Ron enlisted in the US Navy right after High School graduation and became an Electronics Technician. He received 20 months of vocational-level electronics training before setting foot on his first submarine, and periodic vocational-level training throughout his 22-year career. During his career, Ron gained working knowledge of a number of other specialized trades including welding and foundry work. Ron is also an avid "Do-It-Yourselfer," and to date has completely renovated three homes working together with his wife Weifang. He has a background in carpentry, furniture making, plumbing, and electrical work, as well as electronics.