What are you doing now: Aside from a three-and-one-half year stint as Tactical Officer of C Co. and Field Music at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in Wayne, PA, I worked in the publishing industry after retiring from the Army in September 1991. I started out as Executive Editor of Presidio Press, a San Francisco Bay Area book publisher specializing in military history and military affairs. After leaving VFMA&C in the summer of 1998, I became my own boss--using contacts I'd made with Presidio to line up freelance copy-editing projects for several commercial and scholarly book publishers. I finally had to give up work entirely in 2004, however, when my body began letting me down. Fortunately, all of my disabling conditions are either directly or indirectly service-connected--making me eligible for a wide range of VA benefits--without which I'd be up the proverbial estuary without a manipulator!
Other Comments: For the last 19 years I've been living on the Big Island of Hawaii with my wife, Carol, in a subdivision about a mile outside of Mountain View--almost exactly halfway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, I'm moving to Idaho in May 2019 and will be settling in the Sagle area not far from the Pend Oreille River. Between the Blue State politics, earthquakes and eruptions, I decided it was time to bid Hawaii Aloha and head for cooler climes!
Best Friends LTC Arnie Seligman. He was a staff group leader who subsequently made COL as an MP and became a close friend after we both retired and wound up in the Commandant's Dept. at Valley Forge Military Academy & College, where he was the adjutant and I was TAC of C Co. and Field Music.
Worst Moment Breakup of my second marriage. I hit a low point and attempted suicide by taking an overdose of Tylenol. Fortunately, my "condotel" roommates found me and got me to the hospital in time. I had a great staff group leader and he helped insure that the incident did not adversely impact my career.
Chain of Command LTC Ollie Schierholz - Staff Group Leader
Other Memories *The inane emphasis on team volleyball competition. It was comical to see the degree of seriousness displayed by many of the staff group leaders. Thankfully, mine had a very laissez faire attitude. . . .
Trying to explain the 5-paragraph field order to the doctors and nurses in staff groups.
The heavy rains that summer and the flooding of the Missouri River.
*The designated smoking area was near the flagpole outside of Bell Hall. We used to joke that the post CSM was taking the names of all who went out there for smoke breaks. . . .