Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Part - 13b - Joe & Family - Work

(Joe & Eleanor on one of their wonderful worldwide trips)


Joe & Family

13b Work

As with all Military Personnel, he was, typically, transferred from place to place, all over the world. Places such as Ft. Rucker at Enterprise, AL (where Alison was born.), Ft. Leavenworth, KS, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Ft. Belvoir, VA and finally, the Pentagon, in Washington, DC.

The Army also sent him to finish his Engineering degree at the Missouri School of Mines, in Rolla, MO, and later to get his Masters in Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

On December 31, 1978, after twenty-six years of Army life, he retired with the rank of Colonel. (Never did figure why that's not spelled "Kernal!") Since he had no hair left, his CB Radio "Handle" was "The Bald Eagle!"

He took a job in Saudi Arabia for about two years. Then, moved to Atlanta where he began to work toward more (as Daddy said) "Far Fetched Things!"

He returned to Saudi for a four-and-a-half year stay as Project Manager to construct the Saudi Army Engineers Center and school, a very large project at, "King Kahlid Military City."

Upon his return to the United States, he and Bea "agreed to disagree!" Later, he married Eleanor Scheib. They married later and now live in St. Augustine Beach, FL on the Atlantic, where he is still working on his "far fetched" projects that's gonna make us all super rich "One Day!"

He has been active as President of their Condo Association. Also, he had pulled out his golf clubs and is using them occasionally. Hope he doesn't have to use his as much as I did when I played!!!

Bea, died a couple of years ago while in a nursing home in Gallatin, TN from Alzheimer’s disease

Joe did another assignment back in Saudi to run a job, by remote control to build several thousand tents for the Muslim people to stay in during Muslim high holy days at Jedda each year. He couldn't go to the site, as he's not a Muslim. So this presented another challenge for him in managing the project. This was to be about a three-year job, but the company was not awarded the contract to finish the project past the design and initial start-up portion of the job. So, Joe is back in St. Augustine, working on other "far fetched things!"

I helped them get a safety program and a number of ASTM and ANSI Standards for the development of the tent project. Since I don't have much luck with the "Far Fetches", I only got paid for about half of my work on that one.

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