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John W Tilford

Military: Enlisted in the Marine Corps as a Private in March 1965.  38.5 years of creditable service later retired as Deputy Commander, National Ground Intelligence Center, full Colonel, US Army Reserve.  Ended with more years 'called up' active through Reserve than the four with the Marine Corps.  Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Airborne (at age 41), Expert Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeant Badge, etc.  Vietnam 1967-1969,  Global War on Terrorism 2001-2004. Reorganized the entire troop unit reserve assets of the National Ground Intelligence Center. Last active tour was in 2006 to assist standing up the Defense Joint Intelligence Operations Center within the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Civilian (all following return from Vietnam): Electronics Mechanic (insert Indiana University here, B.S. in Education, general science major, chemistry minor); IRS Revenue Officer and then Administrative Intern; VA Veterans Benefits Counselor; back to IRS as HR Position Classification Specialist; then to the Navy as Labor Relations and Employee Relations specialist, Management Analyst.  Served on two national level federal civilian task forces, IRS and Navy.

Highest degree: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University, Washington, DC, 2003.

Quit MENSA.  Seemed pointless.  Greene County indiana school system tests pegged me at 160 I.Q. Marine Corps (after several days without much sleep, I'd like to point out) at 155.

Pollitics: 'Ran for US House, Indiana 9th District but lost in 2012 Democratic primary.  Accepted no donations, pledged to serve only one term.