I grew up in an Air Force family moving to different military
bases around the world every few years. It was exciting to be a kid
living in Germany and Japan as we experienced a rich variety of
cultures. Stateside assignments brought us to Sacramento, the upper
peninsula of Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio. We even spent a few years in
Newfoundland as my father worked "on the mountain" in facilities
connected with the old Defense Early Warning (DEW) Line, designed to
identify and monitor any Soviet bomber activity near our borders.
Graduating from high school in 1972 at Dayton, I elected to
attend the University of Notre Dame. After earning a degree in
American Studies, I entered the Army in 1976 as a Second Lieutenant in
the Armor Branch.