Friday, January 31, 2014

My thoughts after seven days...

It was exactly a week ago I found out I needed to be tested for TB. Now it's a disease that I'm going to have the rest of my life! I realize it's in the latent form, and more than likely won't cause me or anyone near me any more harm. It still makes me mad.

Is this little chapter in my life blog worthy? I don't really think so, but it's an easy way to keep track of events and occurrences, and if someone is interested, I can point them to a link (perhaps someday).

Day 7

January 31, 2014
07:55-Sandy, Amber, Gavin and Aydin (wife, daughter, grandsons) arrived at the Brevard County Health Department for PPD testing. Paid $15.00. They told her they could not give free testing.

10:00- Woke up, took my meds.

11:00- Ate breakfast

12:31- Arrived at Chiron Urgent Care Center to have them correct my DCW-25 form for Workman’s Comp. Dr. Welch gave me new one to include 1) transferring care and service to my Primary Care Physician and to add “(needed for) routine evaluation and management of medication – compliant treating his exposure”. He also moved my anticipated MMI date to 11/01/2014.

13:07- Visited Nurse Rimes, R.N. at the Brevard County Health Department to see why they didn’t give my family free shots like they said they would.1/30/14.

13:20- Visited Royal Oak Medical Center to give Dr. VanEaton a copy of my new Workman’s Comp paper work from Dr. Welsh. Gave paperwork directly to Jo Smith.

13:47- Received a call from Nurse Maura Serrie, R.N., T. B. County Program Manager, from the Brevard County Health Department, Rockledge office. She said my family would not be authorized free of charge PPD testing, because only those who have been exposed to an active TB carrier could receive the testing. My family was exposed to me, a secondary exposure patient, therefore, not eligible. She said Nurse Debbie Rimes in Titusville was not authorized to give my family free testing. Her telephone number is 321-634-3550.



Worked
Location/Provider: AmeriSys, Chiron, Royal Oak
Duration: 3 hours
Mileage:  14.8 miles


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Day 6

January 30, 2014

13:15- Met with Debbie Rimes, R.N. Brevard County Health Department, Titusville Clinic, 611 Singleton Avenue, Titusville, FL 32796, Phone: (321) 383-2795, Fax: (321) 269-6368. I told Nurse Rimes my work situation. I asked her some of my questions. She told me all of my family members should be PPD tested, and they would do it at no charge. She also strongly recommended I consult with my family physician. My family members should come in on Monday or a Friday, then two days later for a test reading. The meeting concluded approximately 13:35.

14:30- Met with my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Leonard VanEaton, at Royal Oak Medical Center, Titusville, FL regarding my situation. He answered some of my questions and told me that:

  • The TB medication I am taking, Isoniazid, is very hard on the liver and initial liver enzyme tests should be taken prior to taking.
  • Additionally liver enzyme tests and monthly evaluations are needed until the treatment is complete.
  • He pointed out on my Workman’s Comp form DCW25, my MMI (Maximum Medical Improvement) date is currently Feb. 4, 2014 and that is not correct. My MMI is not achieved until after all of the treatment is completed.
  • As a Workman’s Comp (AmerySys) physician, he would be willing to take my case.
  • He ordered laboratory blood work and told me to return upon completion.

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Day 5

    January 29, 2014

    13:00- Received AmerySys paperwork in the mail today to return signed to my employer ASAP. My first and last name was misspelled on the forms.

    14:03-Called work and spoke with Lt. Tate. Told her I would not be at work or until 2/4. Said I would call Lt. Henry tonight and give him an update on my situation.

    14:11-Arrived at Urgent Care Center as directed, they had given me paperwork with missing dates. The completed the forms and returned them to me.

    14:31-My case manager Bernice called. Corrected my name in the system over the phone. She said she would be sending me new forms. She also said I would be given a permanent case manager, and she was only temporary. The company handling my prescriptions is Progressive Medical, State of Florida, Tel: 877-835-5879.

    14:47- Called Progressive Medical, State of Florida, Tel: 877-835-5879, about my case. I worked with the operator (Name Emanuel) to find me in the system, and have him correct the spelling of my name.

