My name is Patrick Shrier and I am retired from the military after 23 years in the US Army. I was a 19D4XP5 Armored Cavalry Scout by Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). I spent virtually my entire career in Divisional Cavalry units except for time as a Drill Sergeant, a close combat weapons tester, and three horrible years on staff. I deployed twice in my career, to Bosnia for 11 1/2 months in 1996 and to Iraq for 13 months from 2003-2004.
I am married with one son, who is eighteen, and my wife is German. I have spent a total of 13 years in Europe and have dragged my family along to as many battlefields as I could. My main interest is Prussian History from the 16th Century to 1918 with particular emphasis on the Wars of German Unification and World War I.
I completed my BA in World Military History in June of 2007 and an MA in European History in May 2011. I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. I completed both history degrees with the American Military University (AMU) in Charles Town, WV.
I have been a lifelong history fanatic and my wife tells me I am a geek. I travel quite often with family and they are now used to me dragging them to at least one battlefield or historical site per vacation. And of course, I belong to that subset of the population derisively called preppers that all the sheep will be coming to for help when bad things happen and Big Brother ain’t there anymore.