I’m a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. However, my parents traded one grade of red clay for another and raised me just outside of Atlanta, Georgia near Decatur in South DeKalb County.
I studied for two years at the University of Georgia—first in the Henry Grady School of Journalism and later in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences—before I enlisted in The World’s Finest Nuclear Navy and served in the U.S. Navy – Naval Security Group Command. I was “dual–qualified” in both the Communications (CTO) branch and as a linguist in the Interpretive (CTI) branch of the Cryptologic Technician (CT) rating.
When I finished my career, I was a Chief Petty Officer qualified in submarines (USS WILLIAM H BATES) and consistently tested out in the top 10% of Naval Security Group Russian cryptolinguists. I served aboard six aircraft carriers, two landing ships, one guided missile destroyer, and six fast attack boats while assigned to commands in the eastern United States, Europe, and the Near East.
I am the elected president of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Previously, I have been honored to serve as Chair of the public affairs committee, Supervisor of Trails, and manager for a 200-acre tract adjoining Shenandoah National Park. It has been my privilege to lead volunteer trail construction crews for the Club.
I’m a member of the Lions Clubs International and a member of the Board of Directors the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association.
I am a proud “alum” of the Demosthenian Literary Society at the University of Georgia. I was active for 13 years with the Boy Scouts of America as a leader with four troops in Spain, Scotland, and Maryland. All the youth with whom I worked are adults now, with their own families. (I’m a Wood Badger.)
I have been very active in the James River Chapter and the Consulting & Independent Contracting SIG of the Society for Technical Communication.