I enlisted in the US Army in 1977, went to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma for basic training and Ft. Bliss, Texas for Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as a Chaparral Missile Systems Maintenance Technician. After AIT I was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 3/67 Air Defense Artillery in Giebelstadt, West Germany. While at Giebelstadt I completed a number of educational courses including “The Religions of Man”, “Still and Motion Picture Photography”, “Land Surveying”, “Astronomy” and a number of others. I served additional duties as a Public Affairs Photographer, Battalion Reporter and Race Relations/Equal Opportunity Counselor. I attended Primary Non Commissioned Officer Leadership Course graduating as Honor Graduate. I visited many areas in Germany as well as Spain, Greece, Holland and France.
After my enlistment I joined the Army Reserves while attending Spokane Technical Institute and learned the basics of being a Drill sgt with the 104th Infantry Timber wolves.
In 1986 I again enlisted in the Army and went to Basic at Ft. Dix, NJ followed by AIT at Aberdeen proving Grounds, Maryland where I awas trained as a Quartermaster & Chemical Repair Specialist. Then I was sent to South Korea for a 1 year tour with the 2nd Infantry Division 702nd Main Support Battalion at Camp Stanley. Finding Korea and the people there quite to my liking I extended my tour 3 times serving just over 4 years on the ROK. I was the Unit Repair & Utility NCO, Unit Mail Clerk, Field Sanitation NCO, First Sgts Driver, Dispatch/Utility Driver and Team Commander on the “88” Heavy Tank Recovery Vehicle during Team Spirit ’88. While in South Korea I met and married KiChae Kim, and we have been married for 33 years now.
In 1990 the Army sent me to Ft. Ord, California where I became the NCO of the 7th Infantry Division Motorcycle Maintenance Shop. I had 125 KLR 250 motorcycles that I and my 3 man team of mechanics were responsible for to keep the 7th ID Scouts capable of performing their front line missions. I again took on the additional duty of Unit Draftsman and created many murals, awards and posters for the 707th main Support Battalion. In 1992, following Desert Storm, the Army had a reduction in Force and offered me $7,500.00 to take an “early retirement”. I took the money and bought a bus and a truck and came home to Alaska.
I joined the American Legion, AMVETS, VFW, 40 & 8 and Wounded Warriors Project and have worked with many area Veterans dealing with PTSD and run several online resources including VetBook on Facebook.
I will always stand for Veterans and work to assure the promises made are kept by the country we defended.