I’m Dr Dave Vollmer, a meteorologist and Air Force Lt Col stationed at Hurlburt Field, Florida. I’m married with two young sons. I grew up on Long Island, graduated with a BS in meteorology from Penn State, and have been in the Air Force since 1996. I received an MS in meteorology from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a PhD in meteorology from North Carolina State. I’ve served all over the country, in Korea, in Bosnia, and am a veteran of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
I received my first HO scale electric train set at age 8. My father was and is an avid model railroader, so it clearly rubbed off on me. I’ve built 6 train layouts (not including the one my father built for me as a kid). I spent some time modeling the Rio Grande Southern in HOn3, and have modeled HO standard gauge based on Colorado and later Pennsylvania in the early 1900s. In March of 2002 I switched to N scale, and decided to model the PRR in the transition era. I also began modeling Conrail circa 1980.
I also have a private pilot license (not current) and enjoy golfing (no matter how bad I am at it). I used to be very active as a Civil War reenactor (Union), but have not done it recently. Lastly, I enjoy brewing beer.