We are living in Orange County in the town of Yorba Linda. Debi and I will have been married for 36 years on August 2nd. We met in Alexandria, Virginia, while I was stationed at Ft. Belvoir. We were married in Vicenza, Italy, by the vice-mayor of the town. We have 3 children, Tonya Pittington 35, Kelsi Baker 33, and Jacy Armbruster 30. All of our children have children, so we have 6 grandchildren, 2 boys and 4 girls; the oldest will be 11 in September 2008. Our two daughters and five of the grandchildren live nearby in Anaheim and our son lives in Everett, Washington, with his wife and son. Tonya is a high school science teacher and coaches the softball team. Kelsi is a pre-school teacher, and Jacy just left the ministry to try his hand at law enforcement at Everett PD.
I received a BA from Cal State University, Fullerton; Major: Finance
Toughest thing about college was that I was in the Army for 8 and half years right in the middle. I like to say I crammed 4 years of college into 12 years. When I finally graduated in 1980, I had already been married for 8 years and we had all three of the kids.
My favorite thing at CSUF was and still is following the Basketball, Baseball, and Softball teams.
My first real full-time job, thanks to Uncle Sam and the first Draft Lottery (my number was 5), was the US Army. I reenlisted while I was stationed in Italy and spent over 8 years in the military. After basic training at Fort Ord, I went to Military Police School at Fort Gordon, Georgia, followed by a tour at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, right outside Washington, DC, then 3 years in beautiful northern Italy, where our eldest was born, then the last 4 years at Ft Riley, Kansas, where our other two children were born. I returned to civilian life in September of 1978 (just missed the 10-year reunion as our son was born at the same time). We settled in Anaheim so I could attend CSUF.
After getting my degree, I spent the next 28 years working in aerospace for Northrop Grumman. I had various assignments, most notably as the Program Director for the EA-18G electronic attack and jamming variant of the F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighter built for the US Navy. The big news for me is that as of April 1st, this year, I am RETIRED!!
Our children and grandchildren seemed to occupy most of our time over the years. All of our kids played sports all the way through college and we enjoyed following their games. Now we are doing it again with the grandkids. However, in addition to sports, the grandkids are into clogging. They perform at many venues, such as county fairs and community events, and at many competitions in California and Arizona.
I coached girls fastpitch softball for 23 years, coaching at all levels, including internationally. I stopped coaching in 2002 due to my workload at my "real" job. Over the past 10 years, I have been getting into video making, both filming and editing. I do college recruiting videos for softball players and I have done a few other events like weddings, parties, and concerts. Now that I have retired, Debi and I are doing more traveling and using our timeshare weeks/points. This year we are off to Sedona, Arizona, British Columbia, Hawaii, and Disney World. Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World are two of our favorite places.
Most importantly, I am discovering new adventures as a retiree! Also, Tonya has me helping her coach softball at the high school.
Hope to see many of you at the reunion!
updated: April 2008
I joined the Army in April of 1970, I received training at Fort Ord, California, and Fort Gordon, Georgia. I was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Vicenza, Italy; and Fort Riley, Kansas. Left the Army in 1978 and moved back to California. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton, in 1980.
In August of 1972, I was married to Debi Giddings of Alexandria, Virginia, while I was stationed in Italy. We have three children, Tonya, Kelsi, and Jacy, and four grandchildren, William (Kelsi), Felicity (Tonya), Shyanne (Kelsi) and Thomas (Jacy). We moved to Anaheim, California, in 1978 where we still reside.
I work for Northrop Grumman Corporation, Integrated Systems Western Region, in El Segundo, California. I am the Program Manager for the EA-18G, electronic attack and jamming variant of the F/A-18 built for the US Navy.
I am an avid videographer and video editor. I specialize in College Recruiting Videos for Softball Players and I've done a few weddings. I have a web page.