About and Why

This blog is primarily about the University of Pittsburgh’s football program and is intended to throw a little light hardheartedness and kernels of info to make you think and view that is a different light.

I started it just because I am now retired and have done a TON of writing for other people’s blogs. I have enjoyed doing it but feel pretty limited in scope of exactly what I can write about, pop off my opinions and and joke about.

Which brings us to here.. Theses are some essays and stories I have written and never published anywhere but feel that others’ may enjoy. I grew up in the Shadyside – Squirrel Hill part of Pittsburgh and lived there from birth until almost my 23rd birthday when I decide to break out and see the world by enlisting in the Coast Guard.

Here is my bio from that latter part of my life:

Lieutenant Commander Reed Kohberger began his Coast Guard career in 1978 as a recruit at TRACEN Cape May, NJ. Upon graduation as the Company Honor Recruit he was assigned orders to the U. S. Navy Quartermaster School in Orlando FL where he finished 1st in his class as the Honor Recruit.

He then served over five years of sea duty on three Coast Guard Cutters, sailing on the MALLOW out of Honolulu, HI, the BUTTONWOOD out of Galveston, TX and the IRONWOOD out of Kodiak, AK where he was awarded a permanent Cutterman’s Pin.

His shore units include a tour in the Office of Navigation at Coast Guard Headquarters, and as the Emergency Response Operations Center supervisor at Group Port Angeles, WA and Marianas Section, Guam. While at those units he won two nationwide awards for Coast Guard Search and Rescue Planner of the Year and was awarded  Small Boat Operations, Surface Operations and Coxswain’s pins.

Upon accepting a commission as a Chief Warrant Officer he entered the Marine Safety field, serving at the Marine Inspections Office New York, where he became a fully qualified Senior Marine Inspector and was awarded the Marine Safety qualification pin. He also served in the Emergency Operations and Preventions Division Baltimore, where he was the Passenger Vessel Branch Chief and responsible for regulatory oversight of all the cruise ship, small passenger, commercial fishing, and towing vessels in the Mid-Atlantic States area.

He then served in the Coast Guard Headquarters’ Office of Response where he was the Branch Chief, Response Policy Division and Project Manager for the Coast Guard’s National Incident Management System and Incident Command System implementation plan.  During this tour he volunteered and was assigned as the Coast Guard Liaison Officer for the Federal Agencies Emergency Response Operations.

His last billet was serving in the Office of Standards Evaluations and Development where he was a Regulatory Development Manager. He was also the project manager for the $500M Vessel Response Plans – Salvage and Marine Firefighting regulation and was the State dept. Nation to Nation  Liaison Officer to the Makah Tribe of Quillayute Washington.

His awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals and 33 other service medals and awards.