Sr. Vice Commander - Navy
I entered the United States Navy's "Delayed Entry Program" in the summer of 2001. Upon graduation, and after some "hiccups" I arrived at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL. By the end of the summer in 2002, I completed "A-School" in sunny Pensacola, FL and "C-School" at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.. I had the unexpected privilege of being forward deployed and serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Upon completing my initial active duty service commitment, I pursued my undergraduate degree at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. During my undergraduate studies, I was convinced that the U.S. Army was seeking expertise that I earned/collected in the U.S. Navy. I willingly accepted and completed the U.S. Army's "Warrior Transition Course:, that began at Fort Sill, OK (a post I returned to later) and ended at White Sands Missile Range, NM. From 2006-2012, I completed another deployment to Iraq, earned my bachelor's degree from Shippensburg University, moved to Washington D.C., and earned subsequent degrees and professional certificates from Georgetown University and American University.