What branch of service did you serve or are currently serving in?
What years did you serve?
I have been in for the past 15 yrs…..5 more until retirement
What is the highest rank you have achieved?
I am currently a Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2). I will most likely retire as a CW3 unless I decide to stay in past 20 yrs of service. My wife has asked me to do 30 yrs but I'm not sure if I can put up with some of the politics of the military for that long.
What was or is your military occupation?
I am a 350F……Intelligence Warrant Officer
What deployments have you been a part of?
I have been on the Multi-National Forces and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt) and Iraq both OEF and OIF
What base or installations have you been assigned to?
Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Bragg, NC; Ft. Wainwright, AK; US Central Command, Tampa, FL; Army Reserve Medical Command, Pinellas Park, FL; Ft. Sheridan, Chicago, IL and Currently Camp Parks, CA.
Why do you like the game of softball?
I have met and developed some of the most amazing friends and friendships while playing softball. The most important friendship that is a result of softball is the fact that I met my SMOKIN HOTT wife while playing. We met in Panama City Beach during the USSSA Military Worlds in 2006…….Thanks to Pony, Greg and Dirty Dick's Seafood restaurant!!!!!!!
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Back in the late 90s, early 2000s there was a guy playing by the name of Mr. Albert "AK47" Kemp who played the game the right way. I have also had the pleasure to play against and watch Mr. Bill Blake (Original STEELE team member) hit. When I saw him he was already in his late 50s/early 60s but he was still hitting shots 350 ft. with ease. Currently I would have to say my boy Dexter Avery who is the laziest softball player ever but he gets the job done. Alright, Alright, Alriiiggghhttt….You gone learn today!!!!!!
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
The entire 4theFallen/3N2 team and coaches because win or lose everyone respects the game, our opponents and most importantly each other.
What is your nickname in softball?
Top Flight, like Top Flight Security from the movie Friday….BAM we got action!
Where do you call home?
San Antonio, Texas now
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I live in a house full of women so there is never an off weekend…lol. My wife and I always make time for each other and our two beautiful daughters. My oldest daughter lives in N.C. so I try to see her as much as possible, so a weekend with them is always a bonus.
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track in high school and then I went on to play football at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started play intramural ball when I first join the military then I later went on to play on the All-Army team for a couple of years. Then Greg Zayas called me to play with the CANES/Worth in 08 and then I played for PIPAC/TPS in 09. Back in June 2011 the conversation started about starting a team that played for a different cause and here we are…..4theFallen
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Never taken anything for granted and nothing in life is free so work your butt off to get all you can….Thanks Grandma
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Play the game the right way and be thankful and loyal to your teammates, coaches and sponsors.
What position do you play?
OF and this yr I think I will C/EH some…..thanks coach
What batting grip do you use?
Two finger overlap
What ounce bat do you use?
27 oz endload
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I do a lot of tire flipping, sledge hammer, heavy ropes, TRX and YOGA…….don't knock it till you try it
What is your favorite sports team?
UNC Tarheels and Carolina Panther
What is your favorite sport other than softball?
Football and Tarheels basketball
Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
I say a few words to a good friend of mine who was taken from us too soon in 2008….RIP Spanky
What is your most memorable softball moment?
The first time our team took the field at the Toys 4 Tots this year. It was a special moment for a group of guys who shared more in common than just softball. It really means a lot to us to see all the support that we are getting thus far. Thanks you all!!!
What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Bring em out by T.I.
What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
If everyone continues to work hard a change will come
What is your favorite non-World tournament?
Toys 4 Tots in Palm Springs and the SW Invite
What is the best softball field you have played at and why?
All of the BLD fields are pretty good
Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Wal-Mart……you can find everything there. D-Rock meet me on isle 6…lol