Palace of Parliament
A retired Rear Admiral (RADM) with the U.S. Navy, David F. Baucom served for a time as White House military aide under President Ronald Reagan. While working under NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, David Baucom traveled extensively across Europe, including to Romania, where he toured the Palatul Parlamentului (Palace of Parliament) building.
The Palace of Parliament, located at Ivor St. 2-4 Bucharest 050711, Romania, is the largest administrative building used for civilian purposes in the world, with 360,000 square meters of space. It is also the heaviest building in the world, made from 1.5 billion pounds of steel and bronze, 7.7 million pounds of crystal glass, 31.7 million cubic feet of wood, and 35.3 million cubic feet of marble. The building is visible from the moon, as are the Pentagon and the Great Wall of China. The palace has 20 floors and features 1,100 rooms, some of which are used to house the Romanian Senate.
Construction of the building began in 1984 under communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu. It took a team of 700 architects and 20,000 workers led by a 28-year-old woman, Anca Petrescu, to build the palace. However, the project was never completed due to the Romanian revolution of 1989, and some segments are still under construction.
Military Officers Association of America
David F. Baucom is a former US Navy rear admiral (RADM) who held a variety of logistics-related roles in his 34 years with the military agency. Although he is retired, David Baucom still holds membership with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
Comprised of over 370,000 members from all branches of service, MOAA represents the interests of military officers and their families through advocacy efforts in state and federal legislation. Its influence is most notably felt in Washington, where, for the 11th consecutive year, it was named as one of the top lobbying associations by The Hill, a Washington, D.C.-based political newspaper. Organizations named to the list have a proven track record of influencing Washington’s power brokers on behalf of the industries, corporations, or groups they represent.
The Hill attributed a lot of MOAA’s success in the past year to the work of its president, retired Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, who assumed the position in 2016 and has worked diligently to protect both the pay and benefits of active troops. In a MOAA press release, Atkins acknowledged that he expects 2018 to be another challenging year, but assured the association will continue to work just as hard for its service members, veterans, and military family members.
Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (RADM) David F. Baucom served 34 years with the military in a variety of roles, including stock control officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and White House military aide. Thanks to his tenure with the military, David Baucom was able to travel extensively throughout the globe. His favorite city to visit is Budapest, Hungary.
According to U.S. News and World Report, Budapest is the third-best spot to visit in Europe during the winter. Some spots that travelers should check out include the following:
* Heroes’ Square. As one of the Budapest’s grandest landmarks, Heroes’ Square is the largest public square in the city. Its Millennium Monument commemorated the city’s 1,000th anniversary when it was erected in 1896.
* Thermal Baths. A must for anyone traveling to Budapest, thermal baths are heated by natural thermal springs. The city has more than 100 thermal springs, with the most popular and largest bath in Europe found in City Park at Szechenyi Baths.
* Castle Hill. Listed as a world heritage site, Castle Hill is on the west side of the Danube. Visitors can walk along cobblestone streets and learn about the city’s history. The underground Castle Labyrinth, the Museum of Music History, and the Matthias Church are all found in this spot.