As a naval officer, Ron served on 6 cruisers and destroyers of World War II vintage. He was assigned tours of duty in all three major ship departments, Operations, Weapons and Engineering. Later in his career he was assigned to the combat logistics force where he served on 3 more combatants and commanded the USS Kiska (AE-35), the U.S. Navy’s most modern and largest ammunition ship, during the first Gulf War where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Kiska was the first logistics ship to enter the Persian Gulf and went on to win all battle efficiency awards in its class. Ron also served tours in the Pentagon as the head of Surface Warfare Manpower and in the Navy’s Logistics Plans and Policy Division. He was instrumental in constructing the manpower plan to crew the U.S. Navy’s 600 ship fleet, as well as the architect of the Navy’s Battle Damage Repair program that was successfully employed during Operation Desert Storm.
After his naval service, Ron pursued graduate education studies at The George Washington University and certified as a high school teacher in Virginia where he received the first Mike Campbell Award for Teaching Professionalism and Leadership at Potomac High.