Setting A New Course

My dad and I at graduation, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. July 2, 2014

My dad and I at graduation, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. July 2, 2014

Dear Readers, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted here in a while. It’s true I’ve been distracted, but that is only part of the reason. Some of my friends already know this, but I have been gone for the past ten weeks. Why, you ask? Because of my new career.

You see, earlier this year, I decided to finally pursue one of my lifelong dreams and joined the US Army. I left for Basic Training at Ft. Jackson in Columbia, SC at the end of April and graduated on Wednesday. I entered the Army with the rank of specialist and my MOS is 35Q – Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist. I am now attending the Center for Information Dominance at Corry Station in Pensacola, Florida. I’ll be here for the next 6 months. Don’t worry, I have internet access again, so I plan to continue updating this website when the mood strikes.

With my new station in Pensacola, I’m looking forward to learning more about the Gulf region, particularly New Orleans. I have been fascinated with that city ever since I visited in the summer of 2000.

In other news, the third edition of my book Haunting Illinois will be coming out later this month. It features new cover photography from the very talented Cari Ann Wayman, 60 new places, and dozens of new photos. I will be posting more about that in the coming weeks. I just saw the preview copy my publisher sent me and it looks great!

Friends join me for Family Day at Fort Jackson, SC, July 1, 2014.

Friends join me for Family Day at Fort Jackson, SC, July 1, 2014.

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About Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, freelance columnist, and owner of Black Oak Media, inc.. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He lives in Rockford, Illinois, where he was the 2013 Republican candidate for mayor.

Posted on July 4, 2014, in Personal Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Tish Kleen Hamilton

    I am very proud of you. The first time I saw you was on TV and you were doing a Halloween special. I called my daddy and told him about you and he said yes we are related. I should have known because I am interested and n the same things writing and haunted history. Be safe

  2. Tish – where are you from? Not very many Kleens out there! What is your dad’s name?

  3. Congratulations! Looks like you have achieved a lot since we last spoke. Bravo Mike!

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