Al was born in Hawaii where he joined the U.S. Navy in 1972 during the last part of the Vietnam War.
He was stationed in El Centro, San Diego, and San Jose, as well as Barbers Point, Hawaii. His last few years on active duty were spent in support of the first Gulf War before retiring with his family to Onalaska in 1992.
Al has one son who is currently serving in the U.S. Army and another son who served in the United States Air Force, but sadly lost his life while on active duty. Al also has a grandson who is currently serving on active duty in the Air Force.