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Kyle Ferlemann began his army career in 1982 as an enlisted infantryman. After earning his commission in 1985, Ferlemann trained as an Armor officer with the Kansas National Guard. He was deployed numerous times to disaster situations involving snow storms, floods, and tornados working closely with city governments and local law enforcement to rescue citizens and protect public and private property. He pursued and earned a master`s degree in Criminal Justice. This book is an outgrowth of his studies on the historical precedents for uses of the U.S. military in civilian and domestic environments.
Ferlemann`s training focused on two major fields of study: civil-military relations and anti-terrorism. His formal military training through the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth Kansas and the United States Air Force Special Operations School at Hurlbert Field Florida were instrumental in the development of his ideas on civil military interaction. Real world application of his certifications in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS), and as an instructor for the American Red Cross rounded out his education in civilian emergency response.
Promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2006 Ferlemann remains a member of the Kansas National Guard having experience at all levels from platoon through division. He held three company commands and numerous staff positions in operations and service support. He has served on federal deployments to Turkey (Northern Iraq), Bosnia, Kosovo, and in the City of New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane`s Katrina and Rita. Ferlemann`s civilian occupation as a journeyman pipefitter, working in power plant and oil refinery retrofitting, was interrupted on September 11th 2001 whereupon he dedicated himself fulltime to the Nation`s defense.
When not deployed he makes his home in Topeka, Kansas with Pamela, his wife of 20 years, and daughter Emily. He is an avid martial artist and, when time allows, enjoys sport shooting and blacksmithing.