When I met my wife, we were both in the military. We married while living overseas in Germany. She retired from the Army as well, so we are definitely an Army family. She also has her perspectives on the things we did in the military. We definitely believe that it was a strong cultural enhancement for us because we got to see things that ordinary citizens wouldn’t see, so we can appreciate the value of where we were and where we came from.
KW: My wife and I do a lot of mountain biking, anywhere from 6 to 13 miles a day over a weekend. We’re not technical, but we’ll ride the trails. When the weather’s good, we’ll go to Boulder or Golden—or Moab in Utah.
We’re also avid hikers. We’ll do anywhere from 3 miles to 13 miles just hiking. Every year we watch the turning of the leaves of the aspens in Kenosha Pass. That trail is 22 miles long, but we go about 10 miles up to go through this giant grove of aspens.
KW: On my last combat tour, I came back from Bosnia at the end of the ’90s. I retired from the military and decided I wanted to work in the civilian sector, so I applied to the local school district as a network analyst and got hired.
The interviewer asked, “Why do you want to work with the school district?”
I said, “I just want to give back something that the system has given to me. I’ve had great opportunities.”
Coming back from the combat tour and seeing a lot of devastation, I think it’s really important for our young people—our kids’ generation—to get educated because I have observed that education is key to the understanding of cultures. I saw societies that restrict who can be educated, how they can be educated, and what they are allowed to think. So I wanted to work for the school district.
I explained to the interview board that I had just come back from Bosnia. I saw it firsthand. I saw that only men were educated, and women were subjugated to subservient roles. Those kinds of societies have a longer road to haul in terms of dealing with things.
But when you have an open society, and everyone has access to being able to participate and have a meaningful role, then that society becomes cognizant. So it’s important that our education systems are vibrant.
I’ve worked in technology. We had to ensure that the technology would work well within the educational system so that whoever’s doing the instruction has the ability to reach as many kids as possible. To me, that was important.
CWx: Thank you, Karl, for allowing us to share this part of your journey with our readers. We’re excited to be part of your story and look forward to seeing you and AF CyberWorx continue to grow!