Category Archives: Stephanie

Twenty Years Ago Today


I married the most beautiful girl on earth. While there are stressful times planning a wedding, I remember that ours was also a lot of fun. The video above shows some of our friends and family as we build up to the big day.


San Diego was fantastic! Our wedding was at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. It was followed by the reception at the Starlight Room, featuring a retractable roof on the top floor of the Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego. The band was “The Heroes” who I believe are still playing today in San Diego.

I am looking forward to spending another 20 years together with Steph!

…and Yeah, 90’s music!

Note: Because these video’s were uploaded to Youtube and contain copyrighted material (the songs), some advertisements may appear, and some countries (Germany) may not be able to view the content.

41 Days Until Retirement

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Stephanie’s first tour as an Ensign was at Chief of Navy Operations (OPNAV) 644, she worked directly for Admiral James D. Watkins in the Pentagon. She was the Division Chief of the World Wide Military Command and Control System (WMMCS), which later became the Global Command and Control System (GCCS). One of only two Ensigns among an office of senior offices, Stephanie had to hold her own. After two years, she rotated to Suitland, Maryland to a place called the Navy Operational Intelligence Center (NOIC). She further sharpened her briefing skills here and picked up a few more with help from many of her mentors, mainly, Bill Reiske. In the picture above, Stephanie is receiving her end of tour award, a Navy Achievement Medal upon her departure in 1989.