I came into this world on October 28th, 1961 in Coffeyville, Kansas, USA. Coffeyville is where the infamous Dalton Gang met their end. Interestingly, a descendent of one of the members of the Dalton Gang is one of my colleagues at work today! I graduated with the "Class of '78" from Peoria High School, Peoria, Arizona, USA. I was conferred an Associate in Arts degree by the University of Maryland, while serving in the United States Navy at Rota, Spain. Many years later I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey. I was granted the Amateur Radio Callsign "K6EKB" in 1998. I speak fluent German & English, some Russian and some Spanish. I was mobilized by the US Navy Reserve in January, 2006 and served in Baghdad, Iraq until April, 2007. In December, 2007 I was discharged from the US Navy Reserve and joined the US Army Reserve. I was mobilized stateside by the US Army Reserve from January 2011 to January 2012 with a four month temporary duty in Kabul, Afghanistan during the summer and fall of 2011. I continue to serve as a Warrant Officer in an Army Reserve Unit. In my civilian career, I work as a Software Engineer for Intel Corporation in DuPont, Washington, USA. I'm happily married to Susanne Braaten. Between us, we have 6 wonderful children and five grandchildren. Back when I had spare time, I enjoyed riding my Honda ST 1300 sport touring motorcycle, sailing, Amateur Radio, jogging, camping, hiking, target practice, and playing the acoustic guitar. I'm a charter member of the Granite Dome "Hard Landing Club". I'm an inactive member of the Thurston County ARES/RACES team. If you call me "Mr. Ed" then you have to sing Mr. Ed's Theme Song! :-)
If you are the Bill Walp (William Walp) who went to Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona during the 1975-1976 school year, or if you know Bill and know how to contact him, please e-mail me.