Welcome and thank you for stopping by my website. My name, as you may have guessed, is Doug. I was named after my father around the time I was born in February of 1981. I spent most of my childhood in rural area of northwest Ohio, and some years in Indiana. I got fairly decent grades in high school and spent a lot of time on computers doing graphics and web design. I enjoyed computers plenty, but was unsure of what I would eventually do for a living. I married my first wife in 2003 and we share 3 daughters.
It wasn’t until I joined the United States Army in 2005 that I began to see what I really enjoyed. I was trained as a line-of-sight (LOS) radio operator (25Q), part of the US Army signal corps. Though they are antiquated, these systems are still used for sending traffic from one local node to another, however they’re no longer primary transmission means. There are other more current systems being utilized for transmission such as direct fiber and geosynchronous satellite earth terminals (STT).
When I got to my unit (B Co. Sig Det 45th STB 45th SBDE) in Hawaii, I was assigned to a Joint Network Node (JNN) team. This Army system is a ‘server closet’ shelter filled with routers, switches, firewalls, call managers and encryption devices, that’s been mounted to the back of a HUMVEE. During the next three years, involving a 1 year deployment to Iraq followed by a 1 year deployment to Afghanistan, I became familiar with Cisco systems, networking (25F/25N) and a firmer understanding of satellite communications.
After I stepped off of Active Duty and into inactive reserves I began working as a contractor for U.S. Army CECOM at Fort Hood Texas. I was hired as an instructor for the systems I worked on while serving on AD. I taught basic networking using Cisco products, how to set up the equipment and how to troubleshoot any network problems. I also started to master theory of satellite communications and began training soldiers on these systems.
While working for CECOM and separated from my first wife I met Aunna, a young woman who had begun to lead me to the Lord through our conversations. I did not grow up in a Christian home and I had many doubts about all world religions. Additionally, I was angry with God for the bad things that happened in my life. Because I wanted to get to know Aunna I began to inquire about her life and her Christian beliefs. Eventually we began talking about those things that had hardened my heart and through her responses the Lord began to lift the veil. Something had clicked and I began to see things differently. I had the desire to learn more about God and the things He wanted to teach me. Since then I’ve given my life to Christ and though I am far from a perfect example of Him, I am not the man I was before. I understand that I have a new drive and purpose that is bigger than my own desire which is God’s will. I married Aunna in 2012, we share three children.
I consider myself to be a Reformed Christian who believes that God created all things, and from the first man’s disobedience came the fall of mankind. All have inherited the curse of this disobedience; the wage of sin which is death. God the Father, having preordained all things, had begotten the means of freedom from the curse by way of the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ. Jesus, God in the flesh and being the perfect sacrifice, not only redeemed but paved the only way to righteousness eternally. Those who are His having faith by His grace are secure and through the work of the Holy Spirit are justified and over time sanctified. I hope to someday attend seminary to expound upon my understanding through the teachings of reformed education. I have a strong desire to attend Reformation Bible College for that education.
After three and a half years with CECOM my new wife and I decided that we needed to deploy to Afghanistan to rid ourselves of our combined debt. I deployed to Afghanistan with Rockwell Collins as a Deployable Ku/Ka Band Earth Terminal. It was a difficult nine months of separation but we were able to rid ourselves of a lot of debt, and give ourselves a fresh start. At that point we had determined that finishing my college education would be the next best step for my career and we moved to Northern Virginia. Once in Virginia I joined the Virginia National Guard.
I spent a semester with George Mason University where I found it extremely difficult to attend classes, work and drill with the VA National Guard. I was also commuting nearly 5 hours a day between the three. It was a stressful time and I decided to return to the workforce full time. Since then I have worked as a contractor for the Air Force, UPS and full time back in uniform for the guard. Most recently I found a wonderful job in Tennessee as a computer programmer. The company is called Sedgwick, a claims management firm, and I write/fix computer programs in database languages; an older less well known called Progress 4GL, and Oracle PL/SQL. The team I work on is responsible for troubleshooting and fixing any software defects that are found by various other teams from claims examiners to program managers.
Hobbies: Running. Biking. Hiking. Gaming. Reading.