Ron would describe himself as just a farm boy from Indiana. He came from a family of tenant farmers and school teachers. He came from a humble upbringing. He learned many values from watching his family work diligently such as: strength of character, a strong work ethic and valuing education.
Ron and his wife will celebrate 39 years of marriage in October. They together have two children and six grandchildren. He wants to create a better future for his family and yours.
For the 41 years Ron served our nation as a Federal employee. He was unable to partake in any political activity during that time due to the Hatch Act. He only had the right to vote in elections. In November 2011, he retired and was free of the Hatch Act restrictions.
There are three reasons Ron is running to represent the citizens of the 45th District
(1) The citizens of the 45th District deserve an individual who will listen and represent their interests in the Legislature.
(2) His lifetime of experiences has prepared him to present the quiet, but effective leadership and common sense that many would agree is currently lacking in Lansing.
(3) He lives his life to be an example for his children and grandchildren. He believes that his grandchildren deserve, as do all of today’s youth, the opportunities that he was afforded. He sees these diminishing daily as our liberty and freedoms are eroded through the actions of the executive, legislative and judicial branches at the State and Federal levels.
The following is a quote from Dr. Joseph Warren (a patriot of the American revolution who died in battle) that echoes his reason for running. “Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question upon which rests the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
Ron has served under the Presidents Nixon through Obama. He has spent over a decade in the Republic of Korea as well as another decade in other overseas locations (various countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East and the Artic).
Ron utilized his GI Bill benefits to obtain an Associate degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration.
Ron spent a large part of his career disposing of the excess, surplus and scrap generated by our military.
He ended the final three years of his career administering an operations security program which was subordinate to the National Security Agency.
This is a small but comprehensive list of his accomplishments:
Attained the Air Force rank of Staff Sergeant (E-5) in three years.
Graduated as the Distinguished Graduate of the Property Disposal basic Training class he attended.
Administered and lead the Defense Property Disposal Office in Pusan South Korea. He was recognized as the Best in the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service worldwide for two consecutive years.
Provided onsite, in-country (Saudi Arabia), civilian leadership in the disposal and sale of the excess property and scrap from the first Gulf War. This resulted in returning to the US Treasury of over 21 million dollars.
Provided information of fraud, waste and abuse which resulted in a Contractor returning 1.5 million dollars to the US Treasury.
Served as the Reserve Coordinator working directly for the DRMS Reserve Forces commander. The reserve teams established and trained under this program were a critical element in the disposal support for US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Deployed to Iraq in 2006 as the Senior Civilian Technical Advisor to the Disposal Remediation Team Commander and Defense Logistics Agency Iraq command.
His final DRMS assignment in DRMS was a Customer Support Representative with an area of responsibility ranging from Japan to Diego Garcia.
As the Operations Security Program Manager at the Battle Creek Federal Center, it became his responsibility to report to the Defense Logistics Agency Director for issuing a direct order to the Defense Logistics Information Service commander that resulted in the release of information that was compromising to the National Security. The DLA Director retired shortly thereafter.
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