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John Crandall John Crandall from Des Moines wrote on March 30, 2018 at 2:25 am:
I had the honor to participate in a technical surveillance course that was assisted and instructed by Mr. Don Shiles.

I never had the opportunity or privilege to speak with Mr. Shiles, but it was obvious that he brought an incredible wealth of expertise to our instruction and class work.

Given my Father's background, and Mr. Shiles expertise, I always wondered if my Father had met him and may have worked with Mr. Shiles in some capacity.

My Father was one of our Nation's first builders of United States satellites and then later worked for the United States Navy (civilian) to implement multiple technological surveillance programs throughout the world - Diego Garcia, Adak, Alaska; Edzell, Scotland; Philippines.

I mention this because I believe that at some point in time Mr. Shiles provided support to the very same programs my Father was also a member and leader.

Whether or not this actually occurred, it is my desire to state that I could ascertain Mr. Shiles true expertise and importance to our Nation's safety and prosperity.

With that being said, I wish to send my sincere condolences and deep gratitude for Mr. Shiles contributions to our Nation and the advancement of our world.

With or without Mr. Shiles, the entire Nation owes a huge debt of gratitude for his generosity, perseverance, and personal desire to help us all seek to be better individuals.

Sincerely and respectfully submitted to the family and friends or Mr. Shiles.