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Center Snapshot: Cal Moore
Officer Cal Moore. Image above: Cal Moore has been a part of NASA Langley's security department for one year. NASA/Sean Smith

Denise Lineberry

Cal Moore is an emergency response officer who has a way with words. Apart from the general greetings to those who enter the gates of NASA Langley, he also writes poetry.

Poetry is not exactly something you would imagine an armed officer to compose, but Moore is full of surprises. "I often surprise myself with the expression of my feelings through my poetry," he said. "It’s a great release, and it’s a really good record of my solitude."

Moore was raised in Virginia Beach and is a graduate of Princess Anne High School. He loves having “the mountains a short four hours away and the ocean at my feet.”

He spent six years as a deputy sheriff in Virginia Beach. He was also an anti-terrorist instructor for Blackwater and taught naval warfare courses such as Force Protection Fundamentals and Ship Security Engagement Weapons.

Some of his favorite accomplishments are when he taught a young boy to tie his shoes, and when he completed the Rock n’ Roll half marathon … without practicing for it.

Moore would like to expand his words by learning new languages such as Spanish, French and Russian. He also wants to take his son and mom to his birthplace, Scotland, to visit family. And finally, he wants a Harley Davidson.

One of his favorite places is St. Lucia. "The island is beautiful and my time there was just remarkably peaceful," he said. A piece of that trip was captured through a poem he wrote, "Caribbean Mattress."

Lay in the lazy waves to rinse off the stick.
Hear the dolphins play as the seashells in currents click.
Listing and shifting in a tropical trance,
in your Caribbean mattress, clownfish dance.
Palm trees your canopy, shade the yellow rays.
As sea eagles fly over this coconut bay.
Trade breeze harnessed dreams, of pirates a deep.
The gold from your pockets, descends to the reef.
A beached oasis, sun melts margaritas,
On my back, in my bliss, with my senorita.

Moore is inspired by his surroundings. At times, when his poetry comes to mind, he types the words into his mobile phone.

And he has no complaints about his surroundings at Langley. "The folks here are down to Earth and know that there is a sense of family among us. We have fun and still diligently succeed at our daily mission," he said.

When Moore isn’t spending time with his 12-year-old son, Aiden, he likes to ride his beach cruiser on the boardwalk and spend time with friends and his twin brother.

He enjoys the interactions with everyone on center. "Keeps my mind open to the uniqueness of a variety of encounters and occurrences," Moore said.

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