Gary Duke

Profile Updated: October 5, 2018
Gary Duke
Residing In Severn, MD USA
Spouse/Partner Elecia
Occupation Dept of Defense Section Chief
Children Amanda, born 1988
Military Service: US Air Force
Yes! Attending Reunion
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After working at Reeve's Grocery for 5 long years going nowhere, I decided to make a huge change and joined the Air Force. They told this old country boy from Alvaton that he was going to California to learn Korean and train as a Cryptologic Language Analyst. One of the first things I did was go find an atlas to see where Korea was. I spent a total of 7 years in Korea, and the other 13 years in the states waiting to go back to Korea. Why isn't South Korea listed in the countries served under the "Military Service" section? I retired from the AF after 20 years and was lucky enough to go back into the same job as a government civilian... plan to retire from that job in a few years and move back to KY.

School Story

Not a school story... but I want to give a shout out to Ludwig (aka Wes Aymett) for making my last couple of weeks in KY so memorable. We packed that time with water skiing, fishing, frog gigging, seining ponds for turtles, and drinking more than a few Natural Lights. BTW, we did catch a fairly good-sized snapping turtle that we had my wife fry up for us. I guess the fact that it had moss growing on its shell should have tipped us off that it was ancient and wouldn't be that good, but we ate it anyway. Lastly, I'm sure that my other KY "brother" Bill Campbell would have been right there with us, but he was already serving the country as an Air Force Intel Analyst.

What did you want to do or think you were going to do when you finished high school?

I didn't have a clue... maybe work my way up to manager at Reeve's Grocery store. I know one thing though -- joining the military certainly wasn't part of the plan.

What is something you've dreamed of doing, but probably never will. (keep it clean guys)

Hitting a hole-in-one.

Favorite place to go?

Home after work.

What would be your dream vacation?

A cabin deep in the woods on the shore of a lake in the dead of winter. However, since I go on vacation with my wife Leca (nee Elecia Young), the only woods I see are palm trees and the shore is covered by sand.

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