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Ed & Susanne, Cliff Nature Trail, OR, USA, August, 2014



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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! :-)  

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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.