Older American. Grew up in SoCal, joined the US Air Force during the late Vietnam era. Retired after 31 years active duty, where I served as a linguist (Russian and Spanish) while enlisted and a missile launch officer, missile test controller, staff officer and squadron commander (officer). Now working as a substitute teacher and hobby farmer (chickens, goats, equines plus the usual contingent of abandoned dogs and cats that have taken up residence and get fed and cared for by my big-hearted wife) in rural Missouri. Politically moderate gun owner (predator control--mostly 4-legged, but try to be ready for 2-legged also). Nine living children scattered around the country and 12 grandchildren.