ABOUT US

MICHELLE

EARLY YEARS

  • Ranch Girl, Great Falls Montana
  • Ranch Work
  • Food Service Industry
  • Mischief

 

MILITARY

1984-1987 – United States Air Force, Enlisted
1987-1992 – United States Air Force Academy
1992-1993 – Unites States Air Force Flight Training
1992-2011 – United States Air Force, Commissioned

  • Retired at rank of Lieutenant Colonel (0-5)
  • C-26 and C-130 Pilot

 

SCHOOL

United States Air Force Academy
BS – Aeronautical Engineering
MS – Aeronautical Science Technology

 

CAREER – Aviation, Aeronautics, Program Management

  • Command Pilot
  • Engineering Technical Lead
  • Program Manager

 

HOBBIES (Past and Present)

  • Running (Marathoner)
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Craft Beers
  • Golfing
  • Motorcycles
  • Pugs, English Bulldogs
  • Travel
  • Cooking
  • Reading

ROCK

EARLY YEARS

  • Farm Boy, Butler Pennsylvania
  • Farm Work and Lumber Yards
  • Baseball, Football, ROTC
  • Advanced Mischief, Tomfoolery and Monkey Business

 

MILITARY

1986-1994 – United States Marine Corps, Enlisted

  • Sergeant of Marines (E-5)
  • Infantry Platoon Sergeant, Forward Observer
  • India Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines
  • Camp Pendleton, CA and Planet Earth
  • Gulf War / Desert Storm, Task Force Papa Bear

 

SCHOOL

Excelsior College
BS – Computer Information Systems
Eight Information Technology Certifications

 

CAREER – Information Technology (IT)

  • Systems and Network Administration
  • Technology Operations Management
  • IT Instructor

 

HOBBIES (Past and Present)

  • Running (Marathoner)
  • Body Building
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Craft Beers
  • Golfing
  • Motorcycles
  • Pugs, English Bulldogs
  • Rock Concerts
  • Computers / Information Technology
  • Steelers
  • Instigation and Sarcasm
    • More of a Devotion, Lifestyle than a Hobby
  • Jeeps
  • Hunting / Tactics / Self-Defense
  • Woodworking

MICHELLE & ROCK

NEBRASKA, Chadron / Columbus (First Meeting)                      1993, May

  • Wedding in Columbus, Nebraska, May of 1993 of mutual military friends
    • Michelle was in TX attending USAF Flight School
    • Rock was in Los Angeles and had just gotten off of Active Duty, USMC
    • Our mutual friends “tricked us” …… long story, ask us some time 🙂
      • Michelle only single bridesmaid at wedding
      • Rock only single groomsman at wedding
  • Snuck off and kissed in chicken coop while bride was opening wedding presents
  • Before cell phones, text messages, became pen pals (USPS) after the wedding weekend

TEXAS, Lubbock                                                                 1993, July

  • Rock quit job, loaded everything he owned into his 87 Chevy Cavalier and drove from Los Angeles to TX to be with Michelle on 4th of July weekend, 1993
  • We eloped at lunch time, Court House Lubbock Texas on Oct 19th 1993
  • Rock worked at a local lumber yard, college at night
  • Michelle finished flight school with the USAF

VERMONT, Burlington                                                   1994-1997

  • Second Lieutenant Michelle Rocco was assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard as a C-26 Pilot and Advisor
  • Sergeant Mark Rocco drilled with USMC Reserves, cold weather infantry in New Hampshire
  • Sergeant Mark Rocco left USMC Reserves and joins the Vermont Air National Guard as a Security Forces Member (Military Police)
  • Michelle is promoted to First Lieutenant
  • Rock worked at a local lumber yard
    • Personal Trainer at night
    • College at night
    • Associates Degree
  • Michelle was promoted to Captain
  • Jenna Rocco was born (The Nenna)

ARKANSAS, Little Rock Air Force Base                    1997-2001

  • Captain Michelle Rocco was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base as a C-130 Pilot
  • Staff Sergeant Mark Rocco does weekend drills with both Arkansas and Vermont Air National Guards
  • Rock worked at a local computer store
    • College at night
    • Associates Degree
  • Hallie Rocco was born (The Hallie)

