My father was a career officer in the United States Air Force and retired from the
military after 28 years on active duty. As the son of an air force officer I have been
around high-performance aircraft all my life. I have always been intrigued with how and
why these vehicles fly. Some of my fondest memories growing up I associate with the air
force open houses staged at the different military bases where we lived and the
precision-flying demonstrations held at these annual air shows. I have also always been
very interested in the extension of flight to the realm of space and beyond. Ever since I
can remember, I have been interested in the activities associated with the American space
program and NASA. This probably comes from my recollections of watching the Apollo lunar
landings and the splashdown/recovery operations on television in addition to viewing hours
and hours of "Star Trek."
I also have a keen interest in history, in particular, military history and the
exploration and colonization of the New World. I view the work that I now perform as an
important first step in the opening of a new frontier for future generations.
As a military dependent growing up, I have had the opportunity to live all around the
world in addition to the opportunity to travel extensively. While growing up, we moved on
a fairly regular basis and by the time I started college I had lived in Louisiana, France,
Germany, Texas, Virginia, Okinawa and Nebraska.
I have been married to my wife Suzanne for seven years. She is the regional property
underwriting manager (commercial lines insurance underwriter) for a major insurance
company. We have two daughters, Katie and Emily. Katie (3 years old) is a determined
youngster who has become quite the conversationalist. Much to the relief of her parents,
Emily (3 months old) is an extremely happy baby whose favorite pastime is napping.
For leisure time, I enjoy getting outdoors and playing softball and tennis. I also
like going to amusement parks, movies, and the beach. As a family, we enjoy weekend
camping expeditions as well as outings to the zoo and local parks.