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
  • AUSA Global Force Symposium starts Monday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – First things first. The Association of the US Army Global Force Symposium and Exposition is a big deal. It brings thousands of Army civilians, Soldiers, industry representatives and people who are just plain “interested” together in one place, Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. The 3 day annual event includes expert speakers, round table discussions, panels of subject matter experts, and the latest and greatest developments in the defense industry. AUSA leaders say it’s a chance to get everyone […]

  • Army Contracting Command might not sound glamorous, but without ACC soldiers wouldn’t have anything.

    There are more than 3,300 helicopters in the Army’s fleet, and every one of them was purchased. You can say the same thing about every spare part for those helicopters. All the parts were bought and paid for. Every single purchase is made possible by people inside a particular Redstone Arsenal building. “It’s a Command that supports a globally deployed Army,” says Major General James E. Simpson, the Commanding General of the Army Contracting Command. The sign in the lobby […]

  • New north Alabama company guarantees its computers are cyber secure

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Major computer hacks of big companies or systems is almost commonplace. Yahoo is one of the latest victims. Like the system at the United States Office of Personnel Management, Yahoo’s system was hacked over time.  An “advanced persistent threat” is what the experts call malware that gets inserted by bad guys into a computer and steals information over time. “We could have stopped that. None of those hacks would have happened, says Bobby Land, one of two […]

  • For career advice, check with Sgt. Major Willene Orr

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – She’s the soldier in the middle of the photo. It’s when Sgt. Major Willene Orr was deployed with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.  On that deployment, in fact on all her posts since 1994 Willene has been on duty as a Career Counselor. It’s the job she holds now with the Army Materiel Command. Sgt. Major Willene Orr is AMC’s Command Career Counselor. Willene joined the Army 30 years ago starting out as a Private, an Administrative Specialist. […]

  • Leadership Huntsville-Madison County prepares for leadership transition: Longtime CEO Sarah Savage passing the torch

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Since 1998, Sarah Savage has been a fixture with Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. She started that year as director of the program at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce. For the past several years, she’s been the President and CEO. Now, Sarah is stepping down. She’s quick to make sure people know she isn’t retiring quite yet. She describes her move as transitioning to another phase of her life. “My daughter, who is now 19, was an infant […]

  • Digital UH-60 Victor cockpit

    The Army at Redstone Arsenal is busy making old helicopters…New.

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Being a passenger aboard an Army Black Hawk helicopter will convince you of a couple of things. First, the UH-60 Black Hawk is a powerful aircraft. Second, the Army pilots are ultra-competent. Another impression you would have had on a flight a few years ago, the analog cockpit of the Black hawk is chock full of gauges and dials. Pilots have a lot to look at while they fly. “You might be scanning up to 6 […]

  • How the Redstone Test Center puts aircraft to the “Ice” test

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – One thing you can know for sure, every Army aircraft has an FAA certification for the kind of icing conditions in which it can fly. That’s true because of a specially equipped Chinook helicopter. HISS it’s called…”Helicopter Icing Spray System.” The home base for this one-of-a-kind specially equipped chopper is Redstone Arsenal at the Redstone Test Center. “The whole reason the Army put this together in the early 70’s was for safety,” said RTC Experimental Test […]

  • Why the Space and Missile Defense Command needs some good Zombies

    Who doesn’t know about Zombies? The un-dead, the living dead, whatever you want to call them…they are popular in books and movies. Turns out they’re also popular with the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal. It’s all about turning old equipment into Zombie targets. “The kind of rebirth of these dead assets is where the name comes from,” says Bryon Manley, the Deputy Director for SMDC’s Technical Center. The dead assets Bryon was talking about are missiles […]

  • The Army Materiel Command makes sure Reserve Soldiers stay sharp and ready

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – It’s simple really. Soldiers in the field are doing one important job for the Army. There are other crucial jobs that also need soldiers to do them. One includes dealing with the vast amount of equipment that it takes to keep the Army working. That’s why the Army Materiel Command  at Redstone Arsenal makes good use of National Guard and Reserve Soldiers. This reserve component is a source of skilled workers who actually need to work. […]

  • They’re big, they’re Russian, and they’re targets at Redstone Arsenal

    Soldiers in the field want to know their weapons systems will work as advertised. At Redstone Arsenal making sure that’s true can involve a Russian T-72 tank. “Russia and their assignees have produced over 30,000 of these and they are in service in over 45 countries around the globe, says Mike Criss, The Chief of Range Operations for the Redstone Test Center. The vast numbers of the 45 ton tanks in use is the reason they are the target of […]

  • The Redstone Rocket tells the Arsenal’s story for 65 years

    The anniversary is coming. On February 5th, The Redstone Rocket newspaper will celebrate 65 years on the job.  Yes, the Rocket’s first issue came in 1952, and the mission then is still the mission now. “To communicate to the workforce that the communication has always been historically an important thing, and to communicate to the workforce what we’re doing, where we’re going, and what is expected,” said Claus Martell, the Acting Army Materiel Command’s Historian. With just a few exceptions, […]

  • 2017 bringing more of the same for Huntsville defense work, plus changes too

    Something you can count on in the new year: the Redstone Test Center will be hard at work on the dozens of tests they do every day.  Some will be visible, and many will make noise. Some of the loudest noise for people on and off base will come from hackers who try to steal everything from government secrets to personal information.  Huntsville companies involved in Cyber Security will be busy. “Literally every day, every week, something new is going […]