Retired Chief Warrant Officer (CW5), 26 years military service in the United States Army – Flight Standards and Training Officer for Aviation Systems. Project Manager for Force Modernization Systems. Helicopter Flight Instructor. Air Traffic Control Supervisor. Sixteen years service overseas in Vietnam, Germany, Greece, and the Middle East in tactical military units. Selected by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) as the Army Aviator of the Year for the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) in 1988.
Nov 2009 to Present: Retired from full time employment. Work as a volunteer with the Veterans Trauma Court, The Home Front Cares www.thehomefrontcares.org, Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Program, Homeless Vets Coalition, Colorado Injured Military Support (CIMS) Network, and a number of other organizations that support our Military, Veterans, and their families. Also serve on Congressman Lamborn's Veteran's Advisory Council. Board Member of Brother to Brother Ministries, a Catholic men's mentoring ministry. Received the President's Award from The Home Front Cares for my work with them in October 2009 at the 2011 Annual Banquet at the Broadmoor Hotel. Received the 'Joe Henjum Service Above Self Award' from the Colorado Springs Rotarians in November of 2011 in recognition of my years of volunteer work with many Veterans and Military organizations in Colorado.
Mar 2007 to Nov 2009 AW2 Advocate for the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Program at Ft. Carson, CO. Established the program as the sole Advocate at Ft. Carson, and AW2 now has a team of nine AW2 Advocates in place at Ft. Carson plus an additional Advocate at the VA Hospital in Denver, CO. Support the most severely wounded and injured Soldiers with benefits counseling, career guidance, education opportunities, and extensive networking with local and national nonprofits and organizations that assist our Soldiers. Selected by the Serco Corporation, my employer, as the Top Advocate in 2008 among their eighty-four contractor Advocates world wide.
Apr 2005 to Mar 2007: Vice President for Support Operations and a member of the Board of Directors for The Home Front Cares, a 501c3 non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that supports deployed military troops and their families with financial aid, energy assistance, adaptive housing and vehicle modifications for disabled soldiers, and other services www.thehomefrontcares.org
Worked extensively with the former AW2 program director in Denver, the various counselors at Evans Army Hospital (EAH) Fort Carson, and the counselors at Army Community Service (ACS) at Ft. Carson, CO. Senior Case Worker and Casework Coordinator, dealing on a daily basis with the chain of command at all of the major military installations, the various social service agencies in the area, the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Labor (DOL), and individual soldiers. Also a volunteer with the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition for eight years, working with the Veterans Administration and the DOL to put on an annual Stand Down for homeless veterans along the Front Range of Colorado.