Oscoda, MI

Bio: BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF AUTHOR John McClarren is a retired US Army infantry officer, having given over thirty years of service before his retirement as a lieutenant colonel. During his Army active duty career, after a year as an enlisted man, he was a training officer at Fort Polk Louisiana, an infantry platoon leader in the Republic of Vietnam, a plans and operations officer at Sixth Army Headquarters at the Presidio of San Francisco, and finally an infantry company commander with the Second Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. After coming off of active duty he remained in the reserve components of the Army until his retirement. During that time he trained young reservists to become non-commissioned officers at an NCO academy in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, and later was a company commander of a tank company in Escondido, California, which was part of the California National Guard. He also was sent to Germany as a maneuver damage control officer during an annual exercise there. He served on two occasions as a German liaison officer for a multi-national logistical exercise at Fort Lee, Virginia. Army schools that he completed included Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, Jungle Operations Course in Panama, Infantry Advance Course at Fort Benning and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. Besides his military service, John graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in secondary education, majoring in German and minoring in English. He did graduate work at the University of Arizona as well as the University of San Diego in the fields of German, secondary education and counselor education. He taught high school German and English at Torrey Pines High School, Del Mar, California for twenty years, where, as well as teaching, he was active in the local teachers’ union as site representative for many years, as well as grievance representative for the teachers of the district. He and his family then relocated to northern Michigan where he engaged in many occupational fields outside of education, the last of which had him traveling the country, being on the road about three hundred days each year. It was truly a cultural enlightenment, working with people from all walks of life and ethnic diversity. In regard to his family life, John has been married for thirty-four years, and it has resulted in a wonderful life with three fine boys, all off on their own, two having been in the Army and one a geologist, who has been working towards his doctorate in volcanology and geothermal energy at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. John’s wife, Debbie, is a special education teacher, and has loved the profession for many years. Living in the northern reaches of the lower peninsula of Michigan provides the perfect atmosphere for creative thinking and enhancing a successful writing career. With the tremendous length and diversity of his military career, his educational background with a teaching career, and his phenomenal array of travels around most of the world, John McClarren could not be better suited for writing IF ALL ELSE FAILS: THERE’S ALWAYS CIVILIAN LIFE. It is a natural for him. He is an expert when it comes to military subjects and what the military is all about, and he has some excellent examples for nearly every subject he covers in the book.

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