In October 1987, I reported for duty at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Security Department and began my journey as Criminal Investigator. I soon discovered that military law enforcement organizations were operated entirely differently compared to it´s civilian counterpart I knew.
My first objective was to study the Chain of Command, it´s directives and policies. I studied the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), Manual for Court Martial (MCM), report writing, evidence handling and the art of military police investigative techniques, etc.
The new position was foreign and complicated but as time passed, I began to enjoy the elements of the environment and the Esprit de Core. In particular I enjoyed the Navy´s organized infrastructure, access to written guidelines, instructions, directives and discipline. As time passed and as I progressed in my position, I was often required to transfer TAD (Temporary Assigned Duty) to various Military facilities in the United States and Europe to gather further in-depth professional knowledge and hands-on experience.
In 1991, I was promoted to Chief Investigator in charge of a Division consisting of only active military personnel.
In 2001, I was promoted to the position as Special Assistant to the Security Officer and the Department´s Liaison Officer. These responsibilities furthermore required new different approaches and skills.
During this time I received numerous awards, honors and recognition. The experience I gained while serving with the Navy, both with civilians, enlisted and officers, changed my perspectives of live in general. Following the closure of the Naval Air Station, I withdrew from professional law enforcement.
As time goes by, I will prepare for my departure from Iceland, heading south for warmer and brighter days on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.