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.  I am a Master Parachutist.

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 use Windows and Android, abbreviate rank the Army way, and conjugate "Plead" as Plead, Pled, Pled...which is, of course, CORRECT.

Pleased to meet ya.

"An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory." ~ Franklin P. Jones


To a Photographer and Soldier

This photo and the photo above were taken by, the guy on the left, 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.