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About the Author

Kevin S. BemelI am a writer and historian, currently working on a series of articles for Russia at War, to be published next year by  ABC-Clio, a major publisher of references and history books.

Additionally, I am in the Navy Reserves, assigned to a domestic emergency response unit in San Diego, California and I am the Executive Director of the Institute for Living Intentionally, an organization that provides round the clock chaplain support to veterans and their family members transitioning to civilian life.

Previous Military Experiences

Prior to this, I served three tours of duty in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps, first at Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan. My second tour was as the Command Chaplain for Carrier Air Wing Fourteen at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. During this tour I completed a seven-month shipboard combat deployment to the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea and participated in the humanitarian assistance in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. In September 2013 I completed my third tour with Submarine Squadron 11 at Naval Base Point Loma, California where I oversaw the welfare of the crews of six fast attack nuclear submarines, periodically getting underway with them.

In the course of various shipboard exercises and deployments I created the Three Pillars of Fitness – Physical | Mental | Spiritual, to help sailors and Marines get and stay at peak performance.

I received the following awards and decorations: Captain George P. Smith, USN Leadership Award, the Deep Submergence Insignia pin, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and other campaign and service awards.

Business Experience

Prior to joining the navy, I spent twenty years running the firm I founded, Bemel Management Co., that performed real estate appraisal, brokerage, and management services. During that time the company appraised over $1 billion worth of property, brokered and auctioned off more than $27 million worth of real estate, and managed a portfolio valued at over $25 million.

Teaching and Speaking

I have 36 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, and speaker including 23 years conducting classes and seminars on a wide variety of business topics including entrepreneurship, sales, finance, investments, real estate appraisal and brokerage, tax and regulatory matters, and personal finances. In 1989, I co-founded Paller Real Estate School in Agoura, California and established the ongoing curriculum. I was certified to instruct appraisal standards and ethics by the Congressionally-appointed national board, of which there were fewer than 400 nationwide. Currently, I am an instructor for UCLA Extension.

Academic Qualifications

Academically, I received rabbinic ordination from the Pirchei Shoshomin Semicha Program in Lakewood, New Jersey. I hold a Master of Religious Studies from Aish Hatorah Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Southern California. Currently I am working on a Master of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. My thesis is a study of library services available to sailors, Marines, and other sea service personnel during World War II.

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