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William Henry Kettig Irvine
b. 7/12/1969 in Mobile, Alabama
m. Courtenay Michelle Frew
b. 9/26/1974 in Atlanta, Georgia
m. 8/23/2003 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Marietta, Georgia
div. 3/18/2008 in Biloxi, Mississippi

I was born with the name of William Kettig Irvine on July 12, 1969. I was named after my maternal grandfather, William Henry Kettig Jr. My mother and father always said that they wanted to put the name Henry on my birth certificate, but reluctantly, did not. In June of 1994, before I left for a tour in Korea, I petitioned the court, with the help of my cousin, Anne Carson Irvine (a lawyer), and had my name legally (and finally) changed to William Henry Kettig Irvine. This was a very important stage in my life and also helped me retrieve my just identity.

When I was about 10 years old and in fourth grade, I was trying to make a statement by physically writing my name as Henry Irvine on all of my papers. This was some what of a surprise to my teacher, Mrs. Harvey, so she made inquiries to my parents as to my sudden "identity crisis." They told her that I was trying to find my true identity about my name and thus the confusion of life as child was started.

Will aboard cruise to Panama Canal - April 2005
WILLIAM, born in Mobile, AL., 12th July, 1969, the 2nd child of Samuel Oliver Starke Irvine and Sallie Anne Kettig. William is a graduate of Christ the King School, Daphne, AL. in 1983. He then attended Fairhope High School in Fairhope, AL and graduated in 1987. After High school he attended the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL in 1987 and 1988. After realizing that college at this point was not the right choice, and due to poor grades, he came home for a life of hard labor and more discipline. After working for Jubilee Landscape in Daphne Alabama, from 1988 to 1990, the life of a landscaper was still not the life-long goal to be had. He joined the United States Air Force in September 1990 and flew off to San Antonio Texas for Basic Military Training.

The military life was now somewhere that he felt at home. For once, discipline was sought and found in the Air Force. William moved around with the Air Force seeing the world. In November 1990, after graduating from Basic, he moved to Sheppard AFB, Witchita Falls, Texas, until February, 1991 for Technical Training. In February 1991, permanent change of station to Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California. During a 3-1/2 year tour, he went temporary duty (TDY) to places like, Diego Garcia, July to November, 1991; Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan, December 1991; a brief stay back at Castle to improve on skills as a Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Specialist. In December 1992, he went to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for his first tour in "the Desert". This was at the end of the Persian Gulf war and he was witness to planes leaving the runway on their way to Baghdad, Iraq, for several bombing missions. This was an exciting time to say the least --- also a frightening one. After 102 days of duty in Saudi, he returned home to California in April 1993 where he endured more upgrade training in his field and became a 5 level Technician in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. In October 1993, he returned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he worked in Eskan Village, the living quarters area for more than 20,000 US Air Force and Army personnel.

On January 31, 1994, William returned home from Saudi a seasoned veteran of "Desert Storm/Shield" and remained in California until June 1994. In June 1994, he received orders for Osan AB, South Korea, this was his home for 1 year. While in Korea, the North Koreans were in conflict with the US over nuclear arms and inspection of facilities that housed such weapons. Another trying time in military history, the North Koreans would not allow inspection of their facilities and the US was on the defensive. During this time, an Army helicopter crashed landed north of the DMZ and the occupants were all taken hostage. Former President Jimmy Carter came to Korea for the negotiations. After approximately three weeks, the hostages were released. Let me say that the tension felt throughout Korea at this point was very intense.Will and Bear Bryant - January 1981

On June 24, 1995, William boarded the "Freedom Bird" and departed Korea for his new home at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery Alabama. He spent the next three weeks in Daphne Alabama on well-needed leave with his family and friends. In July 1995, he reported to Maxwell AFB to start his new job. He worked as a HVAC/R technician in Zone 1 until 1998 when he became to new "guru" of the Energy Management Control Systems (EMCS) shop. In this shop, he was able to learn the vast skills of an EMCS operator and programmer. Working with computers was the calling he was looking for in life. He took charge of the operations, monitoring, programming and upkeep of over $250K of equipment while also improving the base's $13 million energy bill.

After attending a series of schools to include, University of Montevallo, 1987-88; Faulkner State Jr College, Fairhope AL, 1988-89; University of Maryland, Osan AB, Korea, 1994-95; Community College of the Air Force, 1990-1996, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Mechanical and Electrical Technology; Central Texas College, 1995, Osan AB, Korea; finally, Troy State University, Montgomery Alabama, 1997 - June 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems (CIS).

In August 2001, after graduating from Troy State University in Montgomery, he was hand picked by his Squadron Commander to become the Base Utility Manager. In this new role, he is in charge of billing and certification of Maxwell AFB/Gunter Annex' Utility Management program. This program consists of approx. $13.6M consumed annually by base customers in Electrical Power, Natural Gas, and Potable Water. Hoping to improve the way billing is handled, his new venture will prove to be a worthy challenge and an overall beneficial experience.

Geo. W Bush and Will - January 2004
A series of hobbies ensued over his life from collecting baseball cards as a youngster of which he has a collection of more than 30,000 to learning web design and basic programming in his early to late 20's. This web was created from information gathered by his late great uncle Dr. Adrian Irvine who spent most of his life writing about his family and gaining knowledge of the past. William received Adrian's notes around 1995 and the original purpose was to add all of the information into a common database in the World Family Tree. Soon after this project started, he researched the Internet and found out that more people than not, searched the web to find their roots, thus, the Irvine Clan web site was created. The Irvine Clan site has been in existence since 1998 and receives email from inquisitive relatives or other genealogy researchers world-wide.

On August 23, 2003, William married Courtenay Michelle Frew of Atlanta, GA. Courtenay is the daughter of Charles and Reta Frew of Atlanta, GA. The couple was married in Atlanta at Eastminster Presbyterian Church with the reception to follow at The Pavilion in Buckhead.

We divorced on 18 March 2008 in Biloxi, MS.

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  • Graduate of Christ the King School, Daphne, AL 1983
  • Graduate of Fairhope High School, Fairhope, AL 1987
  • Attended U of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL 1987-88
  • Attended Wm. H. Faulkner St Jr. College, Fairhope, AL 1988-89
  • Joined United States Air Force Sept 19, 1990
    • Air Force Bases:
      • Lackland AFB, San Antonio Texas, Sept 1990 - Nov 1990
      • Sheppard AFB, Witchita Falls, Texas, Nov 1990 - Feb 1991
      • Castle AFB, Merced, California, Feb 1991 - June 1994
      • Osan AB, South Korea, June 1994 - June 1995
      • Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Montgomery Alabama, June 1995 - Nov 2002
      • Keesler AFB, Biloxi Mississippi, Nov 2002 - Present
    • Temporary Duty Locations:
      • Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean, July 1991 - Nov 1991
      • Kadena AB, Okinawa Japan, Dec 1991 - Jan 1992
      • King Abdul Al Aziz AB, Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dec 1992 - Apr 1993
      • Riyadh AB, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oct 1993 - Jan 1994
    • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & / Refrigeration Technician 1991
      • Universal Certification with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1993
    • Energy Management Controls Systems Technician (EMCS) 1998 - 2002
      • System Administrator / Technician
      • Programmer / Operator of Direct Digital Controls (DDC)
    • Communication-Computer Systems Operator (2004 - Present)
      • NCOIC, Network Control Center Helpdesk
      • NCOIC, Information Technology Management
  • Major Awards and Decorations
    • Air Force Commendation Medal with two bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC)
    • Air Force Achievement Medal with one bronze OLC
    • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one Silver and three Bronze OLC
    • Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one silver OLC
    • Air Force Longevity Medal with two OLC
    • National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star
    • Korean Defense Service Medal
    • Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Campaign Stars
    • Humanitarian Service Medal with one OLC (Hurricane Opal 1995, Hurricane Katrina 2005)
    • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
    • Overseas Short Tour Medal (Korea)
    • Professional Military Education Award with one OLC
    • Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kuwait
    • Small Arms Expert Marksman (rifle)
    • Air Force Basic Military Training
  • Effective Dates of Promotion
    • Airman - 05 November 1990
    • Airman First Class - 01 September 1991
    • Senior Airman - 30 October 1993
    • Staff Sergeant - 01 September 1999
    • Technical Sergeant - 01 December 2004
  • Graduate of Community College of the Air Force
    • A.A. Degree in Mechanical & Electrical Technology 1996
    • A.A. Degree in Computer Systems Technology 2005
  • Attended U of Maryland (Asian Div) 1994-1995
  • Attended Central Texas College (Asian Div) 1994-1995
  • Graduate of Troy State University in Montgomery, AL 1997-2001
    • BS Degree in Business Administration w/ CIS Concentration 2001
    • Dean's Honor List (x5)
    • Accumulative GPA, 3.467
  • Notable Notes/Meetings with Famous people
    • Met, Shook hands and had photo Op with POTUS G. W. Bush, Jan. 15, 2004
    • Shook hands with the President of the United States, George W. Bush, Oct. 24, 2002
      • Was invited to Auburn AL by Joe Ellis, Lead Advance team for the President
      • Joe was my brother, Sam's, roommate in college
      • We received VIP treatment to include, front row escort, 30 yards from the podium
      • The highlight was shaking hands with Pres. Bush, Cong. Bob Riley, Cong. Mike Rogers, and Senator Jeff Sessions
    • Shook hands with the late/great Paul "Bear" Bryant, Cotton Bowl, Dallas TX, 1981
      • Road in the elevator with him and took a very memorable picture which is hanging on my wall today. Click here
    • Shook hands with Charles Barkley, Boys and Girls Club of Mobile AL, 1998
      • Saw Charles again at the Buckhead Ritz Carlton, Atlanta GA, 2002 during Jared and Heather's wedding weekend.
    • Went to Fairhope High School with Leon Lett, Dallas Cowboys NFL player
    • Went to U of Montevallo with Rusty Greer, Texas Rangers, 1987-1988
      • Used to take sports photos for the U of M photo lab. They called me "GUS."
      • Spoke to Rusty again in 1996 at a Rangers game in Arlington, TX. He signed a ball for me. He went 4 for 5 with a Grand Slam and a Solo Homer that night.
    • Spent a memorable afternoon with Andruw Jones, Atlanta Braves center fielder, 1999

Issue :-

Nathaniel Charles Irvine, b. January 10, 2006, Atlanta, GA;