Ron served two tours in Vietnam as an Army helicopter and instructor pilot. He received numerous unit and individual ribbons for combat action, to include being awarded the Air Medal 31 times; once with “V” device for valor.
Honorably discharged in 1969, he joined LAPD as a policeman and pilot/instructor pilot for Air Support Division. Retiring after an on-duty helicopter accident where he received 70 percent burns, he finished his college education. He holds post-graduate degrees of a Masters in Elementary Education and a PhD in Security Administration (with an emphasis in terrorism threats to America’s nuclear resources).
For several years, Ron was a member of a team of private security specialists and special ops personnel who consulted to the Department of Energy in counter-terrorism. For some of this work, he was made an “honorary” captain for the New Orleans Police Department, and commissioned a Colonel and Aide-de-Camp on Louisiana Governor’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Security Task Force.
Joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) in 1993 as a crime prevention specialist, he became an authority in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) after completing training in this discipline at The National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville. His CPTED subject matter expertise led to him being interviewed in “Reader’s Digest,” “Sunset Magazine,” “PetroMart Business,” and Las Vegas Life” magazines. He also was responsible for publishing Metro’s in-house training journal, the “Training Wheel.”
Ron has been a contributing columnist to “Las Vegas Now” magazine, as well as a guest lecturer on Royal Caribbean International cruise lines, addressing citizens’ personal safety issues. He is the author of stories published in “True Blue--Police Stories By Those Who Have Lived Them,” “True Blue—To Protect and Serve,” as well as the anthology of patriotic stories published in “I Pledge Allegiance….”
Ron retired from Metro in 2011. He and his wife Kathy have three children, six grand-children, and live in Las Vegas, NV.
Beyond Recognition is the memoir of Ronald Corbin, a former Army combat helicopter pilot and
Vietnam veteran who becomes a Los Angeles policeman, and eventually a pilot
for LAPD’s Air Support Division (ASD).
Ron’s military training and unique combat flying experience as a “Slick” Huey pilot, and his wide background as an instructor pilot in various helicopters, is recognized by the ASD captain, but not without creating fierce jealousies.
After an aircraft accident that claims the life of a pilot trainee and puts Ron in the hospital, the LAPD assembles a Board of Inquiry. Ron’s detractors seek jealous revenge by feeding misleading statements to the Board investigators. The investigation evolves into a “kangaroo court,” but the Board’s exercise in “finger-pointing” quickly backfires as Ron exposes a “cover-up” that has corporate and City attorneys scrambling to settle.
“WOW…A MUST READ BOOK”
--Albert Ellis, FBI Special Agent – Retired
“…You will not put it down until you have worked your way to the last page, and then still want to know more.”
--Keith Bettinger author of Fighting Crime With “Some” Day and Lenny and End