I have had a variety of occupations since starting work. I was a library page in high school. I worked as a library associate, a baker, a short-order cook and a hospital orderly at various times during college. Just before joining the Navy I worked as an agricultural loan specialist with a federal USDA agency.
I entered the Navy Nuclear Power program and spent a combined four years as an enlisted machinist’s mate on the Sturgeon-class fast attack, the USS Hammerhead (SSN-663) and on the commissioning crew of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the USS Michigan (SSBN-727 (B)). I returned to college, participated in Navy ROTC, and graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University. Following college, I returned to the fleet as a commissioned officer, serving division officer tours in engineering and weapons systems on the Coontz-class guided missile destroyer, the USS Luce (DDG-38). We decommissioned that great ship in April, 1991.
I joined the Foreign Service in 1992. While assigned to Embassy London, I completed an M.A. at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. I rose through the ranks, entered the Senior Foreign Service in 2008, and retired in 2013 with 34 years of total federal service.
Since junior high (probably before) I have written and loved reading poetry. I recently completed an MS in Library and Information Science, and I look forward to a career as a librarian.
See more of my poetry here:
Baghdad Nights by Raymond Maxwell (diplopundit.net)