A native Hoosier from Indiana with family ties from North Carolina first joined the Army Reserve's 972nd Engineer Battalion in Anderson, In. as a generator on Dec 7, 1976. Due to a down economy joined the US Army in Dec of 1979 being sent to Quartermaster School at Ft Lee,Va then Jump School at Ft Benning. With permanent duty at Ft Bragg with the 27th Engineer Battalion (C)(A). In 1984 reenlisted for duty at Ft Wainwright, AK. After 4 years in Alaska returned to Ft. Bragg being assigned to the 2nd Brigade, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82 Airborne as Headquarters Company Supply Sergeant. We were the first combat unit to leave Ft. Bragg for duty in Operation Desert Shield / Storm. Returning to the States on Easter Sunday in 1991. Left the active army in 1992 with the draw down at that time. Joined the Army Reserves and retired in 2002. I have been married to my wife Teresa for 37 years, with 3 wonderful daughters, and 3 grandsons. Recently employed by Daimler Trucks North America (Freightliner) for several years as a painter and paint team leader. A member of Hudson, Miller, Tatum VFW Post 3006 in Salisbury, serving as Quartermaster, Trustee, Judge Advocate, and now Commander.