Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tom's Biography


I am married to my incredible and amazing wife Jeannette for over 25 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.

Growing up

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. In 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.

Youth Scouting

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. At the time, I appreciated the leadership skills I developed on Summer Camp staff over advancement. Finally, I completed my Eagle award just before my 18th Birthday.

U.S. Navy

As a means to pay for 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. Serving aboard the USS South Carolina from February 1992 till the end of my enlistment. I held about every job in my division including Reactor Plant Maintenance Supervisor and Engine Room Supervisor. While in the Navy, I completed as many college courses while underway as I could, correspondence courses and tested out of many college level courses.


I completed my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology in Applied Science from Thomas Edison State College.

Duke Energy

I am a Senior Technical Writer and a former Plant Operations Specialist. I create and edit various plant operating procedures and administrative guides.

Adult Scouting

I started as an adult scouting leader right after moving to Gastonia. I went to the 1996 Leader program kickoff and was introduced to many leaders that helped me gain a grounding in being a real Scouter. That Fall I completed the Scoutmaster Basics course and Outdoor Leader Skills course. The next Spring I completed Woodbadge course 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.

Troop 58

I served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee and as Troop Committee Chairman.


I have been the Unit Commissioner since 2007 and Assistant District Commissioner since 2010. I have presented many Adult Leader training events from 1997 to the present.

Troop 6

I served as Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chairman and now serve on the Troop Committee.

Crew 6

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 knowledge to now present the Venturing Advisor Specific training course. Up to this point, I had been giving back to scouting what it had given me. Now I am sharing this amazing program with my own children. 

Ship 459

Ship was founded in 2017 to much success. I'm serving on the committee right now. Sea Scouting has a rich and storied history. I look forward to being a part of the Ship program.

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