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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!



AD ~ Aviation Machinist's Mate


My final rank in the Navy: E-5/Petty Officer Second Class - Aviation Machinist's Mate - Jet Mech!Medals & awards from my time in the Navy: From the top going left to right: Navy Unit Commedation, Meritorious Unit Commedation, Battle E (two awards), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (two awards), Sea Service (2 years, eleven months, 16 days), Overseas Service (six years), Kuwait Liberation Medal (issued by Saudi Arabia), and Kuwait Liberation Medal (issued by Kuwait).My final rank in the Navy: E-5/Petty Officer Second Class - Aviation Machinist's Mate - Jet Mech!




Military Brat and proud of it!U.S. Navy Veteran and proud of it!Gulf War Veteran and proud of it!








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