“In 1954, the US Air Force, a relatively new branch of uniform services was expanding rapidly.
They encouraged ROTC college graduates to apply as potential pilots to fulfill their obligations. On a whim, Ron took his first airplane flight, then did well on the aptitude test, proved he had 20/20 vision, and signed up! That chance opportunity changed the course of history for him. What began as reserve Air Force pilot training, evolved into a career in the military. Ron served twenty years, including National Guard time. Typical Ron, he embraced learning a new career with gusto. He flew F-100 fighter jets, then became a flight instructor on the T38. Air Force assignments also started Ron on a lifetime of domestic and world exploration. Temporary duty in Mississippi, Nevada and Texas gave him a chance to enjoy warmer climates. Overseas assignment to Okinawa provided opportunity for exploration of the Far East. “(1)