About This Site

About This Site

Don Chapin, a retired “mustang” (enlistee, then officer) put this site together, primarily aimed at prospective military recruits, to provide forthright information about the military recruiting process and military life, without overwhelming the visitor with extraneous information … been there, done that with earlier versions. :-)

Don Chapin

Site Initiator, Don Chapin

Born December of ‘38. Married in '59, adopted 5 kids, plus one permanent placement, divorced in '80, taking two of those kids with him. Remarried in '81 and divorced again in '88. (Still in sporadic email contact with, and have ordained, my second wife, who is now on her third marriage). Married Diane in '90, widowed in Jan. '04.


Worked for and received both a BS and an MS in engineering ('66 & '67, respectively) from Oklahoma State Univ. (through USAF’s AECP). Ph.D. in Sociology in '03.


Enlisted in the USAF in '56 (After turning down a New York State college scholarship), as a nuclear/thermonuclear weapons maintenance electronics technician, then a maintenance team chief, experiencing traumatic situations along the way, which, occurring at the peak of the 'Cold War,' could have easily initiated Earth's obliteration.

Commissioned (demoted from SSGT to 2nd Lt.:-) after ten years enlisted service. Next nine years in aerospace research & development/ program management, developing hardware and the technology to save the Government several millions of dollars and untold lives(*).

Retired from the USAF in '77 and spent twelve years in industry as a multi-discipline aerospace engineer, computer programmer, systems analyst, market analyst, and Systems Engineer., quit aerospace because of company morality problems to be a small business consultant and spiritual book publisher, ultimately initiating companies in Delaware, California, Nevada and Hong Kong, plus negotiating a franchise publisher in India. Went back into aerospace, working for the Feds in '98 as a finite element (computer) specialist. Soon drafted as the Quality Dept. Team Lead (and as an ISO 9000 Lead Auditor), then four years as the Systems Engineering Team Lead , again retiring in June '04.


Starting in very late teens, in reaction to a grandmother's exhortations to "be saved," initially tried to "prove" the Old Testament was without merit (only lately finding many biblical scholars also have questions, particularly about the New Testament), but became an "armchair seeker," instead. With second divorce, became an "active seeker." From '89 through '96, we (Diane and I) presented classes, seminars, etc., in CA, NV and Hong Kong, that were "lead " by her guides. Ordained in '97 by Bridges In Consciousness (BIC) in Reno, NV, a nondenominational ministry that had "earned their spurs" as a HIV/AIDS support group. Had many and various "peak" experiences, as defined by James and Maslow, and documented on Buddha Consciousness website ("Spiritual/Mystical Experiences,” and, for low-level shamanic work, “Healing Earth.”)


Fully "Retired" in S., OR (after 14 moves in 15 years) in ‘05, assuming the functions of a web-based, free-church minister while having volunteered with SCORE, Veterans for Peace, my own small counter-recruitment group (Rogue Valley Peace Veterans, but finding that school admin personnel are too “into” the military to care about presenting alternative career options to their students. Publishing eleven books my late wife "wrote" and many other works based on notes through the years (Ref. Light_Path_Resources.org and/or Buddha_Consciousness.org) , traveling in a small RV and working on this website along with two personal-experience books (to be Book # 12 entitled “Engineering Your Spirituality” and # 13 entitled “In Psychic Defense”) from Light Path Resources) of his own . (*) Having been retired from the USAF for 40 years, then after subtracting the retirement checks received to date and my schooling at USAF expense from the very first $15M aircraft documented “save" from the hardware I developed, I figure I've got at least another 215 years before the break-even point where my schooling and retirement costs about equal that first aircraft "save," not to mention the aircrew lives saved from what had increasingly become known as a "widow-maker."

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