    15:20- Picked up my prescription of Isoniazid, and vitamin B-6. Began Isoniazid treatment, took the first pills within 15 minutes.

    20:16- Sent Lt. Henry an email with the attached form DC2-588 and DCW25, as per instructed. I copied my work email and Gmail accounts. The PDF files successfully opened on my emails. Printed a copy, filed it.

    20:30- Phoned Lt. Henry to touch base and notify him of the email I sent. We confirmed that I would be back to work on Feb. 4, at 7:00pm as scheduled.

    20:45-Questions that I have for the doctor:

    • Q. Since I was exposed to TB, tested positive and was required to wear a mask, do my family and friends that came in contact with me need to be tested too? 
    • Q. Can a chest x-ray really see if I have active TB in my lungs? 
    • Q. Am I safe to be around other now with a mask? 
    • Q. Is there a more accurate test for me than a chest x-ray. 
    • Q. If I have Latent TB, what is the actual level of infection in my body? 
    • Q. At work, how long was the air filtration system not working in the Isolation Rooms before it was discovered? 
    • Q. At work, what are the safety check and emergency protocols for the system and personnel. 
    • Q. Is 5 days on the medication, Isoniazid adequate to make me safe around others? 
    • Q. May I switch to a new physician under Workman’s Comp

      Worked
      Location/Provider: AmeriSys, Chiron, CVS, Progressive
      Duration: 6 hours
      Mileage:  8.6 miles

        Tuesday, January 28, 2014

        Day 4

        January 28, 2014

        13:05- I have not received any missed calls or voice messages regarding an update to medical testing or supplies from either work or Workman’s Comp.

        13:43- Was phoned by Urgent Care to come in for a follow up visit. Went to website for more information, which indicates blood tests are needed for diagnosis, and chest xrays only indicate if a pulmonary form has spread to the lungs. http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general.htm

        13:48-Arrived at Urgent Care Center and met with Dr. John Welsh. He reviewed the x-rays with me and told me no active TB could be seen in my lungs. He indicated that he was going to prescribe me Isoniazid, 300mg to take once a day for 9 months, he also said I should take vitamin B-6 with it, and I should follow up regularly with my Primary Care Physician. He told me, and filled out paperwork for my employer that I should return to work Feb. 4, 2014 with no restrictions.


        Worked
        Location/Provider:  Chiron
        Duration: 2 hours
        Mileage:  4

        Monday, January 27, 2014

        Day 3

        January 27, 2014, Monday

        12:10- Nurse P. gave me a green face mask to wear, and told me I needed x-rays.

        12:25- Sergeant W from the Control Room called me at the nurses station and notified me that the Warden  has been notified of this event, and I would soon be relieved from duty and would be going home. At that point I prepared to leave, making sure the building and inmates were secure. I also made a copy of Post Orders, Procedure 403.004 “Emergency Treatment of Staff and Visitors”, 3/23/2013. I also made a copy of the Bed Book Roster to have the names with me of which inmates were in special isolation rooms.Inmates assigned as Palliative Care Orderlies for the shift include:

        12:46- Officer N enters Medical Housing, obtains a stack of 5 or 6 masks and takes them out into the main compound.

        01:15- Told to leave duty station and report to Lt. J. Henry, OIC

        01:30- Reviewed Workman's Comp paperwork with Lt. Henry

        01:45- With Lt. H. in his office with Ofc. Abrue, he calls Workman's Comp. (AmeriSys), to get case number and further instructions. My claim number is 1390005184.

        02:00- Sent home from work. Told to wait for a call from AmeriSys.

        11:39- From home called AmeriSys, 1-800-455-2079. They told me a nurse would call me back.

        11:39-Called AmeriSys for instructions, they said a nurse would call me back.

        11:57- Nurse Bernice from AmeriSys called me and told me to report to Urgent Care lab for testing. She took a brief health survey of me over the phone. If I need to talk to her, or report progress, call her directly at 407-215-1522. She said she would mail me report forms.

        13:39- Spoke with Ms. Kearney, advised to send Lt. Henry email updates, confirming instructions not to submit an Incident Report.

