About Me

Greetings and welcome to my page.

I am a retired U.S. Army colonel now living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania with my family. I was raised in Wolcott, Connecticut — sandwiched between the cities of Waterbury (the Brass City) and Bristol (original home of ESPN), but went to college at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and was commissioned into the Army’s Signal Corps. I would eventually earn Masters degrees in artificial intelligence from Naval Postgraduate School and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and recently gained my Doctor of Education from The George Washington University.

My service in the Army took me to many places around the world. In the early 2000s while stationed in Germany, I decided that I would spend my off-duty time traveling as much as I could and writing about it. I found European history fascinating and wanted to learn more about it first-hand, not from books but from visiting places. I built up a small website using Yahoo!GeoCities and Microsoft FrontPage (a really good and cheap web development tool), drew up maps and such, and posted vignettes about the places I visited. It was terrific — a lot of old Army veterans formerly stationed in Cold War Germany would write to me about their experiences, and I got a chance to visit and write about several former Soviet Union states who were emerging from the Cold War and integrating with the West.

By 2003, however, my traveling and writing days were done due to my duties and beginning my own family. I simply could not devote any time to updating the site (and once FrontPage was discontinued I had no means to update it anyway) and so I let it sit idle, un-updated for a very long time. I am now finally getting back to it, revisiting some of those old stories and re-releasing them in a newer medium — as a WordPress blog. I hope you enjoy the blog as I re-build it, and invite you to visit the old pages which are still active.

All the best!
Tom Galvin