SSN-681 USS Batfish
SSBN-726 USS Ohi0
Lives in Gallatin, TN
Joined USSVI - 10/24/2013
Born in the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. (My mother and biological farther were Radioman in the Navy.) I grew up most of my life in LaVergne, TN and graduated from High School in Smyrna, TN in 1972. I immediately joined the Navy with the idea of going to Air Control School. Of course after taking a series of tests in boot camp, I was approached about going into the Nuclear Field on board submarines and guess what...
I attended Machinist Mate A School in Great Lakes, IL in the winter of 1972 and then I was off to a short stint on the USS Tattnall DDG-19 in the spring and early summer of 1973, while waiting for a spot to open up in Nuclear Power School and to get a little Machinist Mate training in the surface Navy. I simply believe that was done to put the fear of God into us and make us study in Nuc School, because I sure knew I did not want to spend any time in the surface fleet. It Worked!
I attended Nuc School in Bainbridge, MD in 1974. The same place my parents had attended Radio school 20 years earlier. (The buildings were so old, I think it was the same building.) Upon finishing Nuc School, I went directly to the S3G Prototype in Balston Spa, NY for another wonderful winter this time in upstate NY.
After finishing up prototype training, I was finally transferred south to Charleston, SC and spent a few months on the USS Hunley AS-31 to await orders to my first boat. I finally received orders to the USS Batfish SSN-681 in February of 1975 and was off to the Med for a 6 month deployment in July. I qualified on all my watch stations and Submarines during that trip and made several northern runs the next couple years. When I had enough sea duty, I put in for New Construction and spent the rest of my time in the Navy in Groton, CT building the USS Ohio SSBN-726. After the launching of the Ohio, and being selected for Chief PO, I was up for shore duty, but I was unable to get recruiting duty here in Nashville so I opted to get out of the Navy in October 1980.
After getting out of the Navy, I got a job with the Corp of Engineers working at Old Hickory and the Percy Priest Dams here in Middle Tennessee. After a couple of years, I went to college and received a degree in Theology and was the pastor of a church in Norton, VA for several years. After moving back to Middle Tennessee once again, I went back to college and received a degree in Business and Computer technology after which I went to work for a company called Envoy processing credit cards. The Credit Card business of Envoy was acquired by First Data Corporation out of Nebraska so I ended up working for First Data for 10 years. I decided to go into the Health Care industry and went back to my previous company of Envoy who had now become Web MD. Through several acquisitions, I now work with a company called Emdeon and have been with them for nearly 12 years.
My wife and I enjoy traveling and hopefully in a couple more years after retirement, that is exactly what we plan to do more of if all goes well.
Currently we live in Gallatin, TN and between Vicki and I we have 5 boys ranging in age from 30 - 40 and our little girl of 15 years, Vienna, a miniature dachshund.