United States Marine Corps
Okinawa, Japan - January 1983 to April 1985
Camp Pendleton, CA - November 1977 to December 1982
Scout Observer and Training NCO - November 1977 to December 1980
As a Scout Observer I directed artillery fire, naval gunfire, and close air support on targets designated by the Commanding Officer of the Marine Infantry Company to which I was attached. As Training NCO, I developed and delivered training to the personnel in my unit on a variety of topics as dictated by the Training Officer and the Commanding Officer. It was here that I discovered that I was not only good at training, but also thoroughly enjoyed it.
Computer Programmer - January 1981 to April 1985
Designed and developed
a telecommunications system for use in troop deployments from Okinawa which
was later adopted and implemented throughout the Marine Corps. This system
was written in EDL on an IBM Series/1 and involved the in-house design
and implementation of databases, low-level access to peripheral devices
such as paper tape punches and magnetic tape drives, as well as interfacing
to various U.S. Navy communications equipment. For this work I was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal and promoted to Staff Sergeant.
I am extremely proud of the time I spent in service to my country.