Who Am I?
Short List –
- Military School
- US Navy Veteran
- Structural & Wildland Firefighter
- Certified Emergency Manager
- Certified Master Instructor
- Executive Protection
Longer Bio –
Before you start taking my advice or put credence in the content on this website I want to share with you who I am.
First off I am over 60 now. That gives me plenty of experience under my belt. I grew up in the mid-west in a time when America was still free and safe. We didn’t lock our doors at night or when we left to run errands. I could ride my Sears 3-speed all over our town of 27,000 people and even to the neighboring towns as a pre-teen without my parents freaking out.
I spent my high school years in military school. Our military school was part of the Virginia State Militia. I qualified “Expert Marksman” at the age of 14. We carried the Springfield A3-03. I could take that rifle apart in my sleep, clean it, and reassemble it when I was 14…or march in a dress parade doing drill routines as good as any soldier. At 15 I ran the infirmary (medical unit) under the direction of a nurse and served on the Battalion Staff.
I joined the military at the age of 17 after graduating from high school. I served 4-1/2 years and then got out realizing that the Navy was not my sort of life. While in the military I did a special detail in Washington D.C. before serving in several intelligence capacities and worked with some rather powerful specific weapon systems. I traveled to more than a dozen counties including some that were predominantly Muslim. I held a couple of the top security clearances, including crypto and Presidential Access.
Right after getting out of the military I did some contract work for the military but realized that being a hired gun for the Department of Defense was not the life I wanted. I returned to my family’s home, started a civilian life and searched for something meaningful to do with myself. I ended up in construction and dating a fine woman from Illinois; married just before I turned 23.
Here is an important piece of information that you will need to know because it will drive and influence much of what I write. Just as I was getting out of the military I found God; or rather, He found me. I had been raised a Presbyterian but never found all the answers I was looking for. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the age of 21. Yes, that means I am a Christian and believe in God and in the atonement that His Son, Jesus Christ, made for us. No, that doesn’t mean I am some wild-eyed, push-it-in-your-face religious zealot.
During my 20’s & 30’s I lived off of, or close to, the land for the most part. At one point we had a house without electric, without plumbing, without a furnace, and at the end of a rutted dirt road about a mile from our closest neighbor. There were only about 3 families in a 6-square mile area and less than 10,000 people in the whole county. We had a large garden, chickens, milk & beef cows, a goat and two horses. I taught survival skills to adults and teenagers as a sideline. I was a survivalist and “mother earther” without the long hair or pot.
In my late 30’s I started serving in emergency services as a structure firefighter. In my 40’s I began teaching emergency and disaster management classes and consulting cities and counties to organize for large scale emergencies. In my 50’s I went to work for the federal government as a wildland firefighter. More accurately, I was given responsibility for wildfire suppression on 5,500,000 acres of public lands. I also served five years on a national Incident Management Team in the Operations Section. I taught emergency incident management, wildland firefighting, and leadership classes for emergency managers. I then taught instructors to teach those classes. I was a qualified Type 3 Incident Commander, Logistics Section Chief and Operations Section Chief.
Over the last 14 years I have taken some very specialized training at many levels, including with Special Forces. No, I am not a SF type, I never was, and can’t even dream of keeping up with them, especially at my age…or at any time in my life. But I have trained with them in their leadership classes and some of their field skill classes as well. I have trained with our local SWAT team folks and regularly attended various weapons and self-defense classes. I have taught Kenpo and have taken Krav Maga.
Mixed in my life over the last 40 years I provided security services. Sometimes it was large event protection, sometimes it was executive protection to high-profile individuals. If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints you would recognize two of those folks right away…well, enough said.
But, here is an important key…I practice what I preach. I won’t give you bogus information trying to be something I am not. What I present to you is what I have done, what I have studied, what I have been taught, and in many cases what I live right now. I will relay important and significant information to you that may come from other sources, but not until I have proven it. As I tell you about food storage, you can be sure that I am doing exactly what I encourage and suggest you to do.
Now, that being said, whatever I say, you must decide for yourself if it is right or not for you. I encourage you to do the following before you follow my advice:
- Use common sense; if it doesn’t make sense to you then maybe you shouldn’t do it.
- Compare my advice to others in the field; then see if/how it fits into your needs.
- Pray about it! Yup, you heard me right; pray about it. That is the religious side of me coming out. God will answer your prayers if you ask Him. All you have to do is listen to His answer.
So now you know a little about me. If you want to know more, then ask me. I won’t share my real name or where I actually live. Suffice to say I live in the southwestern part of the United States and I retired from the U.S. government. And I really don’t want a problem with that.
And if you think I am a government plant, agent provocateur, etc. then I encourage you to have another glass of Kool-Aid, put on your tin-foil hat and head to another website. Yes, that means I have a little bit of a sense of humor…and no tolerance for fools. My humor comes across as kind of irreverent, cynical, sarcastic, biting, and even occasionally funny.
I am really glad you are here. I hope that my 40+ years of learning, training and experience can be of some benefit to you. Thank you for this opportunity.
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Quoting you, “I also served five years on a national Incident Management Team in the Operations Secretion.” Do you really mean Secretion or should it be Section.
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Great catch!!!!! And yes, you are correct…it should be “Section”. Change made this morning 🙂
And yes, I do actually know the difference…auto-spell checker got me. Well, at least that is my story and I am sticking to it.
I love your attention to details.
Personally, I do not like your LED Light selection for one simple reason – using a 3 battery cartridge gives it 8 points of failure, where each battery and the cartridge connect to the flashlight. I prefer smaller flashlights that use a single AA battery since they have only 2 points of failure.
I like the smaller size and the lower cost, which has allowed me to have several scattered around. Since LED technology has improved a bit these smaller flashlights put out a fairly bright beam. While I have not tested them to see what their acceptable run time is, I find that since they use a single battery, carrying an extra or two is OK. I was able to buy a box of 10 for about $40 from Amazon, which gives me plenty to even give some away. (Make the One Zoomable Mini LED Flashlight) The push button switch on the rear end may be problematic for you, but has not been for me.
Of course, if you require the 1 inch diameter, your needs may differ from mine.
Since I left ****, I haven’t seen anything written by you. I left *** because it was taking an inordinate amount of my time and parts didn’t seem to appeal to me.
However, I do miss reading your comments. Do you post anything anywhere else?
Also, are you posting more of your story? All I can see ended the morning of day 87. If there is more, Please point me to where I can read it.
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I have drastically reduced my posting on that website as well. Seems they are taking a strange turn and the bullying by website leadership (especially the owner) and others are growing. Not a community trait I want to be associated with. I have gotten this website back up and running now…hopefully I can keep it up and from being hacked again. More of the story will get published as time permits. Once the new house is more livable I expect more of the story to show up 🙂 Hang in there, stay calm, carry on! AH