Awards and Commendations:
Outstanding Performance Award for presenting 1000 hours of Apollo instruction. presented by Astronauts Tom Stafford, John Young, and Gordon Cooper.
Letter of commendation from Astronaut Jim Lovell, Commander of Apollo 13.
Letter of commendation from the Apollo Astronaut group.
The Astronaut Personal Achievement Award (Snoopy pin) presented by Astronaut Al Worden.
NASA Award for Service.
During his service with the National Management Association he was commended by the President of the Board of Directors of the Space Chapter for his participation in conducting a Management Development Seminar for the Western Division of the NMA (1974) at the Jolly Roger Inn near Disneyland, in Anaheim California.
Commendation by the USAF Air Defense Command for services performed as a field engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company on the weapons control system of the F106.
This service gave foundation and experience for a later assignment with Rockwell International in working with the NASA as a contractor representative in their training department at NASA JSC in Houston, and the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch complex in Florida.
John hails from the southeastern US, living and attending school in the beautiful hill country communities of central Tennessee, and the Tennessee Valley in Alabama.
His technical training began in the United States Navy and continued in engineering and technical schools in Southern California. His permanent residence was in Orange County California during most of his career in Aerospace. He now resides near where he grew up in the Tennessee Valley.
His retirement activities include gardening and maintaining his modest retirement home near the Tennessee River. John’s interests are mainly in the area of communications media, with a special interest in computer science and early web publishing. He is the publisher of this site with the dedicated support of several team members.
Current hobbies include vintage boat restoration, with occasional cruising and fishing on the river near Pickwick Lake, and participating (as health & time permit) as a member of the Institute of Learning in Retirement (ILR) at the University of North Alabama (UNA).
He is also a licensed Amateur Radioman, (K6TKS), although inactive for several years. John, as well as several other members of the training team, credit Amateur Radio for launching their interests and career in the field of electronics.