I am a proud American Patriot and native son of Greenbrier County! Raised in Ronceverte WV and attended Ronceverte Elementary School, Greenbrier Junior High School, and a 1987 Graduate of Seneca Trail Christian Academy (Ronceverte, WV). To earn your trust I am including my credentials...
A former 82nd Airborne Paratrooper, Commander, Artillery/Fire Support Officer, retired U.S. Army Soldier and multiple-deployed combat veteran with 29 years of service (11 years enlisted and 18 years commissioned officer).
Currently serves as the Senior Army Instructor JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) for the Monroe County Technical Center since 2018
Former State Park Superintendent/Park Ranger, Forest Naturalist, and Special Natural Resources Police Officer with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources from 1993 to 2001 and again from 2016 to 2018.
Former owner of Forest Manna Outdoors, LLC specializing in wilderness survival and primitive bush craft skills workshops
Former owner of Poggio’s Wood Fired Pizza, LLC a mobile food truck business operating at fairs and festivals throughout WV.
A native of Greenbrier County who understands, and is passionate about, the people, traditions, and culture of Southeastern West Virginia
Graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College’s Intermediate Leader Education and Advanced Operations Course, as well as several other strategic leadership schools including graduating from the NATO Crises Management School.
Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership with a minor in Organizational Behavior
Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology (with emphasis on the natural sciences)
Associate of Science Degree in Forestry & Forestry Technology
Hobbies: Reading non-fiction (preferably history), writing, bow-hunting, turkey hunting, fishing, camping, practicing primitive bush craft skills, bird/song identification (bird watching), target shooting, and monitoring local, state and federal politics & current events. Musician (Drummer in the local band Stockyard Parade)
Professional Certifications (past & present): Lean Six Sigma Analyst, Certified Military Instructor, Special Natural Resource Police Officer, Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator, Water Treatment Plant Operator, and Public Swimming Pool Operator, Nationally Certified JROTC Instructor
Community Organizations & Memberships: VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars); AVVA (Associate Member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, Monroe County Chapter); also a Proud Member of the informal and loose network of the Sons of Liberty Patriot Organization. This pro-constitution and legal “sheep dog” organization is made up of the traditionally acknowledged 3% of freedom-loving individuals throughout the community whom will actually become involved to defensively protect & serve the community if necessary. It includes military veterans, business owners, retired law enforcement, retail workers, teachers and perhaps even one of your neighbors. In the spirit of the original Sons of Liberty of the Boston Tea Party fame but a modern law-abiding version of it…is designed to rapidly become activated only during national or state emergency crises scenarios in order to assist local sheriff’s departments in protecting, serving, and defending our local communities if necessary. Also a proud member of the NRA.
A few of my Most Personally Fulfilling Accomplishments:
Author of the book ONE SOLDIER’S SOMBER FLIGHT; FINDING INSPIRATION IN THE DARKEST OF PLACES (Tate Publishing 2009) and other professional journal/column entries to include publications in the US Army’s “FIRES JOURNAL” (a professional journal for field artillery and fires soldiers). Previously authored “Chronicles of a Park Ranger”, a weekly column in the Monroe Watchman, a weekly newspaper published out of Union WV.
As a certified Lean Six Sigma Analyst, worked on a program at Fort Jackson South Carolina which streamlined training support operations and reduced organizational expenditures by 32% and led to an overall annual savings of $1.4 million
As State Park Superintendent, planned and executed initiatives which led to significant increases in park revenue and enhanced recreational facilities and accommodations during a period of increased budget restraints
Trained, and subsequently led a company size combat unit in Iraq in 2004/05 and, despite having to medically evacuate some soldiers out of theatre due to gun-truck security operations, would nevertheless bring all of them home alive! Again planned and coordinated pre-deployment training for a brigade size unit (nearly 4,500 soldiers), executed operations in a very robust and stressful environment for nearly a year (Afghanistan 2014). A Bronze Star, US Expeditionary Medal with Spearhead, and Combat Parachutist (Jump Star) recipient.
Conducted gun-truck security operations across southern Iraq which would ultimately set the conditions for that county to hold its first free national election in nearly thirty years. When I saw Iraqi women showing off the iconic purple dye on their fingers while crying tears of joy, moreover, when my interpreter told me a fifteen year old girl was crying because she was happy to have received her very first ever pair of new shoes (a pair which I had received in a care package), I knew…no matter how much some cried foul…it was all worth it. We planted a seed of liberty in a place which had known none for a generation. At a minimum we handed them an opportunity of a life time! Time will tell if it changed hearts and minds over the long term
Proud to have been an influence in my kid’s lives and watching both my oldest son and oldest stepson following in my footsteps as soldiers, my oldest daughter successfully completing her dental hygienist school, and my youngest step-son preparing to graduate high school with plans to go into a nursing program.
Watching some of my JROTC cadets graduate high school and go on to serve their communities in the work force or their country in uniform.
Favorite past time: My wonderful wife (Sabrina) and I porch sitting with friends and family over a glass of red wine, laughing, living, feeling blessed, and being thankful to have the opportunity to live in such a wonderful State such as we have. Fighting on your behalf everyday to conserve our God given rights and freedoms.