Hello All,

I recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, after 30 years of service. My final assignment was in a field known as "combat development," which is the process we use to provide our troops with improved interesting job in these times. When I retired, my position was converted to a Civil Service job, and I was hired back to continue in that assignment. Not a difficult transition at all!

I am an avid reader, and tend to focus in three areas: literature, management, and history. I've even done a little writing myself, as co-author of "U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1968: the defining year."

All three of my sons served in the Marine Corps. The youngest completed his third tour of duty in Iraq about a year ago. He returned safely, but plenty of his Shipmates are still over there, and it is for them, and the cause they serve, that I spend very long days (and sometimes nights) at my job.

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Welcome aboard.

It is TRULY A privilege to serve you here. Our thanks to you for your and your son's service. What a great example you must have set.

We will pray for your son's shipmates' safe returns, and do our best to be of service to you.