They are part of what creates the foundation for the newest member of the KARK team, Chief Meteorologist Keith Monahan. He'll be the first to tell you the Academy was not all high five's and handshakes, but a process that evolves to this day.
"Possibly the worst experience of my life. But as I get older I understand why things were done the way they were, and why it was important," says Monahan.
His flight plan through the academy had him graduating with a degree in International Affairs and American Politics. By the time his service was up, Captain Monahan served as a Commanding Counterintelligence Officer and Commander of Investigative units. The work, was to say the least, unique.
"We did work we really can't talk about, that's all I can say." Monahan said with a wink and a smile.
It wasn't long after fulfilling his commitment to service that the
Wild Blue Yonder beckoned again. This time all of it, the entire
Troposphere would be his beat. After all, it's been his goal all along.
"I have always wanted to be a TV weatherman. I took a long route to get here, but it all came from a big storm when I was a kid on the East Cost. My family was flooded in Pennsylvania, since then I've always wanted to do this."
The winds of forecasting took him to TV stations in Cheyenne, Wyoming... Grand Rapids, Michigan... Sioux Falls, South Dakota and then Houston, Texas where he has worked for the past ten years, but it's not all about the job.
"For me family is everything, my job is to take care of them and our job is to take care of each other." he says.
Now in Little Rock Monahan is ready to hit the ground with a three point landing.
"Every place I've ever worked has challenges that are unique to that
area. I was in the Rockies, there are challenges there. I was in Houston
there are challenges there. The rules are the same, I'll meet them head
on and you'll get the best forecast I can make."
Welcome to KARK and Little Rock Keith! You can catch him on the air weeknights during KARK 4 News at 5, 6 & 10.