I started my journey straight out of high school in 1975. I graduated high school in June of ’75 and was in Fort Dix New Jersey from August of ’75 until December of ’75 when I graduated basic training and then moved onto my MOS (military occupation specialty) in transportation at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Throughout my experience for the next six years I operated any and all trucks the Army National Guard had to offer. Vietnam had ended and I trained monthly with my unit out of Riverdale, New Jersey (3rd/113th mechanized infantry) and of course two weeks every summer for further training. No, I didn’t see any action, yes, I would have went in a moments time to serve our incredible country.
After my enlisted period ended and within a year I pursued my passion to serve and tested and became a police officer serving a total of 32 years in the law enforcement community. The first four years as a SLEO II police officer in my hometown of Lincoln Park, New Jersey while working as a member of the municipal government and then spending the next 28 years as a sworn, full-time law enforcement officer in Caldwell, New Jersey—retiring as the Chief of Police.
The moral of my life is everyone should serve in one capacity or another, serve your country and do it proudly. After retirement from the law enforcement community I moved on to the golf industry, and I worked my way up that ladder from pulling golf bags out of the trunks of cars in March 17, 2012 to becoming the superintendent.