When Col. George Bristol retired to Whitefish, Montana, after 38 years in the Marine Corps, including 19 years overseas in some of the most dangerous places on earth, he could have easily kicked back and relaxed.
But that’s not exactly Bristol’s style.
“I’m not the type of guy who just sits around,” he told the Flathead Beacon.
For a few years, he worked as the headmaster at Whitefish Christian Academy. Bristol says he loved the job but it was only temporary, and when another headmaster with more educational experience arrived he gladly stepped aside. But he didn’t sit idle long.
For the past six months, Bristol has volunteered as a special deputy with the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office helping find runaway juveniles. For Bristol — who earned the nickname “Man Hunter” overseas for his knack for tracking down wanted terrorists — it is the perfect fit.
“In the military, the mission was to kill or capture,” he says. “But here the mission is to get these kids back home safely. It’s a very different mission outcome, but the techniques (needed to complete) it are similar.”