My Father was in the United States Air Force, based at Davis Monthan AFB. There, he worked on the avionics for the F-4 Phantom and has worked on a diverse group of aircraft, including the B-2 Spirit. He has and always will be an inspiration to me, and is a huge reason I fell in love with aviation.
My love for aviation started when I was 10 years old, and my parent’s took me to the Edwards AFB Open House. I was in awe as a wide variety of aircraft went through their demonstrations. From Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier to kick off the show, to the amazing display put on by the Thunderbirds to close out the day, I watched it all in amazement. From that day on, I was hooked. Growing up by Van Nuys Airport in Southern California offered me the opportunity to see some of the local Warbirds, as well as the 146th Tactical Airlift Wing’s C-130s. Several years later, they would move to Channel Islands. As I grew up, I attended more and more air shows and aviation events every year. In 1991, I borrowed my Mom’s Canon AE-1, and my Dad rented me a 100-300 telephoto lens, for the annual Van Nuys Air Show. That show was the beginning of a passion for photography, that when mixed with my love of aviation, has never stopped growing.
I joined the United States Army Reserves in 2003, and have seen tours in both Iraq in 2005, and Afghanistan in 2012. I still presently serve with pride as a Combat Engineer in the Army Reserves. As an additional duty to my primary job as an Armoured Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB) Commander, I also serve as my Unit’s Public Affairs Representative. I look forward to being a member of Photo-Recon.