Last week, I was reunited with an old friend from Independence in a very unlikely place.  I grew up in Independence, graduated from William Chrisman and have spent a long time active in local activities.  I have worked in local government and in the US Congress up in DC.

Last week, I was reunited with an old friend from Independence in a very unlikely place.  I grew up in Independence, graduated from William Chrisman and have spent a long time active in local activities.  I have worked in local government and in the US Congress up in DC.

My unit, the First Battalion, 116th Infantry (Virginia Army National Guard) was recently called to active duty in Iraq.  Enroute to our deployment, we stopped in Bangor, Maine, on our way to Kuwait.  During our layover, I was able to meet up with another Independence native, Catherine Pegram Solari, her husband Jeff and her two new twin daughters, Ainsley and Caitlin (age one year). Catherine and I have been friends for more than 30 years.  We grew up together in Kentucky Hills (North Independence) and attended Mill Creek, Palmer and Chrisman together.  Since leaving Independence for college,  Catherine has been working in broadcast journalism and is currently the Anchor/Reporter for the local CBS TV’s Bangor, Maine affiliate.

I am currently the Operations Officer (1LT) for the historic Alpha Company, 1-116th from Bedford, VA.  (The company’s exploits at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, having earned the company a Presidential Unit Citation.) We will be doing convoy security missions in Iraq for the remainder of 2010 at COB Adder in Tallil Iraq.  Outside of the guard, I am a tech policy adviser for a high tech trade association in Washington, DC.   I previously worked for more than nine years in the US Congress.