After thirty-one years active Air Force service, I am now a retired JAG Colonel. I served as an enlisted member for six years before being awarded an Air Force ROTC college scholarship. Designated an Air Force Distinguished Graduate (Top 10% in the country), I was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1977, and for four years I served as a missile combat crew commander and crew instructor. The Air Force then competitively selected me for law school.

I served the balance of my military career as a Judge Advocate - a military lawyer serving military commanders and the military community. As a "JAG," I served as a community legal assistance attorney (family law such as adoptions and divorces, wills and estates, and consumer law); as a felony prosecutor; Special Assistant United States Attorney; contracts and commercial law attorney; commercial law trial attorney; as Chief of Air Force Commercial Law and Litigation - the Air Force's senior uniformed business lawyer and chief federal trial attorney; and I served in various other lawyer and leader positions, including three times as a Command General Counsel (Staff Judge Advocate in "military speak"). In the federal courts, I successfully represented the government in cases against contractors such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Westinghouse involving intense litigation with millions of tax-payer dollars at stake. I am also very experienced in negotiating favorable settlement agreements-which usually provide better, less costly outcomes than litigation.

Following retirement from the Air Force, I was director of Paralegal and Legal Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I then served ten years as the Chief of Commercial and Financial Law for the U. S. Army's Installation Management Command. Throughout my career I have served as an adjunct professor in business and in law at a variety of colleges and universities. After a lengthy, satisfying career in public service, I now want to use my education, experience, and skills to serve my community and to serve you.

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