I enlisted in 1966 during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was assigned duties as an enlisted medical corpsman. Following my enlistment I returned to school in 1970 and graduated with a bachelor of science from The Brigham Young University in 1972. I followed that up with a master's in health-care administration from The George Washington University. I received a direct commission as an Air Force Medical Service Corps officer in 1973 and completed an administrative residency from 1973-1974. Upon completion of my residency, I was awarded my master's and assigned to Turkey. Between 1974 and 1990 I served in assignments in Turkey, Germany, the USAF School of Healthcare Sciences at Sheppard AFB, Texas, MacDill AFB in Tampa, The Pentagon, The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and as the associate administrator of the USAF Regional Medical Center at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. I retired from the Air Force in 1990, and went on to complete a civilian career in hospital and health-care administration until my retirement in 2013. Had it not been for the GI Bill, I'm not sure where I might have ended up. God bless the USA! In retirement, my wife and I now work seasonally as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Merry Christmas!