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 Colonel Bruce K. Meyers, USMC (ret.)

Colonel Raff Rafferty, USA (ret.)

Colonel Donald H. Goede, USA (ret.)

Captain Arthur Clark Bivens, USN (ret.)

Lt. Colonel John K. Rieth, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Clarence R. Meltesen, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Brian Birdwell, USA (ret.)

Major Lee Basnar, USA (ret.)

Major Lewis Allen Lambert, USAF (ret.)

Major Jim Stroup, USMC (ret.)

Captain Robert Timberg, USMC (ret.)

Captain Harold Wade, USAF (ret.)

 The Website now lists 699 servicemembers and their 2328 books.


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Military Books is pleased to announce the addition of these servicemembers to the website:

 Lieutenant General Harold G. Moore, USA (ret.)

Brigadier General Edmund L. Dubois, USA (ret.)

Colonel Garnett C. Brown, Jr., USAF (ret.)

Colonel Albert C. Smith, USMC (ret.)

Colonel Alex A. Vardamis, USA (ret.)

Colonel Albert S. J. Tucker, USA (ret.)

Colonel Jerry Crews, USA (ret.)

Captain Peter A. Huchthausen, USN (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Jud McLester, USAF (ret.)

Lt. Colonel James H. Willbanks, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Frank E. Roberts, USA (ret.)

Commander Roger Paul Huff, USN (ret.)

Commander Allan Forst Geimer, USN (ret.)

Commander Ray C. Oman, USN (ret.)

Lieutenant Commander Carl V. Smith, USN (ret.)

Chief Warrant Officer William Arket, USA (ret.)

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 Brigadier General George Macon Shuffer, Jr., USA (ret.)

Captain Charles W. Rush, USN (ret.)

Colonel Charles W. Rush, USAF (ret.)

Colonel Ralph Wetterhahn, USAF (ret.)

Commander Roderick Burtram, USN (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Nelson O. Ottenhausen, USAF (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Joseph D. Posz, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Thomas Jackson Slaybaugh, USAF (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Nathaniel “Ted” Colby, USA (ret.)

Major Ralph H. Wandrey, USAF (ret.)

Captain Bernard W. Peterson, USMC (ret.)

Lieutenant Junior Grade James E. Vaughan, USN (ret.)

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Colonel Otis Hays, Jr., USA (ret.)

Colonel Gene P. Abel, USA (ret.)

Colonel John Schlight, USAF (ret.)

Colonel John E. Krebs, USA (ret.)

Colonel Jeffery M. Freeman, USA (ret.)

Colonel William M. Frash, USMC (ret.)

Commander Stephen Flynn, USCG (ret.)

Lt. Colonel William K. Emerson, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Glenn G. Boyer, USAF (ret.)

Lt. Colonel Gordon Cucullu, USA (ret.)

Lt. Colonel William F. Otten, Jr., USAF (ret.)

Lt. Colonel David A Grossman, USA (ret.)

Commander Royal W. Connell, USN (ret.)

Captain Skip Allen, USAF (ret.)

Phillip Vannatter, USA


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Combustible Dust: The Threat to First Responders

On December 19, 2008, Conversations with Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion with John Astad and Bob LaPlante on preventing and mitigating fire and explosion from combustible dust.  According to OSHA, “any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive.

 The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores of employees and injured hundreds over the past few decades.”  As an example, “In January 2003, devastating fires and explosions destroyed a North Carolina pharmaceutical plant that manufactured rubber drug-delivery components. Six employees were killed and 38 people, including two firefighters, were injured. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), an independent Federal agency charged with investigating chemical incidents, issued a final report concluding that an accumulation of a combustible polyethylene dust above the suspended ceilings fueled the explosion. The explosion severely damaged the plant and caused minor damage to nearby businesses, a home, and a school.”

 Program Date: December 19, 2008

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: Combustible Dust: The Threat to First Responders

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 About the Guests

John Astad is Director and Research Analyst of the Combustible Dust Policy Institute. At the Institute, John tracks and researches combustible dust related fires and explosions.  The results of this business intelligence data can be utilized by a myriad of stakeholders in the public and private sectors in developing cost effective strategies in assessing risk concerning combustible dust hazards in the workplace. John Astad holds a BS Business and Public Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, with a major in Environmental Management.

 Bob LaPlante is the General Manager at United Training Specialists (Phoenix, AZ).  He has 29 years of power plant experience in Engineering, Fire Protection and Emergency Response Planning.  His responsibility have included developing emergency response plans for power generating plants with regards to meeting OSHA, NFPA and DHS regulations and standards; and, developing emergency response power plant training, facility pre-plans, standard operating procedures and fire protection equipment maintenance and training programs for plant Emergency Response Team members. Bob LaPlante is a member of the NFPA, Edison Electric Institute’s Fire Committee, International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association and the Arizona Fire Training Association.

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, Criminal Justice technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole.

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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA


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 Major General Christopher S. Adams, Jr., USAF (ret.)

Major General Robert H. Scales Jr., USA (ret.)

Colonel John Jack Cobb, USA (ret.)

Colonel Walter B. Edgar, USA (ret.)

Captain Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. USN (ret.)

Captain Clif Cormier, USMC (ret.)

Commander Herbert Kriloff, USN (ret.)

Lieutenant Colonel Boardman C. Reed, USAF (ref)

Lieutenant Commander Herman R. Hebb, USN (ret.)

Lieutenant Commander Lawrence A. Marsden, USN (ret.)

Major Jack C. Hubbard, USAF (ret.)

Major Michael Nugent, USA (ret.)


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Police Author Published in Overseas Text Book

 December 5, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) In November 2008, the ICFAI Business School Research Center (Chennai, India) published Employee Morale: Concepts and Cases.  Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA is the author of Chapter 12: Morale: Whose Job is it Anyway?

 The ICFAI said of the book, the initiative “is to publish a series of books in the areas of finance, management and allied areas with a special focus on emerging and frontier areas.”  Foster, the co-author of Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style, said that he was contacted by the ICFAI University in the Summer of 2007 about using an earlier article on employee morale as the basis for a chapter in the book.  Foster continued, “we were just in the finishing stages of production on the leadership book when the Indian University contacted me.  I liked two things about the proposal – the subject is particularity interesting to me and it was an opportunity to reach out to an additional 900 million readers.”

 Foster noted that while the book has only recently reached US shores, it has been available in India since August 2008.  Foster said, “I hadn’t seen a copy, but when I began to get a lot of email from India from students, academics and business professional about the book, I knew it must have been published.”

 Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA is the author of books subjects of policing, technology and leadership. His most recent book, Leadership: Texas Hold ‘em Style has been adopted by several universities for course work and other organizations for employee development.  He is also a part-time faculty advisor, lecture and the Criminal Justice Department chair at the Union Institute and University.  Raymond can be reached through