I am married to my incredible and amazing wife Jeannette for 24 years. We met at Univ. of Georgia and began dating and married when I was in the Navy. We have two beautiful daughters Rachael and Rebecca. I couldn't be prouder of them.
I moved around a lot as my dad was a contract Engineer for MANY government contractors. mostly in the burgeoning US Aerospace industry and NASA programs. If fact I was born the very day Apollo 11 Lifted off for the Moon. He worked for Grumman on the Lunar Lander at the time.
Boy Scouts was the one constant in my young life. As I moved from one place to another, I would find a new Troop to call home. I was in five troops before I turned 18 and completed my Eagle award just before my 18th Birthday.
As the best option for me to complete my college degree, I enlisted in the Navy early in 1990. After a delayed entry, I went to Boot Camp in Orlando Florida in May of 1990. The Navy Nuclear Program was very challenging for me. Graduating from the Machinist Mate school, then Nuclear Field A School, I went to Prototype Training in Charleston, SC. I served aboard the USS South Carolina from February 1992. I moved up to the level of E-5 (Mach. Mate Second Class) as I held about every job in my division including Reactor Plant Maintenance Supervisor and Engine Room Supervisor. While in the Navy, I completed college courses while underway, correspondence courses and tested out of many college level courses.
Completing my enlistment in May of 1996, I received a job offer from Duke Power (now Duke Energy).
I completed my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology in Applied Science from Thomas Edison State College.
I am a Senior Techmical Writer and a former Plant Operations Specialist. I create and edit various plant operating procedures and administrative guides.
I started as an adult scouting leader right after moving to Gastonia. I went to the Fall Leader program kickoff and was introduced to many leadres that helped me gain a grounding in what a Scouter real is. That Fall I completed the Scoutmaster Basics course and Outdoor Leader Skills course. The next Spring I completed Woodbadge sourse SR-201 held at Camp Bud Schiele in Rutherfordton, NC. Finishing my 'Ticket' in the Summer of 1997, dedicated to becoming all I could as a Scouter to give back to the program that gave me so much.
I served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee and as Troop Committee Chairman.
I have been the Unit Commissioner since 2007 and Assistant District Commissioner sinse 2010.
I served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman and now serve on the Troop Committee.
Crew 6 was founded so that I could share scouting with my daughters. I hadn't known much about Venturing at the time but have built a level of knowedge to now present the Venturing Advisor Specific training course.