- Arab High School1979 - 1982
I am the youngest of 5 children, two brothers and two sisters. I was born in Enterprise, AL on August 28, 1963, the very day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C. I've spent most of my life growing up in various parts of Alabama but have lived in Cantonment, FL (near Pensacola), Cedartown, GA, Walled Lake MI (near Detroit), and Sandusky OH also. From 1st to 12th grade I changed schools around 13 times! We moved around a lot due to my Father's jobs, he was a Southern Baptist Preacher and a Radio Announcer.
My parents were divorced in 1976, both of my Grandfathers died that same year too. From 1976 to 1979 we went from a 7 member family, Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, to just my Mom and myself as both my brothers and both my sisters left the house in what I call "under other than pleasant conditions". I lost my Mother to pancreatic cancer in 2000, just a few short days prior to my oldest son's first birthday.
In 1982 I graduated from Arab High School in Arab, AL and while in school I worked at Pizza Hut there. After graduation I went into the US Air Force and served for 6 years (1982-1988). I had my Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX and also attended Security Police Technical School there. My first and only Duty Station was at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, SD where I was assigned to the 44th Missile Security Squadron. About a year after being Honorably Discharged I went to work with the Dothan Airport Police Department in Dothan, AL where I worked for 6 1/2 years (1989-1995). While working with DAPD I also became a certified Basic Emergency Medical Technician and I also had a Part-Time job, for a short period of time, as a Bank Courier. Prior to going to work at the Dothan Airport I worked, for a few months, as a Security Guard at the Sony plant in Dothan, AL. After 12 1/2 years of Security/Law Enforcement work I decided to make a change. I worked about four years for Wal-Mart, first in Sylacauga, AL, then Prattville, AL, then Oxford, AL and finally Valley, AL. After leaving Wal-Mart I worked a short time with Sears Termite And Pest Control in Opelika, AL, and then about two years with Sherwin-Williams in Valley, AL. It was a small store and it was located in a "bad part of town", they had been talking about closing the store ever since I first started and I found out not long after I left they finally did. I am now working at a "BIG BOX" home improvement retail store, been here since 2002. I'm married to a great wife and we have two wonderful sons and currently live near DeArmanville, AL in Calhoun County.
In my "spare time" I am an Amateur Radio operator, also known as "Ham Radio". I've been licensed since 2006 and my callsign is KI4OZG. I am the Public Information Officer for the Calhoun County Amateur Radio Association in Anniston, AL, the Public Information/Relations Officer for the Calhoun County ARES/RACES Group and the Electronic Media Public Information Officer for the Alabama ARRL Section.
My amateur radio equipment includes an ICOM ID800H that I use as my base, an ICOM 2200H w/D-STAR as a back-up base, an ICOM V82 w/D-STAR for an H/T, and another ICOM 2200H w/D-STAR for mobile use and also a Kenwood TM-741A with 2 meter and 70cm modules that I use as a back-up to my back-up base radio(s) and a DV Dongle that can be used with D-STAR. I also have the following radio monitoring/scanner equipment: Uniden BCD396T, Uniden BC350A, Uniden BC2500XLT, Uniden PRO510xl, Bearcat Electra III, Bearcat Electra IV, and a World War II era US Army Signal Corps Radio Receiver BC-312-N.