My name is Tom. I am 78 yrs old. In 1962, I enlisted into the US Army with the 8th All-Hawaii Company basic training at Fort Ord, California, during the Vietnam Crisis after graduating from Hilo High School. I received an Honorable Discharge after 3 years of active service and was placed on standby ready reserve status for 3 years. I attended the Army Signal School in Fort Gordon, Georgia to become a Radio Repair Specialist, MOS 296.
Back home as a civilian, I found a job at a Sounds and Appliance Store, where I learned to repair stereos, radios, televisions and small appliances. After a couple years doing repairs, I took a County Civil Service test to become a Fireman. I rose through the ranks from a firefighter to a Fire/Rescue Captain. After 13 years of fire service, I excepted the position to be the Fire Department’s first Training/Safety Officer as a Battalion Chief for 22 years and served as a Mayor- appointed Fire Chief for 2 years. i returned to my Battalion Chief position, unexpectedly, after the passing of the Mayor. I was assigned to oversee the operations of the Fire Emergency Dispatchers and the Fire Department Vehicle Maintenance Division. I retired with 34 years of fire service. During the later years in the Fire Dept. I joined the Air National Guard as a radio technician. After serving the military for over 20 years, I earned a Veteran’s Retirement upon reaching age 60. Currently, I am involved with what this website is all about…creating and building stuffs!