        13:40- Arrived at Chiron Urgent Care Center. Wore mask. Filled out standard office information background history forms. Received chest x-ray. Saw Dr. Richard Krubel, M.D., asked about my cough. Said we needed radiology evaluation.

        15:36-Left clinic, was told that I'd be contacted to review the results of the x-ray. Nurse Brian heard my concerns about exposing family, and suggested I wear a mask, but not to alarm other members until test results are in. Dr. prescribed face masks (see photo). Travel to claim, Home-Chiron-Pharmacy-Home. Trip completed at: 6:00 pm, total distance traveled 8.6 miles.n, worked hours 4.15 (1:40pm -6:00pm).

        16:25- Arrived at CVS to pick up face masks, Workman's Comp declined payment. Will try again later.

        17:07-Bernice at Workman’s Comp is trying to help CVS pay for masks.

        20:12- Sent an email to Lt. Henry informing him of the situation up until now. Copied my work and personal Gmail account.


        Worked
        Location/Provider: AmeriSys, Chiron, CVS
        Duration: 6 hours
        Mileage:  8.6 miles

        Sunday, January 26, 2014

        Day 2

        January 26, 2014, Sunday

        18:45- Reported to work, sent to Outside Post duty 7-11 pm.

        23:10- Relieved from Post duty, told to report to Medical as Housing Officer.

        23:15 Reported to duty station as Medical Officer, present were Nurses P. and C. and Officer N. . Signed in on the Medical Housing Log, completed a walk through security check, verifying locked doors, empty offices and an informal inmate count. Immediately after my security check, Nurse B. wanted to see my arm where the test site was. She examined it by touch and site and indicated she thought it was positive. Immediately she called Nurse M. Carlson over for a second opinion. He wasn't quite so sure, but said it might be. Nurse Paul then said, “Let’s wait until Nurse K. comes in, because he’s much more experienced at evaluating this.” Nurse Carlson concurred. One of the nurses also mentioned that when Nurse K. comes in, he also needs to examine Officer A., whose test also appeared positive. At that point I asked Nurse P. if Lt. H. has been notified, and she said yes.

        23:30- Nurse K. came in and Nurses C. and P. called Nurse K. over to examine my TB test site. He did, and said it appeared positive, then K. asked me to follow him into the lab where it brought out a clear vinyl measuring device, placed it on my arm and measured the exact size of the reaction on my arm. He said, “that is definitely a positive reaction.

        Friday, January 24, 2014

        Day 1

        January 24, 2014

        18:30- Arrived at work

        18:45- During pre-work meeting we were notified that the isolation rooms were malfunctioning, and were not ventilating properly. We would all need to be tested for Tuberculosis exposure that night, and Lt. H. gave us forms to take to medical on that shift.  The Medical Facility also know as Medical, The Palliative Care Unit, or B-Dormitory is staffed by one or two, sometimes three Registered Nurses from Corizon Health and one Correctional or Housing Officer.

        18:55- Departed for Outside Post duty. Shift 7-11 pm.

        23:00- Relieved from Outside Post duty, was told to report to Medical as Housing Officer.

        23:10- Reported to Medical, received equipment, did a security check. Reported to Nurse for TB injection test. It was either Nurse P. or B.

        23:15- Noticed a new sign was placed on alarm station for Isolation rooms, that the rooms should be tissue tested every 8 hours for negative pressure.

        Rabbit Run


        I wrote this on post duty the other night. Post duty at a prison is driving around the outside, very slowly and making sure everything is secure. If by chance there was some movement or disruption to the electronic sensors, the officer would investigate and call the results in by radio. A rabbit in prison, is slang for an escapee, and the Rabbit Run is the area between the two outside fences. Each fence is usually about twelve feet tall, and covered from top to bottom in razor wire. Here's my song, just need to set it to music...

        Rabbit Run

        Headed down the rabbit run, a hundred miles an hour. One eye on the prison guard, the other on the tower.

        They locked me up in 2004 for robbin' a convenience store.  I didn't wanna shoot the guy, but at that second it was him or I.

        Sittin' here with all my friends, never going to make amends. My Mama cries both day and night, that's why I'm gonna make this flight.

