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Scuba Diving in Papua New Guinea: Japanese Zero Wreck Dive

I received my PADI scuba certification while attending the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. My instructor, Mr. Terry Crownover, was an awesome divemaster who helped me advance from my open-water certification, to advanced, and then onto rescue diver. I had no idea at that time that my scuba training would take me across the globe to explore the distant oceanfloors, but I'm grateful it did.


While deployed in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea (PNG) to assist the USNS MERCY for its Pacific Partnership mission, I went scuba diving and was in awe to see this Japanese Zero warfighter plane that had been shot down during WW2 and crashed into the ocean. PNG was a wealth of WW2 history on land and in the sea.

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La Corrida de Toros

Landing in Madrid amidst an afternoon thunderstorm reminded me of the musical lyric, “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” This trip marked my fourth time returning to the Iberian Peninsula since I first stepped foot on it as a high school student in the summer of 1998.

It felt invigorating to once again be in the bustling metropolitan capital, with its ancient plazas, ornate fountains, and elaborate stone monuments at each intersection. Keeping in pace with an ever-advancing globalized world, Madrid boasted capitalist enterprises like Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King, and TGI Fridays at every corner. Yet there was something starkly different about this culture from the rest of the civilized world. Read More 
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A Day of Remembrance

May 7, 2012: Heidi and I toured the most evil place I have ever experienced in my life--the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Nazi leader Adolph Hitler believed in the superiority of a Germanic or Aryan master race, and he desired to eliminate lower class humans not up to the standards of the master race.  Read More 
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