Born in the Great State of Texas, Mom and Dad high-tailed back to the northeast not too long after I was born. Something about civil rights marches and local disagreements thereabouts. Raised in Rhode Island with a few brief stays elsewhere, went to Boston University on an NROTC scholarship, discovered the Marine Corps, and the rest, as they say, is history. Got married, raised 4 daughters, spent a few careers – and a marriage – traveling (and trying to save) the world. Current home is with my lovely bride Ashley, two small people, and two dogs in the Sonoran desert.