I served in the United States Navy from 1971 until 1997 and retired as a Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. I attended boot camp at the Naval Training Center and Basic Hospital Corps School, San Diego, CA, and then transferred to Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC upon graduation. From there I went to Field Medical Service School at Montford Point, Camp Lejeune then transferred to 3rd MarDiv where I was assigned to 1st Battalion 4th Marines at Camp Hansen. I was senior Company Corpsman for Alpha Company for the first year. I extended my tour for an additional year as Admin Petty Officer for the BAS and was deployed in April-May 1975 to the evacuation of Vietnam, and also responded to the Mayaguez incident. I then attended Independent Duty School at Portsmouth, VA followed by another Naval Hospital and then duty aboard a Navy Destroyer. From 1980 to 1983 I served at the Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, AZ then was transferred to the Naval Hospital Okinawa. In 1986 I was selected for a special “black” project and was transferred to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow from 1986 to 1991. I then went to Camp Pendleton from 1991 to 1995 where I was the Battalion Medical Chief of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines until mid-1992 when I became the Regimental Senior Chief of 1st Marine Regiment. I finally left for the Naval Station, Pascagoula, MS where I retired from the Navy in 1997.
I moved to the Houston area after I retired and have been working as a Healthcare Quality Improvement Professional. I served as a Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion, Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment from 2007 to 2013 in the position of Battalion Adjutant.
I completed a BS in Health Science from George Washington University School of Medicine, a BS in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University, a MS in Management from Troy University, an MBA from University of Houston Victoria, and a MS in Quality Management from Eastern Michigan University.
In the Houston area, I have worked for Cigna Healthcare, Aetna Healthcare, Methodist Houston Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, and have been working at the Texas Children’s Hospital for the past 12 years. Additionally, since 2013 I have taught a variety of management courses at the University of Houston, College of Technology.
I am a Life member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 159 (Past Branch Secretary / Vice President / President), Life member of VFW Post 4010, Life member of American Legion Post 404 (Past Judge Advocate), Marine Corps League McLemore Detachment, and Life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
My wife Naomi and I have been married for twenty-three years and I have 2 children and one grandchild.