There are those who call me “Ranger Reece.” As a young sergeant from B Co Mortars 1st Ranger Battalion 75th Infantry in 1992, my flight school packet was approved, and much to everyone’s surprise at the time, I passed flight school and showed up in my first aviation assignment in A troop 2/17 Cavalry as an F model Cobra pilot. At the time I was an anomaly, one of the few in the Army with multiple combat tours, and the accouterments on my uniform displayed clearly my former life as a ranger. And so, in short order and in true aviation warrant officer irreverent fashion, for no apparent reason my name was forever changed to “Ranger Reece.” It is this moniker that many of you may know me through the forums. In the immortal words of the late Paul Harvey, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
I have been a member of the MOA since 2008, just a few months after I bought my beloved 2005 R 1200 RT named Ursala in Hawaii from Bill Maxwell, a lifetime MOA member and a lifetime friend. The details of my journey to become a first time motorcycle rider and a BMW rider were captured in my first ON contribution when Vince Winkel and Mandy Langston were at the helm of ON under the First Bike column with the title, “Too Incredible To Believe But it’s all True” in the August 2009 issue of ON, pages 34-36. In the article, I describe the unbelievable circumstances that brought Bill and I together and changed my post-Army life forever.
In the years since first becoming a member I have sought opportunities to serve in the local Alabama Club, my local dealership, Pensacola BMW and the MOA. If elected, I will strive to faithfully serve the MOA to the utmost of my ability. God has given me this opportunity to give back, and I must accept this calling with a humble heart.
The year is 2016, the year of a U.S. presidential election. I encourage you strongly, and without reservation, to take the time to read this and vote. I’ve voted in all MOA elections since becoming a member. Unlike U.S. presidential elections, MOA elections are easy, and your vote actually counts. There is no electoral college, no caucuses, no gerrymandering, just a straight up vote; and your vote counts. True democracy in action. How often do we get to participate in something so pure outside of being on a well-muffled, German-engineered bike, ever so slightly tilting our helmeted head as we countersteer the machine we love so much through a beautiful line on a quiet, cool mountain road? Those who know me know my work ethic. If elected, I will serve the MOA with the same passion I have served my nation. I’m the real deal. I’m here to serve you. Contact me any time through my mobile number (334-470-7770), my email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through a post on the forums.