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 CPT Paul Zacharzuk
CPT Gordon Bonham
CPT David Witty
Best Moment Running the Kentucky Derby Half-Marathon in a driving rain storm with water on some streets almost ankle deep. Gordy Bonham and Paul Zacharzuk ran the race with me. Having the privilege of doing videotaped interviews on leadership with Gen. Bruce C. Clarke as my special project.
Chain of Command CPT Clark Delevan was our group leader. An aviator and a truly "wild and crazy guy." He was the creator and handler of the infamous CPT I. B. Wackinoff--the scourge of the faculty throughout AOAC Class 2-83. . . .
Other Memories *Staff rides to Irvington. . . .
*The incessant need for breaks during classroom instruction. . . .
*Wading through the unbelievably long "school solutions" to op orders. . . .
*Having the "Strip-a-gram" girl show up at our Dining-In--which happened to be the same night as the post newcomers' meet-and-greet with the CG at the Officers' Club. . . .
*Throwing our expensive glasses into the fireplace after the toasts at our Dining-In--and then having to level excessive fines to pay for them. Example: fining the FA Branch liaison officer $20 for "being an artillery officer"!