There is no question in my mind but that my greatest source of pride is having had the privilege of serving in the United States Army.  Soldiers and veterans sometimes have a peculiar sense of humor about the service.  But the pride and the honor of the experience are obvious, even in the humor.

A tribute to my brothers and sisters in arms: Until Then (from GCS Distributing)

I served from 11 February 1982 until 10 June 1986.  During that time, I served with the 82d airborne division in the invasion of Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury), and in Honduras Central America (Operation Crazy Horse).  I went through basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, attended the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California and completed basic airborne training (jump school) at Ft. Bragg NC.  I had duty at Goodfellow AFB, Tx;   Ft. Devins, Mass; Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Meade, Md; Ft. Huachuca, AZ; Ft. Ord, Ca; Ft. Clayton, Panama; Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Center, NJ; Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Ft. Belvoir, Va; Ft. Dix, NJ; Ft. Jackson, SC; Boca Chica Naval Air Station, Fl; Truman Annex, Key West, Fl; Howard AFB, Panama; and Palmerola AFB, Comayagua, Honduras.  Time in service:  4 years, 4 months, 8 hours & 32 minutes.

United States Army, February 1982 – June 1986
Spanish Linguist / Intelligence Operator / Paratrooper

Crazy Horse – Honduras, Central America, 1984 – 1986
Intelligence operations and aviation reconnaissance

Urgent Fury – Invasion of Grenada, October/November, 1983
Intelligence operations and electronic warfare

82nd Airborne Division – Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1983 –1984
Intelligence operations
313th Military Intelligence Battalion

Defense Language Institute – Presidio of Monterey, California, 1982 – 1983
Spanish language training

Decorations – Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1st oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Parachutist Wings, Aircraft Crewmember Wings, Combat Service Patch and Expert Rifleman Badge

Army links:

U.S. Army Homepage

The Presidio of Monterey

Defense Language Institute

82d airborne division

Fort Bragg

Fort Meade

National Security Agency


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