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Make My Day

In the course of my military career, I sustained a traumatic head injury (nearly losing my life) while serving in the U.S. Navy. Then while serving in the U.S. Air Force, I once became lost at sea and all but one piece of my survival equipment malfunctioned (and also nearly losing my life). These two ‘close-call’ stories with death are captured in some of my published books.

My last duty station was Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio, USA, attached with the Joint Depot Maintenance Activities Group. For eleven years, my assignment was with two joint technology service units: the Joint Depot Environmental Panel (JDEP) and the Joint Technology Exchange Group (JTEG). Through JDEP and JTEG, I interfaced with all the facets of military, industry, government laboratories, NASA, and academia. Their mission was seeking improved methods for cost effective enhancements of U.S. military weapon system sustainability.

During my assignment at WPAFB, and as part of the DOD sustainment community, one of my collateral assignments was interacting as a liaison with the DOD acquisition community on common environmental issues which interfaced with the sustainment community. Those interfacing issues lead to enormous cost savings for both of those DOD communities, and also for the establishment of a working group to explore the founding of a new organization.

This new organization would address issues common to both acquisition and sustain communities within the DOD. Through my efforts (and my suggestion for the name of the new organization) the Joint Acquisition Sustainment Pollution Prevention Activity (JASPPA) was created and established in the mid 1990s.

Oh, and by-the-way, there really are aliens at WPAFB – sometimes the workforce masses labor for many of them in secret!

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