Hello fellow 'pooners. I was born in Indianapolis in 1963 and from
the moment my fanny hit the tub I knew I would be in the Navy. Over
the past 35 years I've spent 17 of them keeping the sea lanes open
for democracy and anything else that wants to traverse the Pacific
expanse of H2O.
Professionally I'm a Chief EW (Electronics Warfare Technician) so
for me HARPOON is like practicing at home what I do on a daily basis
at sea. My first experience with HARPOON was in '88 and I was immediately
hooked. Needless to say it became a tool in my shop for the junior
guys to become aquainted with the art of war at sea. At that time
the Navy had a war at sea simulation called NAVTAG but it wasn't quite
as pretty as HARPOON. Even with the classification restrictions on
the databases in HARPOON it was better at keeping the EW's interest
than NAVTAG and still made them think 3 dimensionally.
I've recently gotten back into HARPOON. A four year tour on the USS
Belleau Wood kinda made time to play a luxury. I've got H2 running
on a homebuilt 400MHZ, 128MB, SCSI machine and quite like the windows
interface over the original version but those annoying video clips
and voice messages have got to go.
Right now I'm stationed in Japan, serving out the rest of my career
at a training facility. I've got a wife (Kayoko) and two daughters
(Rachel and Gabrielle). My hobbies include collecting Soviet era naval
militaria, HO scale slot cars, keeping tabs on the rest of the world
with my wideband receiver, and hiking the Japanese Alps.
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