I am Benjamin and I reside on Wake Island. I work at the airfield as the en-route traffic supervisor.
I just graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on December 17, 2011. I am a Marine veteran and a current C-130 crew chief at the 129th Rescue Wing in the California Air National Guard. My civilian goal is to fly for the fire service. I enjoy SCUBA and skydiving. I am engaged to my lovely fiancee Lorretta.
There are a number of events choices and aligning of planets and moons as to why I am here. It boils down to, yes you guessed it, green, show me the money. To advance my pilot career and establish a future for my fiance and I, I've decided to swallow a large sour pill and come here to work.
There are several benefits to Wake Island. The pay is good, room and board are taken care of. There will be opportunities for SCUBA diving, deep sea fishing and learning how to sail.
I have a lot of down time to explore the history here, start this blog and advance my education and overall general reading of subjects that interest me. One is military history. What the Marines, Sailors and civilian contractors did here is a bright spot in dark period of the early days of WWII. Although the island fell to Japanese, the Marines made them pay a high price for this piece of real estate.
As I become some more proficient in my job and adjust to island life I will explore what this island has to offer and record those events here.
This is my second tour on a remote island. I completed 3 1/2 years at Midway. I look forward to it, but the most difficult thing is the separation from Lorretta. I love you babe!