Get something to snack on, twenty years of catching up will take awhile :)
After PHHS, I went to Butler U. in Indianapolis to study chemistry. After 5 semesters there, I didn't really know WHY I was doing it, so I dropped out and enlisted in the US Army in January 1990.
OSUT (basic) training lasted all spring and early summer, then I got assigned to Fort Knox (2-13 Cavalry) as an instructor until Iraq invaded Kuwait that August. I spent a big chunk of the next year (1990-1991) in Saudi and Iraq as the gunner on an M1A1 tank in the 24th ID, 18th Airborne Corps.
After the Gulf War, we all (my unit) got reassigned to Ft. Stewart, Georgia, where I got stuck for a little over two years. Uncle Sam drew the military down in scope, and promotion looked like a lost cause, so I took a buy-out package and the GI Bill and enrolled at IU Bloomington.
I enlisted in the Indiana Guard as an M60A3 tank gunner while in school. In 1995, I went to the Army Infantry School to reclass, and came back to my unit as a scout-sniper for a couple years.
Meanwhile, I graduated from IU in 1996 with a BS in Biochemistry and minors in Physics and German. I got hired to run the microbiological testing at an environmental laboratory in Fishers, and am now the overall laboratory manager there.
In 1998, I transferred to the Kentucky Guard where I bounced around for a while before accepting a slot (promotion) to go to an Artillery unit and be a section leader (Staff Sergeant) for a group of forward artillery observers (spotters). That was fun for a couple years, until we got deployed in 2002 and again in 2003 (which was actually fun, too, most of the time).
During this time, I was engaged to Sabine (my wife), who I met in 1999. When we met, she was working for a year as an Au Pair for a family in Geist. Sabine comes from Duesseldorf, Germany, so I got to try out my terrible college German on her :)
In 2000, when her contract was up, she went back to Germany and enrolled in university studies in Munich. I went over to visit about twice a year, and she came to stay with me a little more often. We got engaged in the spring of 2001, and resolved to wait until her studies were done in 2003 before getting married. During that time, I got to travel around Europe a lot! :)
When my unit got deployed, she got a little worried. When my enlistment was up in the fall of 2003, I was still deployed, and was stop-lossed until end-of-mission. Sabine told me that if I re-enlisted, she did not think she could handle another deployment, and so offered me an ultimatum.
I left the service in February of 2004, and we were married (secretly) in March. Later that year, in August, we were "married" (again) on a Windjammer cruise in the Bahamas. Sabine has been a legal US resident since July 2004, and has no plans to become a citizen (she would have to renounce German citizenship if she did).
At the moment, she is back at school, getting a BA in Interior Design through Herron and IUPUI. She's terrific, and really, really has to put up with a lot to be married to me!
We live in Carmel with our dog, Linus, and two "stray" cats that won't leave. No plans for kids (too busy!).
I'd love to hear from any of you! I recently updated (12-24-08) the e-mail address above, feel free to use it or facebook :)
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