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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. I still report, and you can see my weekly “Driving You Crazy” stories on Tuesday nights at 10:00. In fact, if you have a road or traffic problem that concerns you, please send me an e-mail.

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.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two married sons, one of whom, Chris, works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with one son. 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’m honored to be the Vice President of the Huntsville Arts Council.

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

Recent Articles
  • CUTLINE:  An AIM-9X missile was successfully fired from the Army’s new Multi-Mission Launcher at White Sands Missile Range, March 29, 2016. Pictured is the Army's newest missile launch platform, the Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) as it fires the AIM-9X missile.  (US Army Photo/John A. Hamilton)

    The Army hits its target in New Mexico

    The Army has successfully fired an AIM-9X missile from a new launch platform.  Officials from the Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office say the missile successfully engaged an Unmanned Aircraft System target in an engineering demonstration at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.  The test demonstrated the interceptor launch from the new Multi-Mission Launcher.  The same launcher had already successfully fired two other types of missiles.  The AIM-9X was originally designed as an air-to-air interceptor, but it has been […]

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    AUSA Global Force Symposium packs the Von Braun Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Von Braun Ccenter is a busy place this week. The AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exhibition is using almost the entire complex. There are panel discussions and invited speakers. The most visual part of the AUSA meeting is the packed South Hall. Defense companies large and small  are showing off their products, their ideas and their capabilities.  It is the place to be. “This is not just related to Huntsville. You have people here that represent […]

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    Defending America with good accounting

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Anyone seeing video of the Vietnam War could be forgiven for thinking Randy Flisak might be one of the Marines.  Randy served four tours in that war as a Marine helicopter pilot and intelligence officer.  Now, he is the Army Materiel Command  Director of Internal Review and Audit Compliance. That’s a fancy title for a very skilled accountant, who says he first got interest in numbers in Vietnam, though he certainly didn’t think that way in […]


    Defending America with a really rough ride

    Put a missile launcher on a huge table that’s mounted on hydraulic pistons, and sitting on concrete pylons that go down 25-feet to bedrock, and what do you have?  The Six Degrees of Freedom Vibration Table at the Redstone Test Center’s Dynamic Test Lab. In World War II, the Army learned that high-tech systems often need to be tested in real world conditions, before their actual use.  “Radar for example… they were failing miserably in the field, and a lot of it […]

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    Driving on Redstone Arsenal? Put the phone down.

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Every day, some 37,000 people go to work on Redstone Arsenal. Since 2009, following an executive order by President Obama, these drivers have been forbidden by law to use their hand-held phones for calls or texts. Captain Robert York with Redstone Arsenal Police says, “the use of technology is there for our benefit but people lose sight of the fact that driving is the most important thing when they’re in their vehicle.” It’s been seven years […]

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    Defending America with Shadow

    The Shadow flight line at Redstone Arsenal Air field was busy, which isn’t unusual.  For 16 years the Shadow Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS, has been flown and tested at Redstone. “If we were flying the same thing in theater today that we were 10 years ago, our soldiers would be at a disadvantage. We make sure they have the latest and greatest technology. So anytime we have an opportunity to make our platform better, we’re going to do it,” […]

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    Defending America with pure science

    You’ve probably used your GPS in the past few days as you tried to find the location for a new restaurant.  It’s an app on our phone that we’ve come to depend on. “GPS would not work if Einstein had not made the leap to understanding gravity. It depends on accounting for Einstein’s theory of gravity. It took 100 years to go from pencil and paper to us walking around with GPS systems on our phones, and there’s no way […]

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    Defending America with battlefield management

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Right this moment, there are soldiers on duty in Afghanistan.  No doubt they’d tell you that their experiences are a great teacher, and make them better at their job. The soldiers aren’t the only students, though. “I think the lessons we’ve learned in Desert Storm, the lessons we’ve learned in the current battles, and the 14 and a half years we’ve been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, showed us some limitations of our systems,” said Mike Chandler, […]

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    Defending America by getting smaller and more efficient

    The Javelin portable missile system has been in use since the 1990s.  One thing you can count on is the fact that the Redstone Test Center was part of making the Javelin a successful weapons system. Data Acquisition Systems, referred to as DAS, which rhymes with class… was on the Javelin during development testing. The company will be on it again as efforts continue to make sure the system performs as advertised. “We want to make sure that we do […]

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    Defending America one nut, bolt and screw at a time

    The front door of Huntsville’s HillPro spells it out.  What the company sells, supports the war fighter. “In a nutshell, nuts, bolts and screws. Well, it’s a little more detailed than that. It’s a military application type hardware. Bolts, nuts and screws with a pedigree,” says HillPro Sales Manager, Rod Hill. Those nuts, bolts and screws are likely parts being used on Army helicopters in Afghanistan right now.  That’s understandable.  What’s harder to understand is what nuts, bolts and screws […]

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    Defending America at Redstone Arsenal, and making money too

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter was, until recently, an important part of the U.S. Army’s helicopter fleet.  That is no longer case, and now the Army has a bunch of surplus Kiowas. No problem — they’ll be sold to our partners; countries we consider allies. “We also sell the capability for maintenance. We also sell the spare parts. We also sell the training that goes with that. We also sell the publications that go with that, and […]

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    What’s good for business is good for Defending America

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Watch a television news story about American soldiers in Afghanistan, or Army helicopters flying most anywhere, and you can almost bank on it… Redstone Arsenal and local defense businesses are part of keeping the people safe, and the equipment working.  Supporting it all, the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville-Madison County. “We do take our role in the economic development of the Arsenal very seriously. It would not happen on its own,” said Lucia Cape, the Chamber’s Senior […]