I am an United States Air Force Veteran. I enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1972.
My first duty Station was at Vandenberg AFB, California where I started getting involved in hunting and game management on Vandenberg AFB. I was required to get a hunter’s education certification to get a California hunting license. In 1974 I became involved with a group of hunter instructors on the base through the hunter’s game management program and I become a California Hunters Safety Instructor.
In 1975 I was transferred to Hahn AB, Germany. I joined the Base Rod and Gun club to continue my firearms training and skills.
I started shooting Sheet at Hahn AB. As I developed my skills I started competing in local tournaments. As I got more proficient over time, I was asked to join the Hahn AB skeet shooting team and the National Skeet Shooters Association. I started traveling throughout Germany shooting in military and civilian Skeet tournaments.
I started volunteering the Hahn AB Rod and Gun club and became interested in German Hunting. I took the German Hunters course and became a Jager or German Hunter in 1976. I started hunting in Germany and met many German Hunters. The Rod and Gun club found out that I was a Hunter Education Instructor in California, I was asked to become a German Hunting Instructor. I attended the German Hunter Instructor Academy in Berchtesgaden, Germany in 1977 and became the youngest American military person to be certified to teach German Hunting course.
In late 1978, I was transferred to Ogden, Utah as an Air Force Recruiter. I had to take the Utah Hunters Education course to hunt in Utah. A few months later I got certified to teach Utah Hunter education and became a Utah Instructor. In 1980 the NRA started a National Hunter Education Academy. I took and graduated from the first NRA Hunters Education Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1981 I left the Air Force and returned home to New Mexico with my family and joined the New Mexico Air National Guard. I became a New Mexico Hunters Education Instructor in 1982. I retired from the New Mexico Air National Guard in 1993 and I continued to focus on Firearms Safety and security. In 2008 I got my first New Mexico Concealed Carry Permit and started helping other instructors with concealed carry they’re courses. In 2013 I became an NRA Firearms Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and a Refuse to Be a Victim instructor. In 2014, I became a New Mexico Concealed Carry Instructor.
I’ve been involved with gun safety programs since 1974 and I have trained thousands of students in gun safety, whether through a hunter’s education program or the concealed carry program.