        If I can make it underground, I'll avoid the cameras or take a round. Don't wanna climb that thorny wire, it'll spill my guts before I tire.

        Headed down the rabbit run, a hundred miles an hour. One eye on the prison guard, the other on the tower.

        - G. Koerner, Jan. 22, 2014, 12:30am

        Thursday, January 23, 2014

        The Daydawn is Breaking, a favorite hymn.

        This isn't the first song I've shared on one of my blogs. Anyone who knows me, knows I love music, and knows I don't care who hears me when I sing.  The songs I love vary from hymns, to country and I have a partiality for old Baptist bluegrass.  Sometimes there are verses on religious music that I don't agree with, but that doesn't make the song any less worthy in my ears (or heart).  I even love a good patriotic song by Toby Keith or an occasional pop song.

        The other morning I was driving post around the prison, making sure all was secure and the sun was rising, oh about thirty minutes before it actually came up.  Out of the blue, I just started singing the first line, "The day dawn is breaking, the world is awaking...".  The words popped into my head like I sang it yesterday, but in fact, I think its been over a decade.

        The Day Dawn Is Breaking, no. 52
        1. The day dawn is breaking, the world is awaking, The clouds of night's darkness are fleeing away. The worldwide commotion, from ocean to ocean, Now heralds the time of the beautiful day.

        [Chorus] Beautiful day of peace and rest, Bright be thy dawn from east to west. Hail to thine earliest welcome ray, Beautiful, bright, millennial day.

        3. Still let us be doing, our lessons reviewing, Which God has revealed for our walk in his way; And then, wondrous story, the Lord in his glory Will come in his pow'r in the beautiful day.

        4. Then pure and supernal, our friendship eternal, With Jesus we'll live, and his counsels obey Until ev'ry nation will join in salvation And worship the Lord of the beautiful day.

        Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942
        Music: William Clayson, 1840-1887

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        Rope


        What is it I love about rope?

        You can tie it, bend it, mold it and format potters clay.  If you mess it up, it straightens out, over and over again for another day.

        It's useful, decorative, conforms to my imagination and will.  When I'm done with it, I just put it down, and it waits for me so still to play another day.

        Sadly, I'm afraid rope has other uses; like over the limb of a hangman's bough.  But proudly it does its job, serving its purpose, forever neutral to the user's intentions.

        For me it will always be a useful, creative and trustworthy friend, that does its best to serve my needs.  Thanks rope!

        - Gus Koerner, 01/22/14, 2:00am

        Introduction and Timeline of Employment

        I am employee with the Florida Department of Corrections.

        I was hired May 10, 2013 as a Correctional Officer and went immediately to work at the Central Florida Reception Center (CFRC), Main Unit.

        On July 1, 2013 I entered the Florida Corrections Academy, taught by FL DOC instructors in curriculum provided and over seen by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

        September 11, 2013 I graduated from the Corrections Academy.

        September 18, 2013 I passed the Correctional Officers Exam administered by FDLE.

        October 18, 2013 I received my badge in a pinning ceremony held at CFRC.

        At that time I continued working at the CRFC Main Unit until November 22, 2013 where I transferred to the CFRC, South Unit.

        Wednesday, January 22, 2014

        Edgar


        Edgar! Hey Edgar! Where did you go, you little bastard?

        I know you don't mind it when I call you that, because we're pals.

        You come out to watch the drive around the prison, and sneak over to get some food.  It's hide and seek, or "sneak" I should say.

        But in the end, you usually come out to greet me, and we share an apple or a carrot, then you go away; and I do too, until the next time.  Thanks for being my bud, you rascally a little raccoon.

