My thanks to all who have served our nation in the various branches of military service.
As for myself, I spent 14 years as a machinist. Starting with the manufacturing of connectors for coaxial cables. I continued on to become a CNC Machinist producing microwave components (not ovens) for private and military applications.
After 14 years as a machinist, I applied to and was hired by the Phoenix Police Department as a police officer after completing the Training Academy. I have been with the Phoenix Police Department for 17 years now. The first 5 years were in patrol. The next 7 years as a motorcycle officer with the Traffic Bureau with the responsibilities of traffic/DUI enforcement and the investigation of traffic collisions. The last 5 years and currently I am a detective assigned to our Vehicular Crimes Unit where I am a criminal investigator and traffic collision reconstructionist with the responsibility of investigating serious and fatal injury traffic collisions which occur within our jurisdiction.
Concurrent with my latter years as a machinist and throughout my career with the Phoenix Police Department, I have been an ordained minister for 23 years serving a local here in Phoenix in various capacities, including 18 years as Assistant Pastor and several youth ministry programs.
I have also been blessed with the privilage of being a husband to an incredible woman for 26 years and most recently as a father of twins, a son and a daughter who will be 12 next week. My how time flies!
My dear wife was employed in retail sales and then worked in the quality control department for a printed circuit board manufacturer early in our relationship and marriage. For over 20 years now she has undertaken the most challenging job of being a homemaker and keeping our home and myself on the straight and narrow. We are homeschooling our children of which 99% of the research, planning, scheduling and instruction is done by her! She is amazing! How she puts up with me is beyond me, but I am so grateful she does.