Community Leadership: How to be a Revolutionary Leader in Your Community
- Born in Brooklyn New York in 1947.
- While a student in Elementary school, began my involvement in Patriotic service by joining the Sea Cadets, wore a Navy Uniform, and Played a bugle in the Color Guard.
- While attending Aviation Trades High School, in Queens New York, was a member of the Color Guard and played drums for all Patriotic ceremonies.
- Graduated on June 22, 1964, reporting for duty in the United States Air Force two weeks later, on 6 July 1964
- During my 4 years 10 months and 21 days of active duty, was assigned to a variety of Air Force Specialties due to the needs of the Air Force during the height of the War in Vietnam.
- Originally served as an Aircraft Electrician on F101-Voodos out of Suffolk County Air Force Base in New York.
- While there, the Air Force asked for Volunteers to go to Vietnam to serve in a Specialized Weapons program for a One Year tour of duty.
- After immediately stepping forward, discovered that instead of being sent to Vietnam, the transfer was going to be a base in Taiwan with the 6214 Combat Support Group, where a Special Weapons Facility needed airmen, where I reported for duty, after completing appropriate Special Weapons training.
- At the end of that year, instead of being returned to my previous AFSC as promised, was reassigned to a base in England which, though not my preference, was a Blessing in disguise. While stationed there I met and Married the beautiful woman who has been at my side for the past 51 years, blessing our union with a Son and a Daughter.
- After completing my second one year tour, was given the option of returning to my previous AFSC, remaining in the Special Weapons program or being trained in a new AFSC. Being an individual who loved learning new things, I chose to be retrained in Aircraft Powerplant Maintenance, and after that training was assigned to the 43rd Tac Fighter F-4 Squadron based at MacDill AFB in Tampa Florida.
- Completed my Active Duty Service on 26 May 1969 with an Honorable Discharge and returned to my home with my Reserve commitment ending July 7, 1970, turning my Powerplant Training into a 31 year career in Commercial Aviation beginning with Pan Am, that is now only a part of aviation history, moving on to Delta and then on to Southwest Airline Maintenance and Engineering until I retired in 2000.
- In 2000, started a new career and became a Real Estate Broker working with Corporate Brokerage Companies and ending by operating my own company PARROWDISE REALTY in Trophy Club, which I closed in 2015 when I entered Full Retirement.
- Karl Monger, the Founder of GallantFew, who is Hosting this Fantastic Event, a Vietnam Vet, Dennis Sheridan and I met on July 11, 2015 at the Dove Creek Café in Roanoke Tx, and the Metroport Veterans Association [MVA] was born.
- Membership has grown from 3 to 149 which meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at Meat-U-Anywhere BBQ in Trophy Club at 0900 to Support, Encourage and Uplift one another and hear Guest Speakers from various branches.
- As the only Veteran member of the Trophy Club Town Council from 2014 to 2017, succeeded in securing Council Approval for an new Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Medlin Cemetery in Trophy Club to Honor all those who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice for our Great Country, and a Formal Veterans Day Ceremony at our newly Expanded and Renovated Veterans Memorial to allow residents to come out to Honor all our local Veterans for the Heroic Service they have provided and return whenever they choose to pay respects and recall fond memories.
- One of the most personal items included in the new Veterans Memorial is the Circle of Honor, originally proposed by Veteran members of the Trophy Club Women’s Club, which surrounds the base of the Central Flag Pole with 430 Memorial Pavers, dedicated to those who served, and or died, which is surrounded by 6 Service Towers, one for each Branch of our Military and one for those still listed as either POWs or MIAs.
- Based on recent Approval secured from the Trophy Club Town Council, all of you now have an opportunity to purchase your own Dedication Paver for yourself, a loved one or a comrade to be placed in the “Walk of Honor” that connects the Memoria entrance and the Memorial itself. A War Dog Monument will be added to the Memorial in the near future, so we can Honor our 4 legged comrades as well. Of the original 403 slots available, there are only 350 Paver slots still available and once they are Sold there will be no other opportunities to secure a paver in this beautiful Memorial. Please see me or another MVA member who is manning the table where these are being offered during this Expo while there are still pavers available.