        Edgar , 1/22/14, 3:30am, by Gus Koerner
        Photo by Wikipedia

        Monday, January 20, 2014

        My Professional Resume

        RESUME/CURRICULUM VITA

        DATE: January 20, 2014

        WORK EXPERIENCE:

        Correctional Officer
        FL Department of Corrections
        Central Florida Reception Center, Main Unit, Orlando, FL
        May 10, 2013 to Present

        Responsible for the care, custody and control of male inmates within the confinement of a prison system. Graduated from the FL DOC Corrections Academy, Orlando, FL September 11, 2013, Certified, September 25, 2013.
        --
        Transition Facilitator, 100-Hour Transition Program
        Florida Department of Corrections
        (Employed by General Data Kommunications Network, Pembroke Pines, FL)
        Central Florida Reception Center, Main, East and South Units, Orlando, FL
        October 10, 2012 to May 9, 2013

        The 100-Hour Transition Program is a state mandated program which covers job readiness and life management skills, including the change process and criminal thinking; decision-making; problem solving; values and principles; goals and goal setting; social situations; health and wellness; substance abuse, addictions and recovery; families; employment; money matters; and community reentry.
        --
        Substitute Teacher, School Board of Brevard County (as needed, as available)
        Under the supervision of the School Administration, as a Substitute Teacher, I instruct
        students during the absence of a full time teacher, primarily high school science and mathematics.

        September 2012 to Present
        --
        Small Business Owner/Trainer, First Steps Outdoors, LLC
        First Steps Outdoors, LLC is an outdoor education company specializing in teaching individuals, families and other small groups elements of outdoor education including: Firearms Safety, Archery, Marksmanship and Navigation.
        Self Employed July 2012 to Present
        --
        4-H Youth Development Agent
        Univ. of Florida, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners
        Employed: Sept. 2005 to July 6, 2012

        University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) / Brevard County, FL Extension Service working in youth and adult informal education of various topics related to science, technology and leadership. The major job focus areas include Organizational Management, Program Development and Sustainability, Volunteer Management and Youth Instruction.
        --
        Program Manager, Biological Research and Education
        Employed: Aug. 2001 to Aug. 2005

        On loan to NASA, serving as an Intergovernmental Personnel Exchange Agreement (IPA) through Utah State University. Responsible for developing concrete and lasting alliances between NASA, the Kennedy Space Center - Biological Sciences branch, other government agencies and industry, to collaborate in the continued advancement of crop research and education in space agriculture and its related disciplines. (See EDUCATION INVOLVEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS for more information.)

        Co-author & Program Manager, Space Agriculture In The Classroom
        Leading in conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research Extension and Education Service the Space Ag In The Classroom program. This agency program uses NASA's Advanced Life Project's "Crops In Space" premise, with the to inspire the nation's children to have a greater interest in earth based food and fiber.

        Education Manager, Advanced Life Support Integration
        Coordination of all Advance Life Support education nationwide with universities and NASA field centers engaged in ALS research, while getting their message to the public. The universities include: Iowa State University, Texas Tech University, Purdue University, Texas Tech University, Tuskegee University, University of Florida, and Utah State University.

        Plants, Soils and Biometeorology Department
        Employed: May 1, 2001 to July 2001
        Utah State University
        Logan, UT 84322-4820
        --
        Advanced Life Support Project Manager & NASA Extension Specialist For Biological Research and Education

        Tasked with developing a preliminary plan for including Advanced Life Support (ALS) activity into national outreach displays; develop and publish an ALS brochure; develop a catalog of relevant outreach publications and presentations that include video and electronic media; develop a plan to allow coordination and cooperation among a large number of institutions conducting ALS research and technology development, to include NASA Centers and universities with significant ALS funding.
        --
        Dynamac Corporation
        Mail Code DYN-1
        Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
        Employed: April 1998 – April 2001

        Project/Curriculum Manager, NASA – Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP), External Affairs & Spaceport Engineering & Technology Offices, Dynamac Corp., Kennedy Space Center, FL, http://slstp.nasa.gov, August 1998 to April 2001.

        Plant Research Associate, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program, Dynamac Corp. Kennedy Space Center, FL, August 1998 to April 2001.

        Outreach Coordinator, ALS Program, Dynamac Corp. Kennedy Space Center, FL, August 1998 to April 2001.
        --
        Utah State University
        Plants, Soils, and Biometeorology. Dept.
        Logan, UT 84322-4820
        Employed: March 1986- March 1998

        Principal Research Technician/Educational Coordinator, Crop Physiology Laboratory, Utah State University, 1990 to March 1998.

