Hello, I’m about year short of being half-a-century old (and yes I feel it most of the time). I retired from the navy in 2004 after 20 years of working in the field of intelligence (IS for any navy types). The first half of my career I worked as a Russian analyst then moved over and became a Chinese analyst. Like most in intelligence I became a full time terrorism analyst on 9/11. While in the navy I had the distinct displeasure of being stationed in Norfolk, VA., but the pleasure of being stationed in San Diego, CA., Mayport, FL., and my favorite, Anchorage, Alaska. I’ve served aboard several ships including the aircraft carriers Coral Sea (CV-43), Kitty Hawk (CV-96) and the Spruance class destroyers Radford (DD-968 and Spruance (DD-963) (there were others, but these were my main ships). I also have numerous six-month deployments under my belt including two Mediterranean, two Pacific and two Persian Gulf deployments; the PG deployments were as a member of the anti-terrorism boarding team. This was high sweat, high stress work, but I loved it. I also have a few anti-drug deployments under my belt as well. After retiring, I became a sports reporter for The Concord Standard & Mount Pleasant Times, a local newspaper in the area I moved back to. It was a nice change from the hard realities I learned about the world while working in intelligence and also the reason my favorite genre of books to read is Sci-fi/fantasy. However, I do like to read historical books and just started The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer and American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies by Michael Kauffman. After three years of sports writing, I was ready to move back into the world of hard news, so moved to Kodiak, Alaska where I worked on stories concerning the commercial fishing industry, crime, wildlife and anything else I could come up with for the The Kodiak Daily Mirror. After about a year in Kodiak, the economic crash reigned supreme and the newspaper industry (along with the rest of the country) fell on hard times. In short, I ended up back in Concord and after being out of work for six months I reluctantly started work in the security field, which is a fancy way of saying security guard. I haven’t stopped writing, though. About the same time I started security work I also started to get my degree in history, which I just finished last month (August 2012). My plan is to get my masters of history and start teaching at the university level. My main area of focus is on early American history (from European discovery through the reconstruction.) Initially I was only going focus on discovery through the Revolution, but I found I liked learning about the Civil War and Reconstruction.