My career started in the Army, 82nd Abn Division. I then worked as a deputy sheriff, patrol officer, then federal agent. I retired 1 Jan 2009 with 19 years in Special Ops, and 26.9 years federal service. I am justly proud to have served with some of the finest operators extant. The boys stuck with me even as I became the dinosaur of the unit and patiently tolerated my quirks as a leader.
Photo above taken Winter 2008 in Baghdad. Gen. David Patraeus is a leader of leaders and an outstanding warfighter.