And I presume my visitors would also like to know my face, so here is my picture....
Welcome to the personal world of Jaap Langhenkel
Following my retirement from active military duty in August 2009, I suddenly found myself in some sort of a vacuum characterized by lots of time and very little to do. The first few months were actually quite pleasant; you don't have to pay attention to the alarm clock anymore, there is no more commuter frustration and, in my case, I discovered the niceties of being a houseman.
But after a while I found that those new tasks did not quite suffice to help me fill my days and I got bored. So, I had to re-orient myself and that re-orientation brought me to the desire to develop and publish my own website. Not just because I wanted to have the opportunity to advertize my skills on the web and in doing so, maybe find a new job, but also because I felt the urge to publish my opinion on certain (in my view, important) topics and thus contribute to the public debate.
So, I registered my own domain and used the providers template to produce this site; I welcome you to it! Obviously, this is a project "under development" and I will progressively add more substance to the site. For the time being, I have decided to focus on the provision of a brief description of my world, who I am, and the people that play an important role in my life.
I have added pages covering my military expertise, my MBA and my personal views on some issues. I have also added contact details and published a number of pictures.
On May 20th, 2011 we started building our house in Steinfurt-Borghorst. This is a relatively small village, halfway between Enschede in The Netherlands and Muenster in Germany. We started building with a firm (Baukonzept Helga Winkler GmbH, Gronau), but they jumped ship in August, 2011. Not a nice experience; we were left with a house "under construction" without a roof and windows, but we gradually managed to turn it into something nearing completion. End of February, beginning of March 2012 we moved from Bad Aibling to Steinfurt-Borghorst and managed to transfer our house into a comfortable home. The company that we started building with, filed for bankruptcy in december 2012. It turned out that they had not paid any of the sub-contractors and a lot of hard-working people ended up finding themselves in severe financial difficulties.
Also in 2011, I started working again. It began with a request from the Canadian PEARSON Peacekeeping Center to draft a number of military documents for an exercise they were to develop and execute with Rapid Reaction Corps, France in Lille. From then on this initial consultancy job turned into an almost fulltime occupation providing expertise in exercise design, development and delivery to many other NATO headquarters. You will find more info on my military expertise page.
What would a website be without a logo? So, I gave that a try as well and here is mine ...
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