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I spent 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and during that time studied Chinese Mandarin, Korean, and the Japanese languages. I lived in Japan for a total of six years while going on business trips to South Korea and the People's Republic of China. After my Marine Corps career as a foreign language translator/interpreter, I moved into the information technology field and started working in Seoul, Korea. I lived and worked in Seoul, Korea for 11 years. While there I learned how to play the game of baduk, known in China as weiqi and in the west and Japan as go. For the past two years I have been working and living in Germany. I studied for and completed all of the classes necessary for a Masters in International Relations; however, I did not take the comprehensive exam. Subsequently, I studied for and completed all of the requirements to earn my Masters in Business Administration; I graduated in 2009.