My name is Don, also known under Doc (since high school), and picked up the nickname Watmo in the Army, so I answer to any of the three (or pretty much anything else).
Background: I’m an Iowa boy born and raised. I love the Midwest, perfect balance of work ethic, friendliness and every kind of weather extreme under the sun. I love having all 4 seasons well defined with lots of variety in between. Married to an amazing woman and I have with 3 young outdoors-men ages 9, 15 and 17.
I did a short stint in the Iowa National Guard and loved it so much I joined the Regular Army. Spent 2 years in Germany (Saw the wall fall while I was there and worked a radio site during the first Gulf war (Desert Storm) and then 2 years in Washington at Ft Lewis. Some of the greatest duty assignments I could have asked for for a “Communications” MOS. 31M and 31F V4 for you Army guys/gals. I had the distinct pleasure of working with some amazing groups of people during my tour’s. 2nd Ranger battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Crazy engineering battalion on FT Lewis (You guys know who you are), Army experimentation site and much much more.
Currently the IT Manager for an electric cooperative. 1 man IT shop, handling every aspect of digital systems from database management, network management, hardware, software, server, virtualization, web development, publishing, graphic design, video, audio etc, etc. Never a dull moment. I’m also in charge of site security. Physical security, alarm system, video system etc.
I’ve also been involved in scouting for more than 12 years as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Cub Scout Committee Member, Boy Scout Scoutmaster, and District Level Logistics
chair. I’ve seen all aspects of the scouting program from all of it’s different levels. It’s a great program when you have great leaders. I encourage any boy (And their parents) to shop around, visit some packs/troops in your area and get started on a journey they will never forget that will help them prepare for life. The boy scout motto is “Be Prepared”. I live by that motto.
I spend as much time outdoors as possible. I’m the antithesis of a computer geek. More comfortable in the middle of the woods with a knife than I am behind a keyboard.
Hope you find something useful on this blog. I don’t tend to post much “Fluff”. You don’t have time for it and neither do I. So I may not post as often as some bloggers, but I will do my best to post something useful each time.
Enjoy your stay and Keep on Keepin On.