The military is in my blood. I have been in the Air Force--Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard--for 19 years. I spent the first 7 of those years as an Aircraft Maintenance officer. For the last 12 years, I have been a Chaplain. Before entering active duty, I was a cadet at the Air Force Academy. And way back when, I was in Civil Air Patrol dreaming of the day I'd be able to be part of the 'big' Air Force. For better and for worse, it has played a large part in who I am today.
Much more important than the military, however, is family. I am proud of my loving wife and four wonderful children, three of whom were adopted internationally. We have traveled together around the world. We have traveled around our own wonderful country. We have seen people at their worst and people at their best. We have learned from everyone and tried to make a difference (no matter how small) wherever we go.
I have been...and continue daily to be...crucified with Christ. I am proudly a Confessional Lutheran and greatly influenced by the Church Fathers. I am daily reminded of my sinfulness and seek to live each day as one who is simply, Christian.
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