I am a 30 + year resident of Santa Fe, NM and US Marshal, retiring in 2005 after 21 years of service, and former Green Beret with a decade of service. I served on Special Forces Operational Detachments with the 11th and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne) on worldwide deployments including serving as an Instructor at the US Military Academy at West Point.
During my final three years of service with the US Department of Justice- US Marshals I commanded a Joint US – Colombian Anti–Kidnapping /Protective Operations Special Missions Unit in Colombia, South America and am the recipient of the US Attorney Generals Distinguished Service Award, the US Marshals Service Director’s Award and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Award of Merit for my work there (2003). Under the Congressionally mandated Plan Colombia my initiative fell under the Justice Sector Reform Program (JSRP) and my specific initiative, The Combined Country Assessment and Training Team (CCATT), was an Anti Kidnapping and Judicial and Witness protection program with a budget of $ 9.7 Million Dollars. In approximately three years time (2001- 2004), my team successfully trained and equipped 700 Colombian National Police Officers in Protective Operations and Anti- Kidnapping Operations, dispatching them to the eleven listed Human Rights cities in Colombia, virtually eliminating Judicial and witness kidnappings, thus permitting an adversarial justice system similar to ours in the US to flourish.
This program was hailed as being instrumental in moving the FARC guerillas towards the peaceful resolution of a conflict that had lasted over 40 years.
After retiring from the US Department of Justice I served as the State, Local, Tribal and Territorial (SLTT) Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Specializing in operations with Native American Law Enforcement. In all of these positions I held a TS-SCI (Top Secret- Special Compartmentalized Information) Clearance.
Holding Degrees and Post Graduate Certificates from Neumann University (Franciscan), Baylor University~ Truett Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School
(Trauma Informed Pastoral Care) and the University of Maryland (BC/ICISF~ Pastoral Crisis Intervention) I am an Ordained Minister and in my retirement currently serve as the Chaplain and Chaplaincy Section Chair for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA.org) and the Santa Fe Police Department.
I also serve as part of Santa Fe Police Departments Critical Incident Debriefing Team and am the architect and Co-Coordinator of the Santa Fe Police Department Inter-Faith Community Safety and Security Outreach.
In 2009 my wife Nancy and I co- founded Horses For Heroes- NM Inc. a non-profit 501(c) 3, specializing in non-clinical Post Traumatic Growth, Resiliency and Skill Set Restructuring for Post 911 veterans and active military (The first in the nation).
In 2010, I received the American Red Cross Real Heroes Award and in 2014 the New Mexico Humanitarian Award for our work with veterans, active military, National Guard and reserves. www.horsesforheroes.org.
I am currently a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, the Special Forces Association the Ecumenical Order of St. Luke the Physician., and the Santa Fe Inter-Faith Leadership Alliance (ILA).
Married with three children and three grandchildren I reside on ranch in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.