‚ÄčI was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals for Assault Airlift and Rescue in Vietnam.  I hold a AirTransport pilot's license in the B-747, and other FAA credentials in experimental aircraft design, flight test, and maintenance.  I spent 35 years as a jumbo jet freighter pilot on global routes around the world.  Post retirement I hold a certificates in Music for Social Change from North Park University, and as a Mark O'Connor Method violin teacher.   I am a St. Ignatius alumnus with an BA in Journalism from the Univ of St. Thomas.