Oscoda, Michigan, United States
Home page: www.johnrmcclarren. com
I am John McClarren, a retired US Army infantry officer, having served for over thirty years, prior to my retirement as a lieutenant colonel. During my Army active duty service, after a year as an enlisted man, I was a training officer at Fort Polk Louisiana, an infantry platoon leader in the Republic of South Vietnam, a plans and operations officer at Sixth Army Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco, and finally both a psychological operations officer and an infantry company commander with the Second Infantry Division in the Republic of South Korea.
After coming off of active duty in 1970, I remained in the reserve components of the Army until my retirement. During that time I trained young reservists to become non-commissioned officers at an NCO academy in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, and later I was a company commander of a tank company in Escondido, California, which was part of the California National Guard. I was also sent to Germany as a maneuver damage control officer during an annual exercise in that country. I served two consecutive tours as a German liaison officer for a multi-national logistical exercise at Fort Lee, Virginia, and many other staff positions, including two positions in South Korea.
Army schools I completed included Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia , Jungle Operations Course in Panama, Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth Kansas .
Debbie and I live in northern Michigan. We have always wanted to live near water. Even though I was born with salt water in my veins, being from coastal southern California, I'll take what I can get. We live on Lake Huron, but the above photo is on Higgons Lake, near Roscommon, Michigan, where Deb grew up.
Besides my military service, I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in secondary education, majoring in German and minoring in English. I did graduate work at the University of Arizona as well as the University of San Diego in the fields of German, secondary education and counselor education. I taught high school German and English at Torrey Pines High School, Del Mar, California for twenty years, where, as well as teaching, I was active in the local teachers’ union as site representative for many years, as well as grievance chairperson for the teachers of the district.
My family and I then relocated to northern Michigan where I engaged in many occupational fields outside of education, the last of which had me traveling the country, being on the road or in the air about three hundred days each year. That experience was truly a cultural enlightenment, working with people from all walks of life and ethnic diversity.
In regard to my family life, I have been married for thirty-four years and it has resulted in a wonderful life with three fine boys, all off on their own, two, Brent and Scott having been in the Army, both with combat tours, and now out, and the third, Craig, a geologist with a Master of Science degree in geology. He also worked for two years at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, toward his PhD. He married a beautiful young lady from China in the summer of 2011. Brent was married, but is now single, having given us our first grandchild, Rylee. Scott graduated with a bachelor's degree in forestry from Michigan Tech University. He and his wife, Ginny, have a little girl named Adellie. My wife, Debbie, is a special education teacher, still loving her work, but now becoming admin certified. Living in the northern reaches of the lower peninsula of Michigan provides the perfect atmosphere for creative thinking, which is so all important to, and enhances, my writing career.
With the tremendous length and diversity of my military career, my educational background, and my phenomenal array of travels around most of the world, I really could not be better suited for writing MILITARY LIFE - SERVICE OR CAREER A SOLDIER'S PERSPECTIVE. It is a natural for me. I do consider myself an expert when it comes to military subjects and what the military is all about, and I have included some excellent examples for nearly every subject I cover in my book. Much of the above can be echoed in regard to my memoir, TAKING RISKS DEFINING LIFE, which will be published very shortly. I also have a humor book, as well as a novel, in the works.
Copyright 2010 John R. McClarren - Writer/Military Consultant. All rights reserved.
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Oscoda, MI 48750
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