About Me


I am a retired Navy Chief and a former Deputy Sheriff.  I now work in the aviation field ensuring the safety of the flying public.  I grew up in Florida loving the beach lifestyle and being around the water.  I like hiking, traveling, cycling, and reading on history.

I retired from the United States Navy in 2014 after 23 years of military service.  I have been to over 20 countries on 5 continents.  What I liked most about my travels is sitting down with the locals and experiencing cultures that were different from my own.

As many veterans leave military service, I looked forward to this new chapter in my life ready to take on the civilian world with the same mindset I had in the Navy.  Little did I know some of these approaches I tried was like trying to put a square peg in a round hole.

The term “Independent Duty” comes from the Chief Petty Officer Retirement Creed.

” Do not view your retirement as an end of an era but rather as orders to a new and challenging assignment, to a form of independent duty.”

This new assignment of transition is a very challenging one. What works in the military does not necessary going to work in the civilian world.

Hopefully this site will generate some discussion about issues that are important today.  This site is not just about the veteran’s transition into the civilian way of doing things.  I want to keep it open to other subjects as well:  Current Events and Politics, Travel, Books, Health and Fitness, and my experiences in life.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the read.

Shane is a retired Navy Chief and a former Deputy Sheriff. He now works in the aviation field ensuring the safety of the flying public. The views expressed here are his own personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer.