I was born in Paducah, Kentucky. My family moved to Lexington when I was 13,
and I graduated from Tates Creek High School. At age 17, I entered the United States
Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I graduated in 1988 with a Bachelor
of Science in Engineering Mechanics. Three weeks later, I married Amy Zell, an Indiana
native who I met at church in Kentucky.
My first duty assignment was Columbus AFB, Mississippi, where I completed Air
Force Pilot Training. Graduating near the [top of] my class, I was told to remain
at Columbus as a “First Assignment Instructor Pilot” in the T-37. I taught new pilots
how to fly, and was eventually selected to become a classroom instructor as well.
The Air Force moved me to northern Indiana briefly to instruct at Grissom AFB.
My last active duty assignment was at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, flying the C-130
“Hercules”. I traveled all over the United States, the Caribbean and Central and
South America. While at Little Rock, I completed my Master of Science degree in Operations
Management with the University of Arkansas.
In 1998, I decided to leave active duty and come home to Kentucky where I was
hired as a pilot for UPS. Amy and I chose to settle down in Hardin County, and this
has become home for our four children.
For almost 10 years, I continued to serve in the military by flying with the
Kentucky Air National Guard in Louisville. As an instructor pilot with the Kentucky
Air Guard, I deployed on numerous occasions to Europe and the Middle East. After
9/11, I supported our local Homeland Defense mission in the United States, and regularly
deployed around the nation.
In 2003, my unit was activated for a year, and we deployed to the Middle East
in support of Operation Afghani Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. I flew numerous missions
in some of the world’s most dangerous hotspots. In the summer 2007, I deployed again
with my unit to Afghanistan. In 2008, I transitioned to a primary duty Reservist
in preparation for a command role in the Air Force Reserve.
Our family prioritizes serving the Lord--both in and out of church. I have taught
Sunday School and served as a Deacon. I serve on the boards of 3 ministries (including
the local Habitat for Humanity). I also enjoy teaching local high school students
and volunteering at local charities.
I entered the Air Force when I was 17, and served a number of years on active
duty and then in the Kentucky Air National Guard. I served a number of years on active
duty and then in the Kentucky Air National Guard. I contnue to serve in the Air Force
Reserve, but will retire in July 2018.
I currently serve in the 18th District - representing Grayson and Hardin Counties.