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
  • 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 […]

  • Why Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean is almost part of Redstone Arsenal

    From the air, the view of Kwajalein Atoll is spectacular.   The dozens of coral islands that make up the atoll  surrounded by the beautiful blue-green waters of the Pacific Ocean.  Eleven of the islands make up the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. “So Reagan test site has several customers. Some customers are commercial space customers. Also we have Missile Defense Agency, US Air Force, and other Army customers,” said Col. Rod Stuckey, the Test Site Director. One […]

  • Going to Mars is complicated!

    Mars is Earth’s next door neighbor in the solar system.  We know a lot about the red planet thanks to several rovers that have taken beautiful photos and have done scientific research, but always by remote control.  These days more and more people, from NASA to private industry are talking about humans going to Mars. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” so said Neil Armstrong 47 years ago when he became the first human being to […]

  • Readiness is the word, whether it’s the holidays or not.

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – For American soldiers who are deployed, the holiday season is a big deal. They will most definitely celebrate.  Then again, they always understand that they can be called back to duty at any time. “It’s really important that we’re ready, because the enemy doesn’t necessarily recognize Christmas and new years. so we’ve got to be ready to provide the parts and support they need in the field,” said Major General Douglas M. Gabram, the Commanding General […]

  • Keeping America’s edge with the best rocket engine ever!

    The Space Shuttle Main Engines did their job 135 times.  The technology was actually designed back in the 1970’s but proved over and over again that it was ahead of its time. The SSME is still the most powerful, efficient rocket engine ever. It’s success is  why NASA’s next rocket to take humans to space, the SLS, will also use the shuttle main engines that are still in inventory.  The engine now referred to as RS-25. “So, RS-25 is a […]

  • Why Boeing officials say Directed Energy is going to protect American troops

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The US Army is justifiably proud of the capability of its unmanned aircraft systems. They give war fighters an invaluable pair of far-seeing eyes.  The problem is, the bad guys have their own unmanned systems, their own drones. Troops need protection from those eyes.  “You could lock on the target. It’s a dime sized (beam)  at a mile, and you can shoot down this quad-copter in 11-seconds,” said Boeing’s John Matlock. The quad-copper John is referring […]

  • There’s more than one way to serve in the Army. The AMC Band says so.

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The Army Materiel Command Band is like very musical group. Before the big performance, there is a lot of rehearsal. Right now the band is preparing for a couple of big holiday concerts. Rehearsal for Sgt. Amy Mahoney means singing with the entire band,  or maybe a smaller section. For her, the thoughts during are always the same. “Don’t mess up! No, really just to give the best I can, the best performance. You know, we […]

  • It’s a tough job! Why the Army Materiel Command has an Ombudsman to do it

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – A typical day inside Redstone Arsenal’s sprawling Army Materiel Command Headquarters building finds Jesse Barber hard at work. He is the Ombudsman. When he tells people that, they react. “They scratch their head and say, what does an ombudsman do?” says Jesse. According to thefreedictionary.com, an ombudsman is a person employed by an institution to investigate and attempt to mediate and resolve complaints against it. Jesse Barber has his own definition. “In the simplest terms I […]