In the current environment, where we have experienced a reduction in our Ride Captain/Leadership rotation, we have been blessed to have four outstanding Patriots step up in order to lead Missions during an extremely busy time period. About six weeks ago, we announced Gary Wetzel and John Weisgerber. I am now honored to introduce the two newest Colorado PGR Ride Captains. I want to thank them for stepping up during these challenging and uncertain times. They are both very highly regarded, long-term, members.
Ron Wilson Born in Denver, grew up in Aurora. Shortly after high school graduation (1971) joined the U.S.A.F., went to Lackland for basic training. Married my wife of now 48 years (1972) after completion went to Lowry A.F.B in for 32 week tech school for the AFSC for Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL). After tech school graduation assigned to 31st Avionics Maintenance Squadron, Homestead AFB, Florida. 1974 sent back to Lowry AFB for advanced TACAN NAV AIDS school. Discharged in 1976. Worked for Public Service of Colorado (Xcel Energy) for 35 years as a mechanic/welder. Retired 2012. Joined PGR in 2012. I have two sons, and five grand children. Jim Foss I was born in Columbus, NE. Moved to Denver 4 weeks later... almost made it to 'Native' status. Went to East High School. Had several delivery jobs prior to getting into the Fire Protection Industry in '73. Did that for a year, then joined the US Navy as a Signalman, or what was once known as a 'Skivvy Waver' to fellow Sailors. I was in the USN from 4-75, to 1-79, got a 90 day yard cut due to the ship going into the yards for a Regular Overhaul, where they cut down to a skeleton crew due to the fact that the ship is not 'operating'. Got back into the trade (fire protection) after I got out, up in Portland, OR. Lived in Lake Oswego, OR for about 14 months, then moved back to Denver, CO where I continued in the trade. Made it to Journeyman, then Foreman. I retired in '09, joined PGR in '10, and have been a proud member ever since. I have been in church groups, other volunteer groups, but, by far the most noble group I have been involved with is, without a doubt, the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders. Outstanding people, Outstanding activities, just plain Outstanding, period. Oh yeah, & another plus is that it's a Motorcycle 'club', we get to ride.