My name is Jim. I’m a pilot for a major airline. I flew in the Navy and Navy Reserve for over 25 years. I also flew as a defense contractor in Afghanistan. I grew up in the Midwest as an Air Force brat. My dad passed away when I was a teenager, and my life was topsy turvy because of that. I overcame my teenage adversity and got an Aerospace Engineering degree. My Navy career had so many starts and stops, obstacles and interesting characters who mentored and frustrated me. I tried to get a flying job on the civilian side in the aftermath of 9/11, and that took many twists and turns, phenomenal failures, and crazy coincidences that got me back on track. I also ended a 23 year marriage after it seemed like everything was finally working out and going my way. I have reinvented myself, had my faith, perseverance, and emotional and spiritual health tested in so many ways. I feel that it may be my calling to share my story. Thanks for helping me on this journey.