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
  • Selling to our friends without hurting our own Army

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – From Javelin missiles to Apache helicopters to Abrams tanks, the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, known as USASAC, sells the systems, the support equipment, the spare parts, the manuals, the ability to sustain these systems and many others, to allies and strategic partners.  If there’s a concern, it would be that we don’t sell equipment that would hurt our own Army. “That we don’t impact Army readiness by selling from our stock items that may be […]

  • The all out U.S. effort to develop hypersonic weapons has begun

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Supersonic means faster than the speed of sound and it used to be an impressive word. Not now. Now the word for Aerospace and Defense companies defense experts and companies around the world is hypersonic, 5-times the speed of sound or faster. “Our potential adversaries have spent the last couple of decades really refining the hypersonic technology into weaponry,” said Kenneth Todorov in 2019. That thought was scary considering the U.S. hypersonic program wasn’t huge, and the […]

  • The time to work on the Army’s future is right now

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — These days high tech changes in military hardware happen so fast it’s hard to keep up but the U.S. military is working hard to actually stay ahead. Over the years, the Army has proved it more than once that when you build them right, they last. That could be a missile, a tank or a helicopter. It’s the kind of thing you should think of when you see a Black Hawk helicopter in action. It was […]

  • How all those defense meetings in Huntsville make America safer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When you talk about the US Army and defending the nation, whether it be missiles or aviation or a number of other things, you’re also probably talking about Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. That’s where the Association of the U.S. Army has its annual Global Force Symposium in the spring. In the fall we have the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in the fall and even later the Quad-A Army Aviation Sustainment Symposium. “It’s extremely important that they […]

  • You want an Army family, then check out the Daly’s

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — As we begin the week of Thanksgiving, we can certainly add the families who help keep America safe to the list of what we are thankful for. In north Alabama, there are thousands of them. Some are more unusual than others. Mitchell Daly was one of the stars on a very good Bob Jones High School baseball team.  The shortstop good enough to sign a scholarship with the University of Texas. After the actual signing, there’s […]

  • Symposium at VBC focused on sustaining current Army choppers while finding successors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Subtract the uniforms at the Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Product Sustainment Symposium at the Von Braun Center and you might think it looks a lot like any other high-tech trade show. But it isn’t. It’s about sustaining the Chinook — which was designed in the 60s — and the Black Hawk, a helicopter that dates to the 1980s and the Apache of the same era. It’s about making sure the fleet is not only modernized but lethal. […]

  • Annual Cribbins Symposium is a family thing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Right now, there are likely Army aviators flying in hostile parts of the world and while they aren’t thinking about what’s happening in Huntsville this week, they could. Because hundreds of people from the Army, from industry, and from the ranks of the passionately interested, are coming together to make Army aviation the very best that it can be. The reason is straightforward. The Army Aviation Association of America (Quad-A) holds its annual Joseph P. Cribbins Aviation Sustainment […]

  • Huntsville’s Yulista working for now and later

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Wouldn’t you love to know what things are going to be like in 20-years? Add to that the knowledge that there are bad guys out there who wish you harm. Then there is the fact you have to take care of business today. Josh Herren is the CEO for Yulista.  The company is a major player in defense and aerospace, and according to Herren certainly understands the situation. “General Perna said one time, you got to be […]

  • Remembering an Army family

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — When you see an Army helicopter flying, or video of soldiers on the patrol or most any illustration of soldiers, it’s sometimes hard to remember that these are people just like you.  Men and women who have families. “Looking back, I had a blast,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark McClanathan. The Sgt. is in the Army now, but the blast he’s talking about is the 5 years he spent in the Air Force as a […]

  • Retired Col. has a new job and the same passion for the Army mission

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Army officers retire regularly in Huntsville and take jobs with local companies that work with the military. It makes sense because they are definitely subject matter experts. WHNT News 19 has talked to Col. John Kuenzli several times over the past few years. He’s the retired commander of what was the Army Materiel Command’s Logistics Support Activity. LOGSA as it used to be called (it’s now the Logistics Data Analytics Center, LDAT). Col. Kuenzli is now retired […]

  • Built at Redstone Arsenal, and protecting lives around the world

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Raytheon is proud of its Standard Missile and recently celebrated the delivery of the 400th unit. They’re known generally as the SM-3 and SM-6, or any of a number of other variants. The Standard Missile has been on the job for quite a while. “For 60 years it’s been protecting our Navy as it maneuvers around the world,” said Mitch Stevison the Vice President for Raytheon’s Strategic and Naval Systems. Actually, the Standard Missile is deployed […]

  • A Huntsville company gets its name from World War 2

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville is a great place to start a defense company. Especially if you take a Special Forces veteran, mix in some great workers and add a big dollop of history. 75 years ago,  Allied forces hit the beaches at Normandy in France. It was D-Day, and invasion supported by intelligence gathering and work with the French resistance.  That work was done by what was then called the Office of Strategic Services, the OSS. “Well, I’m a retired […]

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