CALIFORNIA, Edwards Air Force Base                     2001-2003

  • Captain Michelle Rocco was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base (Plant 42) as a C-130 Pilot and Systems Engineer
  • Captain Michelle Rocco earns a Command Pilot rating
  • Michelle was promoted to Major
  • Rock worked for a Gov’t Contractor on base as an IT Professional (Tiers 1-3)

OHIO, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base                  2003-2007

  • Major Michelle Rocco was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a Program Manager
  • Rock worked for a Gov’t Contractor on base as an IT Professional (Tiers 1-3)
    • College at night
    • Bachelor Degree

CALIFORNIA, Edwards Air Force Base                     2007-2009

  • Major Michelle Rocco was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base as a C-130 Pilot and Division Chief
  • Michelle was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
  • Rock worked for a Gov’t Contractor on base as an IT Professional (Senior Systems Administrator)

GUAM, Andersen Air Force Base                                  2009-2011

  • Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Rocco was assigned to Andersen Air Force Base as a Deputy Squadron Commander
  • Rock worked for base golf course (Resident Assistant For Golf Course Operations)
    • Got his golf game into the mid-70’s  (DEADLY with Wedges)

CLEARWATER BEACH, FL                                               2011-2013

  • Michelle retired after 26 years from United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel
  • Michelle worked for Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a Project Manager
  • Rock worked for Odyssey Marine Exploration (Systems and Network Administrator)

OLDSMAR (EASTLAKE), FL                                             2013-2015

  • Michelle worked for General Electric Aviation as an Engineering Technical Leader
  • Rock worked for Odyssey Marine Exploration (Systems and Network Administrator)

DUNEDIN, FL                                                                           2015-Present

  • Michelle works for General Electric Aviation as a Program Manager
  • Rock works for LaSalle Computer Learning Center (Technical, IT Instructor, CompTIA and Microsoft)
  • Rock works for New Horizons Computer Learning Center (Technical, IT Instructor, CompTIA and Microsoft)
  • Rock works for DGR Systems (Technical Operations Manager)
  • Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast land purchase, Fall 2015
  • Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast ground breaking and construction, June 2016
  • Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast moves toward an early 2017 opening
  • Rock left DGR Systems to become the full time Operations Manager for Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast

 

This may all look like a lot of moves, IT WAS.  But wait ….. there’s more.  Actually 4 more moves not listed above as we moved to different houses while in same locations for many unforeseen/different reasons.  Grand total of 14 moves in 24 years   🙂


“Sanity is Backordered…Sarcasm is in Unlimited Supply

HURRY,  Place Your Order Now”    — Rock 

Folks, we’re clowning around, having fun, doing our thing.  Is it “Passive-Aggressive?”  Most likely to the cats that don’t get it.  Is it sarcasm?  Are we willing to “take what we give?”  Absolutely.  Feels good, ALIVE, funny and fun.  Sorry, we’re going to give you “Jazz.”  We don’t mean to offend and apologies …….if you are, well ….. it just didn’t work out.  No one has to get upset about it, so many other places to stay.

OUR SARCASM ……. ALL PART OF THE CHARM, Beyond The Wall


 

  • CAUTION/WARNING: There’s a difference between treating people badly and treating people accordingly
  • “Compassion and tact are honorable traits, but are not often found in the bad guys coming through the wire”
  • “The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who do not possess it”
    • George Bernard Shaw
  • “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”
    • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues”
    • Abraham Lincoln
  • “On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions, who, at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting, died”
    • Adlai E. Stevenson
  • “The true tragedy in life is not death, but that which dies inside us while we are still living”
    • Norman Cousins
  • “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self”
    • Ernest Hemingway
  • “Live Hard !!! Why Hold Back? …… Tomorrow’s NOT Guaranteed!”
    • Rock

To learn more about us, you can find us at our professional website:                               http://www.RoccoPro.com

As well as LinkedIn:                 Michelle              Rock