Where did you serve and what did you do?
I served in the US Navy from 1986 to 1992. I was an Aviation Hospital Corpsman. My career was full of interesting rescues from my time at Naval Hospital Oakland, where I was one of the rescuers at the Cypress bridge collapse during the San Francisco Earthquake in 1990 to my time aboard the USS Ranger in Desert Storm/Shield.
How are you #StillServing?
In my work life, I am #stillserving my country today, working in government ensuring the safety of the flying public at the FAA. In my personal life, I teach religious education to teens at my church. Generally, I try to help anyone who needs advice on problems they are facing in their lives, or maybe just needs an ear for listening, a hand to shake, arms to embrace them, or a shoulder to lean on.
Why do you do it?
Because without strong communities we are separated and lonely. We are ineffective unless we have people around us. It’s kind of like the Spartan gladiator system known as the Phalanx. You are only as strong as the people around you. You protect them and they protect you. You can be strong as an individual, but you are much stronger as a community.