Who am I?
All About Me
Where I Have Lived
Where I Have Been
My Scale Models
Me..... As a Toon!
First of all, I want to welcome everyone to my little corner of the world. While this may not be the most elaborate web site on the Internet, I hope you will like what you find here.
While this site was originally created for fun, it has since developed
into a permanent hobby. I had originally incorporated many subjects into my site,
but have since narrowed them down to the USS Midway, VAQ-136 Gauntlets,
Military Culture, Scale Modeling, London Central High School, and photography. While browsing through my
site, I hope you will find some things that interest you and maybe even educate you a little more about the world
in which we live.
Now, a little about me... My name is Troy and I currently live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I started out in life as a "Military Brat" because my father was in the U.S. Navy. I spent my early years moving around the States and the world. After high school I decided that I "liked" the military life so much that I joined up myself. I spent ten years in the Navy, with nine of those stationed in Japan. I was assigned
to the Gauntlets of VAQ-136, an EA-6B Prowler Electronic Warfare squadron for the first three years.
Our home port was NAF Atsugi, Japan and we embarked aboard USS Midway, CV-41.
When Midway was replaced by USS Independence, CV-62, I cross-decked over
to Indy with the squadron. After I left the squadron in 1992, I
transferred to a two year shore duty billet at NAF Atsugi AIMD. I then
transferred to another shore duty billet at NAF Misawa AIMD for four years.
In 1998 I decided that it was time to move on and I left the service. I moved to
Long Beach, Washington and went back to school for a while. After school,
I worked as a custom furniture craftsman and remodeled a house. When those
jobs were finished, I opened an auto detailing business. The
detailing business was great, but Washington's notorious rainy winters put
a stop to it. I then went to work for a resort beachfront hotel and started a website design business.
In October of 2000, I moved across the country to Minnesota, where I am currently the Office Administrator for a company in Minneapolis.
During my younger years, I attended eight elementary schools, two junior high schools, and two high schools. Military life had my family frequently moving around the world. I have lived in San Diego,
California (actually, I was born there) - Thousand Oaks, California - Key West, Florida (twice) - Bermuda - North Ogden and Park City, Utah - Pt. Mugu, California (near Oxnard) - Ferndale, California (near Eureka) - Haverfordwest, Wales - High Wycombe, England (this is where I graduated from London Central High School) - Honolulu, Hawaii - Orlando, Florida - Memphis, Tennessee, - Atsugi, Misawa, and Yokosuka, Japan - Long Beach, Washington - and
most recently Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Throughout my life's travels, I have had the opportunity to live in or visit several countries. I have been to Abu Dhabi (UAE), Australia, Bermuda, Diego Garcia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Wales. I visited many of these countries several times and they became second homes to me. In each, I tried to learn their culture and history. I made new friends and have wonderful memories of the times spent in each country. I have sailed the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean,
Arabian Sea, Sea of Japan, South China Sea, Persian Gulf, and have crossed the equator twice.
Once again, I hope you will enjoy my site and if you have any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to email me. Thanks for visiting!