Monday, October 15, 2007

Donald Sensing's biography

By Donald Sensing

I was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. I graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in philosophy and took a commission as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army field artillery.

I married the former Catherine Stephens of Durham, N. C., in 1980. We have three children, the eldest a former U.S. Marine and Iraq veteran, the second a 2010 graduate of Wake Forest University now in medical school and the third, our daughter, studying chemical engineering at Tennessee Tech.

I served on four continents in the Army. I was an artillery forward observer in Korea, a battery commander, a brigade fire support coordinator, and howitzer-battalion operations officer in Germany, and operations officer for a Multiple-Launch Rocket System battalion in 18th Airborne Corps Artillery at Fort Bragg, NC. I was also qualified as a nuclear and chemical targeting analyst and was trained in counterterrorism at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, N. C. Along the way I also graduated as a first lieutenant from the US Army Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C.

In 1986 I attended the Defense Information School, from which I graduated first in my class. I then served as chief of media relations for XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, N. C. During the invasion of Panama in December 1989 (Operation Just Cause), I served on the Corps' Battle Management Cell.

Assigned to the Pentagon in early 1990, I was the speech writer and personal public affairs officer to Secretary of the Army Michael P. W. Stone until January 1991, when I was assigned to the U. S. Army Operations Center for the Gulf War.

After the return of forces to America, I was assigned to be Director of Media Relations for the National Victory Parades in Washington, D. C. and New York City, coordinating directly with White House staff and more than 650 national and international news organizations.

Subsequently, I was a plans officer on the Army Staff until May 1993. My final Army assignment was as chief of public affairs, U. S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Just before retiring, I served as a member of the Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation Task Force.

I retired in August 1995, answering my call to ordained ministry. I began classes at Vanderbilt Divinity School the same month. I was awarded a Master of Divinity in 1999 and have served full time as a United Methodist pastor since 1997. I was ordained an elder in full membership of the Tennessee Conference of the UMC in June 2002.

Since beginning blogging in March 2002, my work has been cited by The Washington Post, MSNBC, ESPN, OpinionJournal, ABC News, Commentary magazine, Time Magazine, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Religion, Wikipedia and many other major media outlets. I authored an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the subject of same-sex marriage entitled, "Save marriage? It's too late," which was subsequently reprinted in several religious journals.  I have also written for the Knoxville News Sentinel on the security implications of Osama bin Laden's death. I was a columnist for Right Network during its brief existence.

In April 2005, as a result of my online essay, "The pope and communism’s fall," I was an interview guest on FoxNews Channel's, "The O'Reilly Factor," on the topic, "Does the Vatican have a Realistic Plan to Confront Evil in Today's World?." On Sept. 2, 2013, I was an interview guest on the BBC's program, "World Have Your Say", on the topic of the impending American war against Syria (a followup post is here, "Just War and Syria Strikes").

My NormBlog profile is here.

I live in Fairview, Tenn., with my family, where I try to go trapshooting as often as possible.