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.