“Musicman” learned to fly in 1979 while teaching High School in San Angelo, Texas. He entered the USAF in 1980 and was commissioned through OTS. While on active duty he served as a Weapons Systems Officer in the RF-4C, the reconnaissance version of the Phantom.
As a reservist he was an Intelligence Officer and worked with Special Operations Command, Alaska Command and US Pacific Command. He retired in November 2007 after 27 years of Active and Reserve service.
As a civilian Instructor Pilot he taught USAF Pilot Candidates in the Flight Screening Program at Hondo, Texas beginning in May of 1989. In July of 1996 he and his wife moved to Alaska.
He has instructed at the Elmendorf AFB Aero Club, held the position of Manager of Flight Operations for the University of Alaska Anchorage Professional Piloting Program as well as providing independent flight instruction.
He has accumulated over 7000 flight hours and holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating with Single and Multiengine, Land and Sea privileges. He is a Certificated Flight Instructor, Instrument Instructor and Multiengine Instructor as well as an Advanced and Instrument Ground Instructor.
“Musicman” originally hails from Decatur, Alabama