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I retired from the U.S. Navy in 1992 as a Senior Chief Machinist Mate, MMCS(SS). Since then I have been working in the training and development field while I work on my writing.
I was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up in Baytown, just down the road. I graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1971.
As soon as I could I joined the Navy, retiring 21 years later. I was assigned to the Machinery Division, Generator Gang on USS Forrestall, CVA-59, Auxiliary Division on USS Detroit, AOE-4, where I also qualified as Machinist Mate of the Watch in the Aft Engineroom. I was a Company Commander at RTC Orlando, Fl., leading six companies of recruits through Navy Boot Camp before volunteering for submarine duty in 1981.
I served as Auxiliary Division Chief on the USS John Adams, SSBN-620 (Gold) out of Charleston, SC; a Ship Control Instructor and a member of the Curriculum and Instructional Standards Office at the TRIDENT Training Facility at the Bangor Submarine Base, WA; and as the Auxiliary Division Chief and Maintenance Coordinator on the USS Aspro, SSN-648, in Pearl Harbor, HI until we retired in 1992.
My wife Cindy, our three sons David, Will, and James, and I moved back to the Houston area after I retired. We wanted the boys, who grew up in Navy towns - Norfolk, Orlando, Charleston, Bremerton, and Pearl Harbor, to have an opportunity to learn about our families. So we moved back into the middle of them! I started by “civilian” career as an Instructional Designer and Training Developer in the oil and gas industry where I am still employed.
At least until I sell enough books...
As for the writing, I’ve been writing the DragonHawk Saga for some time now, albiet in bits and pieces from writing endeavours that were primarily designed to entertain myself during long underway times. There’s ten main stories in the Saga, some of them are already partially written. I hope you enjoy them!