I’m from Greensboro, North Carolina. In fact, my mom, dad and brother are all natives of the Tarheel state.

We moved to Huntsville when I was in the third grade, because my father got a job with the Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.

I grew up during the heyday of the work developing America’s first missiles, and the Saturn 5 program at Marshall Space Flight Center.

One of my best memories is the way the whole town shook when they tested the Saturn 5’s main engines in the mid-60’s.

I graduated from Huntsville High School and then went to Auburn, where I majored in Journalism, with minors in speech, English, and history. After graduation, I started work in Anniston at a small TV station that no longer exists, WHMA.

In May of 1977, my family moved back to the Rocket City, and I took a job as Sports Director at what was then called Action News 19.

In late 1999 I started making the transition from sports to news at WHNT News 19. I’ve been Senior Reporter, and Special Assignment Reporter, and now I’m the co-anchor of our week day morning news.

Among other things I also do our “Leadership Perspectives” interviews that are posted on WHNT.Com every Friday, and can also seen on our Sunday morning news.

I also do our “Defending America” reports that highlight the work in the north Alabama aerospace and defense community as well as what happens on Redstone Arsenal both in defense and at Marshall Space Flight Center.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two sons. Chris works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with two sons. His family lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee and he works at Caterpillar-Financial in Nashville.

You may see me from time to time, riding my bike on the the streets, and roads of north Alabama.

I collect first edition books, and my wife and I are modest collectors of art…especially by local artists.

I may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.


Recent Articles
  • Missile Defense technologies are Defending America

    It’s hard not to be worried; rogue nations like North Korea keep talks of “offensive” missiles. That’s the reason why a successful test of America’s GMD, the ground-based mid course missile system, was so important. That test was in last May. “What we did last year in that test have never been done before by mankind,” said Col. Kevin Kick, the Commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. “Shooting down an ICBM in outer space. Hitting a bullet with a bullet.” […]

  • Explorer One started the space race at Redstone Arsenal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You can mark it down. What we once called the space race began on January 31st 1958. That’s the day America launched its first satellite into orbit. It was called Explorer One, and it was the answer to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik on October 4th, 1957. Sputnik was a surprise. Newspaper headlines worried about the propaganda victory, and the U.S. falling behind our cold war enemies.  Sputnik also meant that a satellite was orbiting over the […]

  • AMC Band leaves a legacy in more ways than one

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — They are definitely soldiers first, but when you think of the 389th Army Materiel Command Band you think of all the entertaining performances on Redstone Arsenal and around north Alabama. You could also think of the solemn ceremonies with an AMC Army Musician playing taps at a veteran’s funeral. Sad to say, after some 74 years as a unit, the 389th will be deactivated before the end of this year. “The Army has to get their people […]

  • At Redstone Arsenal the taxpayer counts

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala – Right this moment there are thousands of American soldiers deployed around the world. It takes a lot of support for those soldiers to be able to do their jobs. Obviously it’s expensive, and just as obvious is the fact that everything has to be purchased which means there is always a contract. Certainly there is enthusiasm for supporting the war fighters, but there’s something else that’s a priority. “Making sure that the oversight is there, making […]

  • For the Army Materiel Command practice makes perfect

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — Ask any expert and they’ll likely tell you the American Army is the best in the world.  It achieves that lofty status because of training, and also because of rehearsal which is usually called an exercise.  While an exercise isn’t the same thing as an actual conflict, it isn’t taken lightly. “Oh there’s a lot of pressure because we’re all about readiness. So we have to be ready to fight across multiple domains, so therefore there’s […]

  • Redstone Arsenal engineer gets recognition for being a Multiplier

    Redstone Arsenal, AL–Eric Sholes is a busy guy.  He’s the lead, the manager if you will, for a team of 50 doing computer simulation and modeling for the Missile Defense Agency.  The lab is at the Army Aviation And Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC).  Eric Sholes is good enough at what he does to be named a finalist for the Wiseman Group’s Multiplier of the Year Award in the Government category. “They’re looking for people who amplify others, […]

  • 2017 helps defend the nation in 2018

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. –In one way, you could say it was only a test. On May 30th of 2017, the Missile Defense Agency put the Ground Based Mid Course Missile Defense System, GMD, through its paces. It was a multi-million dollar success. The target missile was launched and thousands of miles away the interceptor responded. The “Kill Vehicle” destroyed the target. “This was a big deal. It was the first time we used the operational system to engage an intercontinental […]

  • National Guard General takes a big job

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala – National Guard Major General Allen Harrell has been on the job at Redstone Arsenal for just a few weeks.  He is the new Assistant Deputy Commanding General For National Guard Affairs at the Army Materiel Command. His job is pretty straightforward. “To build readiness, to build readiness in the United States Army Reserves and Army National Guard units in particular…materiel readiness,” said General Harrell. General Harrell’s work touches every soldier in the Army, which of course […]

  • One Redstone Arsenal Soldier gives full-time a new meaning

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. – Colonel Larry Vaughn is a full-time active duty National Guard Soldier. He works at the Army Materiel Command headquarters as the Executive Officer for the Assistant Commanding General for National Guard Affairs. AMC is all about sustaining soldiers whether they’re regular Army or the reserve component, which is made up of both National Guard and Reserve Soldiers.  “I get to help influence discussions from senior leaders on what is happening or should happen to the reserve component,” […]

  • Sometimes it takes the Air Force to forecast Army weather

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — A good question to ask a weatherman headed into a weekend with flurry possibilities is ‘Will it snow this weekend?’ “I sure hope not,” said Captain Mathew Klick, the Army Materiel Command Staff Weather Officer. That snow question is one of the few frivolous questions the Captain ever gets. The Staff Weather Officer has a job that requires a lot of serious scientific work. “I would say, bottom line, my responsibility is to provide weather support […]

  • A UAH Professor headed to the Pentagon as a Naval Reserve Officer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s a late November Tuesday, and UAH Political Science Professor, Kathy Hawk is teaching one of her final classes. She has been at UAH for nearly 20 years, but Dr. Hawk is about to take a military leave of absence. As a Captain in the Naval Reserve, an intelligence officer, she’s about to start working on the staff for the Secretary of Defense, on Asia-Pacific issues. “And so I’m going to be right in the middle of […]

  • Veteran counselor addresses Opioid drug epidemic in Leadership Perspectives

    People are dying all over the county from drug overdoses, and that includes communities right here in north Alabama. The question is: “Just who gets addicted to the drugs, and why?” Jessica Penot, a veteran licensed counselor who deals with drug issues nearly everyday joined us on set for Leadership Perspectives. “That is a very difficult question because there’s not a typical stereo typical addict. But there are two broad categories of them. The first category are people who have […]