        Research Technician, NASA/CELSS (Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems) Project, Utah State University 1986-90.


        EDUCATION:

        Utah State University
        Logan, UT 84322-4820
        B.S., Agricultural Education, 1988
        Major: Agricultural (Secondary) Education, with an emphasis in Space Agriculture.
        Dual Minors: Danish, Dairy Science

        JOB-RELATED SKILLS AND DUTIES:

        JOB-RELATED HONORS, AWARDS, MEMBERSHIPS, ETC.:

        • FL DOC Corrections Academy, Physical Training Award, September 2013
        • Regional Hunter Safety Instructor of the Year, FL FWC, May 2012
        • Excellence In Action, Pulling Together Award, Nov. 05, Nov. 06, May 07-12
        • Agency Honor Award, Group Achievement Award for NASA/Exploration Systems
        • Human Space Research Education and Outreach Public Awareness, April 2005.
        • NASA Nominee to the USDA REE, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, April 2002.
        • KSC Honor Award, Kennedy Space Center, May 2000.
        • Team Award, NASA/Kennedy Space Center, 1999.
        • High Energy Award, Utah State University, 1998.
        • Finalist, Utah State University, Employee of the Year, 1992.
        • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1972.

        PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

        • FL FWC (Game Commission), Hunter Safety Chief Instructor, Area Coordinator, 2008-Present 
        • FL Field Representative Coordinator, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, 2009-2013 
        • Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals, President 2009-2010 
        • National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, 2006-2011 

        PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

        Discipline Training Received Date Certification Level
        Correctional Officer FL Corr. Academy 09/25/2013 State

        Shotgun 4-H Instructor Nov. 10 State (Level 1)
        Archery NASP Oct. 09 State (Level 1)
        Range Safety Officer NRA Nov. 11 National
        Rifle NRA Nov. 11 National
        Pistol NRA Nov. 11 National
        Muzzle Loading Rifle NRA Nov. 11 National
        Rifle 4-H Instructor Sept. 08 State (Level 1)
        Range Safety Officer FL FWC Feb. 08 Florida
        Hunter Education FL FWC Instructor Feb. 11 State
        Shotgun 4-H Instructor Trainer May 11 National (Level 2)
        Muzzleloading 4-H Instructor Jan. 07 State (Level 1)
        Muzzleloading 4-H Instructor Trainer Mar 08 National (Level 2)
        Muzzleloading Nat. ML Rifle Assoc. Mar 08 Instructor Trainer
        Archery Nat. Field Archery Assoc. May 09 State (Level 1)
        Archery 4-H Instructor Mar. 11 State (Level 1)

        SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION:
        EDUCATION INVOLVEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

        Developed the Outdoor Technology program for the University of Florida / IFAS Brevard County Extension, January 07 to present.

        Senior Liaison, NASA Office of Biological and Physical Research to the US Department of Agriculture, August 2002 to Dec. 2003.

        Technology innovation in partnership with Orbital Technologies Inc., in design and production of the Biomass Production System for Research and Education, (a portable controlled environment chamber), Small Business Innovative Research / Small Business Technology Transfer, John F. Kennedy Space Center, October 2003.

        Project Lead for the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize existing relationships and foster new areas of cooperation between researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Signed Jan. 2001.

        Lead Extension Agent for the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize existing relationships and foster new areas of cooperation between educators from the University of Florida / Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Technological Research and Development Authority, January 2006.

        Chair, ALS Education Outreach Working Group, NASA Code U, Washington, D.C., August 2000 to August 2005.
        As part of the SLSTP Management Team Member, was the lead member in securing $50k support from USDA Discretionary Funds to provide increased recruitment of Hispanic and Tribal students to SLSTP and stipend awards to the class of 2001, September 2000.

        As part of the SLSTP Management Team Member, was influential in securing $250k support from NASA Code M to pay for contract scientists time in mentoring the students. Spring 2000.

        ALS Advisor and Teacher Mentor for Summer Industrial Fellowship for Teachers, Brevard Country School District, Viera, FL, Summer 1998, 1999 and 2000.

