Posted Jan 01 2018 11:34AM CST
Updated Jun 18 2018 12:47PM CDT
If you were to ask, “When did the weather bug bite you?” I would have to say it was after personally seeing Hurricane Andrew destroy my hometown of Miami, back in 1992.
I walked outside and saw what a Cat-5 hurricane did to my city, and I wanted to know the science behind it. I wanted to know the why and how it happens, and to have an understanding of what took place.
Seven years later, my family and I moved to Fort Worth, where I attended Fossil Ridge High School. This is where I got exposed to North Texas severe weather — the severe wind, the hail, the tornado threats and that sealed the deal for me.
My approach to meteorology was different than most; I went the military route. I researched which branch of the service would provide the best college opportunities for me and discovered that the Air Force has a "forecaster" job.
My Air Force training led to more than 80 semester hours of meteorological college credit. It was a lengthy process, especially during my deployments to Afghanistan. My time in the service was one of the best experiences in my life. I received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in August of 2012 and earned my degree in 2015 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geoscience.
Before joining FOX 4, I had worked at the CBS affiliate KYTX in Tyler since April of 2015, and also did a stint at Texas Cable News in Dallas after an internship at WFAA/Channel 8.
Awards & Recognition:
Army Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Star Devices, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Short Tour, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award, AF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Nato Medal – International Security Assistance Force.