Graduated Second In My Class At The United States Naval Academy, And Was Almost Immediately Sent To Basic Flight School & Advanced Fighter Weapons School.
Attained The Rank Of Captain In Twelve (12) Short But Very Fun Years, And Retired As A United States Navy (USN) Captain And Fighter Pilot Having Flown The F-14 Tomcat, The F-18 Hornet and the FA-18 Super Hornet. Assigned to deployments on the USS Enterprise, the USS Stennis, the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS George Bush.
Between Deployments, Returned To College And Attained A Master Of Science In Nursing (MSN), Master Of Business Administration (MBA) In Nursing & Pharmaceuticals and a Doctorate (Ed.D) In Education Specializing In Nursing Education.
Currently A Certified Clinical Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) in Trauma & Critical Care, a Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN) and a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Employed As An Aeromedical Helicopter Flight Nurse.
Consultant To A Helicopter Manufacturer (AgustaWestland) For Medical Evacuation (MedEvac) And Search & Rescue (SAR) AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189 Helicopters.
Consultant To Helicopter Medical Interior Manufacturer (AeroLITE) For MedEvac & SAR Helicopters, which includes the AW139, AW169 and AW189 AgustaWestland helicopter line, as well as the Airbus (formally American Eurocopter) EC155, EC160, EC175 and EC225 model line.
Fifteen (15) Years Of Experience As A Part-Time Tenured Clinical Nursing Professor With Both A Masters Of Science Degree In Nursing (MSN) And A Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) In Nursing Education. Teaching Nursing Students In A Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (BSN) Program At A Division One Ivy League University.
My beautiful and intelligent spouse is also a Nurse Practitioner in Geriatrics, Rehabilitation Nursing and Case Management. Luckily, since I am a Tenured Clinical Nursing Professor Teaching Nursing Students In A Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (BSN) Program, my spouse received a $500,000 free ride for her MSN and Nurse Practitioner Certificate At A Division One Ivy League University.
Following almost the same trend, my super-intelligent and beautiful 19-year old daughter who was her High School Valedictorian in a graduating class of 969 students, and is a third-degree black belt in Okinowa Kempo Karate, is attending a BSN Nursing School, and will be attending a MSN Graduate School and is currently ranked #1 in her class. And, also following almost the same trend, she plans on being a Nurse Practitioner, and a Nurse Midwife and is also getting a $900,000 free ride At The Same Division One Ivy League University thanks to the US Navy and my status of being a Professor at the same University.
Started photography in the third marking period of my Freshman year of High School as an elective "just for the heck of it", since I had a schedule opening, had an extremely great instructor, who was definitely a "little left of center" in a fun way and actually started loving it about halfway through the marking period. Continued and took two photography electives in my Sophomore year, two photography electives in my Junior year and two photography electives in my Senior year of High School. Completed a 12-week Summer Advanced Nikon DSLR Training course at their Corporate headquarters, with travel, room and board paid by Nikon after winning a "Nikon For Young Photographers" contest. Trained under, and lived with, the family of a world-renowned photographer of Greek landscapes, culture and scenery for two entire Summer breaks between my Sophomore and Junior undergraduate years and between my Junior and Senior undergraduate years at the United States Naval Academy. Currently shooting with Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Sony Alpha DSLR cameras, as well as Nikon and Kodak compact digital cameras.
After spending months during two Summers while in The United States Naval Academy, being mentored under a scholarship paid by the Undergraduate Photography Department Of Harvard University and The United States War College, by one of what I would consider the best photographer in the World, who lives, works and loves being a Greek citizen. More importantly, I was taken in by he and his family and treated like a member of his family.
Over that 20 years, we have vacationed in Greece 12 times and were welcomed with open arms by the Greek families who treated us as though we were THEIR FAMILY -- and tolerated the 32,000+ photos that I took while there, and of those photos, I would consider less than 400 that I would care to say are good to very good.
Our dream is to retire to Greece in 2018, and we has aspiritions to live in Santorini - WHERE YOU CAN'T TAKE A BAD PHOTO.
The bottom line - even without the photography - the Greek community treated our family better than any other place we have ever been in the World.
I've been in...
Aegina, Athens, Chania, Corfu, Delphi, Halkidiki, Heraklion, Hydra, Ikaria, Ios, Ithaca, Kea, Kos, Lefkada, Meteora, Naxos, Olympia, Paros, Patmos, Porto Heli, Rethymno, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Sikinos, Simi, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, Sparti, Syros, Thassos, Thessaloniki, Tinos