        Co-Chair, Advanced Life Support Education Outreach Working Group, NASA Code UL, Washington, D.C., July 1999 to July 2000.

        Plant Research Associate, Controlled Biological Systems Group (formerly known as Advanced Life Support Group), Dynamac Corp. Kennedy Space Center, FL, April 1998 to May 1998.

        Human test subject, Evluation of Countermeasures for Motion Sickness, Dr. Dan Woodard, Bionetics, Corp., July 1998.

        Human test subject finalist, Early Human Testing Initiative, Phase IIA, Advanced Life Support Group, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, September 1996.

        PUBLICATIONS & PRESS RELEASES
        Chuck Griffin, Gus Koerner, Ross Remiker, Tom Crabb, October 2003, Biomass Production Education System, Small Business Innovative Research / Small Business Technology Transfer, 2003 Program Year Report, NASA, John F. Kennedy Space Center.

        Ed Osborne, Shannon Washburn, Gus Koerner, Kathleen Cullinan, August 2003. Growing Space Vol. I and Vol. II, a nationally distributed magazine for 6th through 8th grade students and teachers. Growing Space is a product of the Space Ag In The Classroom program.

        Bruce Bugbee, Gus Koerner, Rulon Albrechtsen, Wade Dewey, and Shyrl Clawson, July 2001, Registration of 'USU-Perigee' Wheat variety, Utah Agriculture Experiment Station and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

        Bugbee, B. and G. Koerner, 1997. Yield Comparisons and Unique Characteristics of the Dwarf wheat cultivar “USU-Apogee. Adv. Space Res. 20:1891-1894.

        Bruce Bugbee, Gus Koerner, Rulon Albrechtsen, Wade Dewey, and Shyrl Clawson, April 1996, Registration of 'USU-Apogee' Wheat variety, Utah Agriculture Experiment Station and The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NSSL Reg. no. 331390.01; PI 592742. Note: USU-Apogee and Super-Dwarf are the primary wheat cultivars for research and use in space, developed at USU in the Crop Physiology Laboratory and adopted by the NASA ALS program.

        Bugbee, B. B. Spanarkel, G. Koerner, S. Johnson, and O. Monje, 1994. CO2 Crop Growth Enhancement and Toxicity in Wheat and Rice. Advances in Space Research 14:257-267.

        Barnes, C., T. Tibbitts, J. Sager, G. Deitzer, G. Koerner, D. Bubenheim, and B. Bugbee. 1993. Accuracy of Quantum Sensors Measuring Yield Photon Flux and Photosynthetic Photons Flux. HortScience 28:1197-1200.

        B. Bugbee, O. Monje, G. Koerner and S. Johnson. 1993. Studies on Resource Optimization of Wheat. NASA Principal Investigators meeting, Washington, DC.

        RECENT WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED

        Multiple teacher workshops (22) conducted in: Precision Agriculture, Beginning Through Intermediate GPS/GIS Education, Introduction To The Global Positioning System And Geocaching,

        Sustainable Agriculture In Space And On Earth. Oct. 05 to present.

        COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
        • Volunteer, Titusville Police Department, Citizen Watch Program, in application.
        • Blog Column: Mr. Gus Outdoors, www.MrGusOutdoors.com, Nov. 2009 to Present.
        • Blog Column: Voice of Truth Ministry, http://votministry.blogspot.com, Sept. 2011 to Present.
        • Volunteer, Women’s Center of Brevard, Parrish Medical Center, Titusville, FL. 2011 to Present
        • Volunteer, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Citizens On Patrol, 2011 to Present
        • School Advisory Council, Imperial Estates Elementary School, Titusville, FL, 2005 to 2011.
        PERSONAL

        Upon Request.


        REFERENCES

        Upon Request

        I attest to the truthfulness of this document.


        Wednesday, January 8, 2014

        Good Ol' Mr. Hicks, a story for Correctional Officers

        Back in December 2012, when I interviewed for a job as a Florida Correctional Officer I had a meeting with the Warden, Mr. David McCallum. I recall he said, "Remember brown and blue don't mix."  He was referring to officers (who wear brown) crossing the ethical line of being too friendly with an inmates (in blue).  Some inmates may be genuine and reforming, but the majority can be manipulative and officers can fall prey to them.

