Robert Zabel

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United States Air Force member Robert Zabel is an artist, writer, and overall remarkable man.
Robert Zabel has combined his experience as a poet, musician, artist, and fighter pilot to develop a firm sense of commitment and citizenship. A graduate student from Oklahoma State University, he currently enjoys pursuing his many hobbies and helping his community grow.

One of the organizations he actively volunteers with is concerned with troops who have received traumatic brain injuries. While many soldiers come home with scars, both physical and emotional, others may come home with TBI (traumatic brain injuries) that can affect their lives in almost every conceivable way. TBI victims may even lose the ability to speak, walk, or any number of other senses. The work Robert Zabel does is fascinating because he understands the devotion these soldiers have.

He also enjoys playing his guitar and Native American flute. Though he only recently picked up the instruments, he likes to sit and pluck away for hours on end figuring out chord progressions, notes, and strumming patterns. Learning guitar is like learning every other instrument, except the asymmetrical dimensions of a guitar requires a firm understanding of left hand, right hand coordination. It is a very rewarding pursuit, one he hopes to keep at for the rest of his life.

Though his experience as an electrical engineer education and fighter pilot require a left-brained focus, he is an active member of the artistic community. He even completed a major in art at Oklahoma State and enjoys creative writing in his spare time. As he continues to live out his days, he hopes to never lose sight of his hobbies and passions.
He attended Oklahoma State University on scholarships and grants. Founded in 1890, the university is a flagship institution and well-renowned for its engineering and agricultural specializations and schools. It is also known for its athletics, a point of pride for countless universities throughout the country. The university has everything a student needs; housing, Greek life, student organizations, and most importantly scholarships.

Scholarships allow students to attend universities on a dime. Though some are as small as a few hundred dollars and others full-tuition, scholarships are a blessing for students across the world seeking an education. Donors set up trusts or directly give to students with potential to do great things in the world, but actively following through on the promise is not easy.

The best students are self-starters and motivated from the get-go. These students actively study, become involved in student life and athletics, and grow into miniature branding tools for any given university. Finding success on a university-level takes a lot of commitment. For many students, college is the first time they are away from home. The most important thing for students to remember is that they are in charge of their own destiny at school and they only take away what they put in. If students elect to party and sleep through class, that is their own prerogative, though others take advantage of institutions in order to secure a future, especially when the price of an education is going up every year.

While at Oklahoma State, he received his BA in art, history, and political science. Art majors usually start with survey courses and study a variety of artistic movements and styles. Some art majors move on to a career as a museum curator, restoration expert, or even a teacher. The best artists, however, actually are able to sell their work and hopefully make a living from it.

History majors are a lot more useful than people are led to believe. Like art majors, history majors begin their education with broad survey courses in world history. As they go on, the courses become more specific and cover small amounts of time. History majors learn how to develop precision and unparalleled research skills.

Political science majors, on the other hand, deal with things a lot more contemporary than art and history majors. These students are active, well-versed in world politics and news, and usually looking for a career in management, political organization, or elected representation. These high-powered students are usually forward-thinking and smart individuals with an eye for perfection and communication.

The year 1986 marks the time when Robert Zabel joined the ROTC, a life-changing experience that has helped shape him into the person who he has become today. The ROTC program is usually implemented and operated through a conglomeration of area high schools and allows students to prepare for a military career. It fosters determination, strong will, and gives potential soldiers an edge in every aspect of life. He performed well, though his immediate aspirations led him elsewhere before becoming a full-fledged member of the United States Air Force. Soon after graduating from Oklahoma State University he joined the active United States Air Force. The Air Force was formed in 1947 and deals with a range of operations and functions, including special operations, cyberspace superiority, precision attack, command and control, and others. It has more than 330,000 active personnel made up of motivated soldiers.

Later, Robert Zabel received a master’s degree in air and space studies, an advanced field concerned with flight and other aviation fields. While in the Air Force, Robert Zabel served as a back seat fighter pilot and logged more than 750 combat hours. He then went on to become an editor for 4RV Publishing Co.

Editors, no matter the publication company’s size or the type of content the company produces, are managers with an English-type background. They run a business, for one, but also need to judge, critique, comment, and put out readable material. Processing a manuscript (or even a small journal) takes hundreds of man-hours, and every word, comma, and page number needs to be looked at. Other than the grammar-specific aspects, editors are usually accompanied by page designers who lay out the text and prepare any given document for publishing.

Throughout his life and career, Robert Zabel has become a promising poet, musician, and community supporter. He became interested in creative writing at a young age and focused on poetry, a highly-subjective hobby. Though Zabel, unlike countless others, had the skill and poetic talent to get several of his pieces published over the years. It is not difficult for writers to put a few lines on a page, but creating a poem that expresses emotion and story is a difficult endeavor.

Robert Zabel recently picked up the guitar and Native American flute, instruments that had caught his eye for years. Learning guitar and the flute are a lot like flying fighter jets; they take dexterity, imagination, and calluses. He is enjoying the endeavor but realizes that he will never become as good as some of the greats.

But whether he is writing poetry, plucking his guitar, hanging out with Air Force buddies, or walking his Labradoodle, Robert Zabel tries to learn new things every day and refine his skills and relationships as a trusted friend and confidant. Robert Zabel’s experience in the military taught him discipline, respect, and how to become a good citizen.
Robert Zabel, poet, artist, and ex-USAF fighter pilot, looks forward to a quiet future where he can continue pursuing his many hobbies and interests. He understands that community involvement is vital for the growth of the nation, the very nation he protected throughout his career. Currently involved with traumatic brain injury victims, he hopes to branch out and diversify his support.

He hopes to one day get better at his guitar and flute even though he knows it will take a lot of hard work. His other hobbies, however, are ones he has pursed for his entire life. As an arts patron, Robert Zabel has developed a fine-eye for quality and style. He is looking forward to free time in order to write poetry, a hobby that has gotten him published several times. Each poem is like a piece of art and can take as few as five minutes to write or several hours. Publishing poetry is both a rewarding and exciting endeavor, one he hopes to do more of in the future.

Other than writing and playing guitar and flute, he is best friends with his Labradoodle, a Labrador-Poodle mix. These dogs require love, care, and freedom, and he is more than willing to oblige. Having active, loving pets is a great thing to come home to after a long day’s work.

Though more than anything, he hopes to shape his future out of his past and continue pursuing education, his hobbies, and finding where he fits in in the scheme of things. A person’s future is only as promising as his or her past, so it is important to constantly reflect on previous accomplishments and keep striving for success.

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  • University of Colorado , United States , Colorado Springs, CO

    Graduate Certificate Homeland Defense
    01/2008 - 01/2010
  • Squardron Officer School , United States

    01/1994 -
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University , United States

    Aerospace Science
    01/1994 - 01/2006
  • Oklahoma State University , United States , Norman, OK

    Bachelor of Arts
    01/1983 - 01/1988
Career History
  • Senior Analyst , United States

    not defined
    01/2011 to 12/2099
  • Retired , United States

    not defined
    01/2008 to 12/2099
  • Artist , United States

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  • Board Member , United States
    to 12/2099
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  • Mission Development
  • Mission Analysis
  • Interagency Coordination
  • Civil-military Relations
  • Exercises
  • NIMS
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