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After high school Ron and Barbara both attended Virginia Tech. After graduating from college, we married in December 1977. Ron became an FBI Agent and Barb an elementary school teacher. We remained in Fairfax County until Ron was transferred to Roanoke, VA in 1991, a great place to live and raise a family. Ron has since retired from the FBI and is currently operating a small home improvement business. Barb is still teaching but plans to retire in a few years. We have two daughters, Brittany 24, who graduated from Virginia Tech and is in her second year of law school at Tulane University and Meredith who is a freshman at Virginia Tech.
As I may have mentioned before, I've been traveling the world on new embassy projects, and just returned from Pakistan.   However, I'm just settling-in for a new gig here at the Pentagon.
After, and even some during school, I came up through the construction trade here in the DC Metro/East Coast area, doing bridge demolitions and nautical navigation.  That led to a marine contractor position doing various contracted demo work during the Viet Nam era.
Upon my return, I put myself through university, since my parents didn't have the money to pay for all 6 of us kids.  After completely unused triple-majors in college, I got into Project Management, QC and Safety on Corps of Engineers jobs, and was Captain of a Confined Space Rescue Team at Fort Belvoir, where I found myself helping FEMA during the 9/11 attacks.
Before 9/11 I had gone to a federal agency, where I made the transition from Environmental Safety & Health management, to Emergency Evacuation Operations, Disaster Prep, and Anti-terror work.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the transition into fulltime anti-terror and security seemed like a logical career move.  I left the agency and was registered as a Personal Services Contractor (PSC) for DHS, where I conducted Title III Surveillance for an investigative bureau.   Continuing as a PSC, I managed Site Security at various State Dept New Embassy Compound Projects.  My most recent contract was as a Construction Surveillance Tech (CST) at the BRAC/NGA relocation project back at Fort Belvoir.
As far as my side interests, Iíve been involved in fast water rescue for my local fire & rescue department.  I lived on my sailboat for a year before I went to Africa, and enjoy boating and water sports of all kinds.  I played in various bands (mostly Blues, but some Classic Rock, Jazz, and Reggae too).  Since my Dad flew planes in his military life, I was introduced at a very early age and have enjoyed flying small aircraft since ground school at 17, and look forward to buying my own plane soon.
Despite my seemingly rough background, I've remained somewhat of an academic.  Iím still very interested in the Sciences with 3 temporary patents, with 7 more yet to submit.   I have five unfinished books (on various subjects) three of which are ready for publishing.
I didn't get married until 44, divorced at 52, but have two great little kids out of it all, whom I see about every other week.  I plan to retire in two years, and maybe teach at one of the universities out west.
Thatís probably much more of a chronology than you can use, but it was the only way I could make any sense out of my disconnected and hectic life.