        That thought has been with me, especially lately as I've met some really nice guys that are inmates, seemingly harmless fellows over the age of 70.

        Last week, I was chatting with four elderly inmates at  breakfast, and I later found out that three of the four are in for murder.  So I wrote this poem...

        "My Friend Mr. Hicks", by a Correctional Officer to his colleagues.

        1) I met this man the other day, we seemed to hit it off.  Kind and friendly was his way, my buddies seemed to scoff.

        Refrain
        Brown and blue were meant for you, remember they never mix.  Not even with a good ol' boy, like inmate Mr. Hicks.

        2) His name is Walt and he has a fault that happened long time ago.  It doesn't matter how or why, the fact is that its so.

        Refrain

        3) His blues are faded, is heart is jaded, his mind not fully there. He's doing life, for killing his wife, and doesn't seem to care.

        Brown and blue were meant for you, remember they never mix. Don't cross the line, or you'll do the time, like good ol' Mr. Hicks.

        Fellow officers, be firm, fair and consistent, but don't cross the line. - FLDOC Officer G. Koerner, Jan. 8, 2013.

        Tuesday, January 7, 2014

        On Post (For Peace)

        The still of the night is only disturbed by the rush of traffic on my left, and the knowledge of people held behind razor wire on my right. But still there is an eerie peace, albeit false.  How can anyone or anything be at ease in this environment?

        My mind wanders beyond this location to be back at home for stillness, rest and peace.  But is it there? I'm a frayed knot.

        For amidst the shelter of a roof and protective walls, is a spirit of discord that has arisen from the conflict of every day life.  "My peace I leave with you." He says.  But where?

        God grant me the ability to be an instrument of peace wherever I am.  Help me to know what I experience is normal, and peace comes from within, from our Savior.

        Whether my surroundings are walls or wire, open air or the presence of others, let your serenity flow through me I pray.

        G. Koerner, Jan. 6, 2014, 9pm.

        Sunday, January 5, 2014

        His Touch

        1. I work my hands and the far reaches of my mind, to be the best I can. But yet I find, my efforts fall short of what I am supposed to be, what I was meant to become.
        But somehow I move forward, somehow I progress, and in every step find loveliness and the touch of His holiness.

        2. I've made peace with the cards I've been given, with the man I've been called to be. Realized that being forgiven is something that was meant for me.
        And somehow I'll move forward, somehow I'll progress. In every step find loveliness in the touch of His holiness.

        3. I realize grace in every moment. Try to accept it for the man that lies within. Knowing that what's in store can be more, if I give my life to Him.

        I'm determined to move forward, somehow I'll progress. In every step find something lovely in the touch of His holiness.I'm determined to move forward, somehow I'll progress. In every step find something lovely in the touch of His holiness.

        (Final) I am the man I'm supposed to be, finding grace in every step.  I know that it will get better, every inch a little closer, as I walk toward the man from Galilee.

        G. Koerner
        Jan. 1, 2014, 10:00pm

        The Prodigal Parent, a Poem

        When I was a young man, my parents let me go. They loved me and trusted me to the extent I didn't know. When I messed up they didn't seem to mind; they loved me and forgave me and all was forgotten over time.

        0h, how blessed is the prodigal parent, who prays, and teaches the lost. How indeed can I ever thank them? For my debt they incurred a great cost.

        My brothers were'nt so lucky, my parent's anger quickly wore thin.  What I was able to freely do, to them it was a sin.

        Consider the heart of the righteous, and blessed be the one, who doesn't have to learn life's lessons taught to a prodigal son.

        My heart goes to the parent that does the best they can, who tries to make a proper choice for a boy to become a man.

        Thank God we have a Savior who takes away all debt, the perfect parent up above, whom now mine have finally met.

        0h, how blessed is the prodigal parent, who prays, and teaches the lost. How indeed can I ever thank them? For my debt they incurred a great cost.

        A tribute to Karl and Irene Koerner, and all parents who pray for their children, from their son Gus. Jan. 2, 2014. Reference Luke 15:11-32.