Cupertino, California , United States
|| April 20, 1954
Feb 02, 2017 03:57am
|Info||I grew up in an Air Force family moving to different military |
bases around the world every few years. It was exciting to be a kid
living in Germany and Japan as we experienced a rich variety of
cultures. Stateside assignments brought us to Sacramento, the upper
peninsula of Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio. We even spent a few years in
Newfoundland as my father worked "on the mountain" in facilities
connected with the old Defense Early Warning (DEW) Line, designed to
identify and monitor any Soviet bomber activity near our borders.
Graduating from high school in 1972 at Dayton, I elected to
attend the University of Notre Dame. After earning a degree in
American Studies, I entered the Army in 1976 as a Second Lieutenant in
the Armor Branch.
I attended Notre Dame University on an ROTC scholarship,
graduating in 1976 in American Studies and emerging as a second
lieutenant. After Armor Officer Basic at Fort Knox, Kentucky, I was
assigned to command a tank platoon in the 2/70 Armor of the 24th
Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia. At 22 years of age, I was
responsible for five tanks and the training and welfare of their crews.
In 1978, I was sent to Fort Rucker, Alabama to attend
helicopter flight school and become an Army Aviator. A long time
dream came true for me as my wife, Chris, pinned on my silver pilot
wings in March of 1978.
three years in the 2/10 Air Cavalry of the 7th Infantry
Division at Fort Ord, California were spent flying many different
missions and serving in Squadron staff positions until my 1982
honorable discharge from the military to enter our family business.
On June 28, 2000, he announced his resignation (to become effective on July 10), rather than face impeachment.