Photo by Brett Niles, 1982OK, sports fans, here are ten things you should know about me.

1. I'm an Alabamian. I grew up in Birmingham, attending Kennedy Grammar School and Woodlawn High School.  I'm a "Middle Kid."

2. I'm a huge Auburn football fan. War damn Eagle!

3. I served in the Army for twenty-four years, mostly in the 82nd Airborne's 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment as a Scout and an Infantryman.

4. I was assigned to Turkey three times to work for NATO and consider Turkiye a second home.

5. I was posted on Her Majesty's Service for two years in the 1st Battalion of The British Parachute Regiment, C Company, 8 platoon.

  6. I'm a graduate of Class 47 of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy.  I was the ROTC Sergeant Major at Virginia Military Institute(VMI).

7. I retired from The Army in 2001 and worked for sixteen-and-a-half years at VMI as the Corps and Institute Sergeant Major.  After forty-one years in uniform, I retired completely on 1 February, 2018.

8. I am married to a beautiful Birmingham girl, have two wonderful kids (who married great partners), two grandchildren, and two grand-dogs.

9. Now that I'm retired, I'm keeping busy with my cameras, my guitar, my telescope, my car, my bird book, traveling, and visiting battlefields.

10. I double-space after sentences, abbreviate rank the Army way, and conjugate "Plead" as Plead, Pled, Pled...which is, of course, CORRECT.

Pleased to meet ya

To a Photographer and Soldier

The photo above was taken by my friend, brother, wild Hawaiian boy, and former Scout 2IC, Airborne Ranger Brett Niles, another fallen brother, victim of the plague of our particular species.  You are absent brother, but we who knew you will never forget you.  Aloha, Scouts Out.