ON MARCH 13, 2019 THE ARDENT WRITER PRESS published Journeys of Huntsville: Celebrating the Bicentennial of Alabama and the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing, the anthology of articles, short stories and poems from local writers, poets and organizations. Local area organizations contributing to the anthology include the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, the Historic Huntsville Foundation, the Huntsville Museum of Art, and Old Huntsville Magazine. The articles include one about the last survivor, Dorette Schlidt, of the German rocket team headed by Wernher von Braun during WWII. Ms. Schlidt was von Braun’s personal secretary from 1941-1944 on Peenemünde on the Baltic coast of Germany.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.