, and things changed.