Born in Chicago, Illinois, served 15+ years active duty and reserve status in the U.S. Army. Attended the Kansas State University and the University of Maryland [European Chapter] receiving a Associates of Liberal Arts degree and other institutes of learning such as non-affiliated ULC Seminary, Modesto, California; participated in general theological seminars, as well as classes for obtaining an area certificate in the Middle East, specifically the history and culture of the Republic of Turkey and literature composition.I left Turkey before completing requirements for area certificate.
Author of American in Turkey (©1986 (hardbound), ©2013 (Ebook - Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Book Nook) and The History of the 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry (©1984, private and unit publishing at Fort Riley, 4th Cav Museum) and various publications, such as U.S. Armed Forces Newcomers Guide to Turkey and Introduction to Basic Computering NATO Handbook, and manuscript of research and studies - Phenomenology of World Religion [© 1994 & 2009].
|Camels are interesting creatures|
Located in scenic and historical Door Peninsula which has ten lighthouses on and off the shores of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and Washington Island, contrary to my service in the U.S. Army – I am really into the nautical life and history here. The personal picture above [#186] was taken in 1989, being one of my favorites because it was taken in the ruins of the ancient city Smyrna, now Izmir. I had not planned for the young Turkish boy to be in the picture, but he insisted and I could not refuse - never seeing him again to give him a copy.
|Korean DMZ 1981|
Other Authored/Published Material: Introduction to Turkey, handbook for NATO military new arrivals, 1986; Preparation of Letters and Documents, NATO regulation/handbook for administrative staff; Bull Periodical, humorous satire published for the military members of NATO Headquarters, Izmir, Turkey; various poetry, with only one being published - entitled Poet-Teacher-Friend, 1986 dedicated to my professor at University of Maryland, the late Frank Polite, an accomplished and published poet, as well as various articles posted in the past by Townhall.com and Green Bay Gazette as freelance guest Op/Ed writer.
|"R&R" in Bahrain aboard USS Princess|
During military service received following awards and citations not including letters of appreciation and commendation: National Defense Service Medal (2) SE Asia Cross of Gallantry [unit], SE Asia Campaign Ribbon, US Army Letter of Appreciation (5), US Army Medal of Appreciation (3), US Army Medal of Commendation (4), Joint Service Commendation Medal, SW Asia Campaign Ribbon (3), US Army Meritorious Achievement Medal, US Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Certified Gunsmith. ... experience as US Armory Armorer and certified company-grade Sniper - Small Arms Expert rating; as well as Cowboy Action certification.
Grill Sergeant: I like to BBQ when I find the time.
|Alan, Rocky Little League|
Finding I am 'burning the candle at both ends' - I am giving up the Lighthouse Journal blog [it will still be available with retained article-postings] and focusing upon Old Glory Gunsmith Shoppe and Veritas et Theologium, as far as blogging goes, gunsmithing, leathercraft and forging operations; but can never stop writing. I have continued to be a guest writer [recently the only writer] at Jefferson's Rebels.
I have a son, Alan.
- Life member of BASS and North American Fishing Clubs
- Life member of the 4th Cavalry Association, US Army
- Support Door County Rod & Gun Club
- Supported Boy and Girl Scouts of America [until they capitulated to Progressives]
- Support Patriot Post
- Support St. Jude's Children's Hospital
- Support Disabled Veterans Association
- Member of National Rifle Association
- Member of American Legion
- Support the Tea Party Organization
- Member of the Constitutional Sheriff Association
- Support local Habitat for Humanity
- Member of Constitutional Convention, Wisconsin Delegate 004
- Support Hillsdale College
- Honorary Member of Non-Commissioned Officers Association
- Support Wounded Warriors organization
- Certified Master Gunsmith, AGI Alumni