Ron Corbin served two tours in Vietnam as an Army helicopter and instructor pilot. He received numerous unit and individual ribbons for combat action, to include being awarded the Air Medal 31 times; once with “V” device for valor. Honorably discharged in 1969, he joined LAPD as a policeman and pilot/instructor pilot for Air Support Division. Retiring after an on-duty helicopter accident, he finished his college and graduate education. He holds a Masters in Elementary Education and a PhD in Security Administration with an emphasis on terrorism threats to America’s nuclear resources.
Joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) in 1993 as a crime prevention specialist, his specialty was Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This subject matter expertise led to him being interviewed in “Reader’s Digest,” “Sunset Magazine,” “PetroMart Business,” and Las Vegas Life” magazines, and a contributing columnist to “Las Vegas Now” magazine.
Ron has won ten writing awards for the Public Safety Writer's Association, including a "1st Place" for this book. He is a contributing author of stories published in seven anthologies. He has been a guest lecturer on Royal Caribbean International cruise lines, addressing citizens’ personal safety issues.
Ron's passion is to
promote personal safety.
Many of his tips can be found on his website at http://www.rcorbinsecurityauthor.com/.
Compared to other pilots in the unit who had received their flight training from local airport operators, Ron’s’ military training and unique combat flying experience as a Huey “Slick” pilot, and his wide background as a military instructor pilot, goes “beyond recognition” of some of the old timers at Air Support. He immediately becomes the target of jealousy by the unit’s chief pilot, Joe Claridge, whose animosity leads him to do everything he can to undermine Ron’s reputation, and ultimately “railroad” him out of the unit.
However, Ron’s flying ability as a command pilot is eventually recognized by the ASD Captain and Training Sergeant. He is selected to become a police instructor pilot, much to the objection of Joe, who feels that Ron hasn’t had enough experience in the unit. But after becoming one of the unit’s instructor pilots under Joe’s supervision, Ron soon finds himself going head-to-head with Joe over differences of opinion in training objectives for new police pilots. Ron quickly grasps the fact that Joe is nearing the end of his career and is actually afraid to fly. To hide his fear, Joe bows-out of certain missions that may be a little more “hazardous.” The stress Ron goes through with Joe causes Ron to have flash backs of some of the fear and horror of his Vietnam flying.
After an aircraft accident that claims the life of Ron’s police pilot trainee, Jeffrey Lindenberg, and one which puts Ron in the hospital with 70% burns, the LAPD Chief of Police assembles a Board of Inquiry into the cause of the accident. Joe sees his opportunity to seek jealous revenge on Ron by feeding misleading statements to the Board investigators that suggest blame on Ron and Jeffrey. The investigation eventually evolves in a manner that seeks to place unjustified blame on Ron. But the Board’s exercise in “finger-pointing” quickly backfires as Ron exposes a “cover-up” that has corporate and City attorneys scrambling to make a settlement.
Anthologies with Ron's stories...
Proceeds from these are donated to:
- Veterans Care Foundation, Inc
- various veterans' charities
- families of law enforcement officers killed in the 9-11 World Trade Center bombings
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