First serving our country, now celebrating our nation on the back of...

First serving our country, now celebrating our nation on the back of a bike

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Nothing is as America as our all-volunteer army, or the iconic road trip from coast to coast.

Iron Butt Association

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2106 – Today’s all-volunteer force is among the finest military that has ever served. They are motivated, well trained and educated, and they routinely make untold sacrifices in the performance of their day-to-day duties. In this article, let’s take a glimpse into the life of one of America’s finest, Navy Senior Chief Shareef AsSadiq, after he retired from over 20 years of honorable active service.

Shareef served as an electrician’s mate at various at-sea and shore commands. His skills were utilized in the direct support of naval operations overseas, including tours of duty in the Middle East. As an electrician’s mate, his duties included, but were not limited to, installing power and lighting circuits; repairing distribution circuits; running wiring for lights and other equipment; maintaining operating efficiency of distribution panels, switches, switchboards, controllers, voltage regulators, current transformers and voltage transformers; and much more.

As an E8 (senior chief), he provided direct and effective leadership to most command members and had oversight of several divisions and workcenters.

Senior Chief AsSadiq and his fellow sailors saw extended periods of family separation. He has also seen the ravages of war up close and personal. Memories of his naval service, both good and bad, will forever remain etched in his memory.

Not willing to settle back in retirement, Shareef wanted to visit each state whose freedom he and his fellow military members proudly served during his Navy career.  To do this, he and two friends embarked on a very ambitious journey of visiting all 48 continental U.S. states in a 10-day period.


Image: Bill Randall
Image: Bill Randall


Image: Bill Randall
Image: Bill Randall

This ambitious motorcycle journey (which covered 9,330 miles) started in Queens, New York, and ended 10 days later at the Oregon Scenic Byway in Umatilla, Oregon. Those who complete this demanding quest have the distinction of joining the “Iron Butt Association.”

When it was all said and done, Shareef and his two biker companions visited all 48 states: From sea to shining sea!

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Bill Randall
Bill was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward. His U.S. Navy career spanned from August 1974 through December 2001, during which he had a decorated and distinguished span of honorable service. His profession and specialty was Earth Science (Meteorology, Oceanography and Geodesy). After retiring from active duty on January 1, 2002, he entered the private sector as an Independent Insurance Agent (AFLAC) and garnered recognition as a top performer as a new member. Shortly thereafter he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management, and later earned his MBA degree. He has also earned Information Technology (IT) Certification from Wake Technical Community College (May 2013). Bill worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Milwaukee VA Pension Center (2002 –2005), processing hundreds of benefits claims for veterans and their family members. Bill subsequently relocated and served on the staff of a local church in Pensacola, FL (May – Dec 2005), and then accepted a business opportunity as a Generalist with a major Management Consulting Firm (2006 – 2008). Bill now owns a private Management Consulting company based in Wake Forest, NC. He and his family relocated to North Carolina after his wife, Wendy, accepted a job offer in there. He once ran for Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party (June 2009). He has also twice run for U.S Congress (NC-13th Congressional district), winning the GOP nomination in the 2010 Primary, and losing in the GOP Primary in 2012. He is an author and a Community Chaplain. Bill and his wife have resided in Wake Forest, NC since October 2008. Bill has a son and four daughters.