I was raised in a USAF family, being born at Edwards AFB, and living on various bases around the country. My parents were fairly religious, so I attended Catholic school, taught by nuns, and went to a lot of church. This got even better when my Dad was born again, and I got to attend all that church too. I was a scout from a young age, and grew up with a love and respect for the wilderness. Joining the military in an outdoors profession was a question of when, not if. I joined at 17 while still in high school.
I started my military life as a Sailor in July 1984 at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. Upon graduation, I attended Hospital Corpsman “A” school. I subsequently underwent Field Medical Service School at Camp Johnson NC, and was assigned to NAVHOSP Beaufort SC. After 18 months, I requested to terminate shore duty, and received orders to the 1st Marine Amphibious Brigade at MCAS KBAY. I reported to 3rd Marine Regiment in March 1986, and was briefly assigned to 3rd AAVs Det A for a deployment to CAX in 29 Palms, and was then ordered to A Co, 1/3. I completed 2 deployments with that unit, one as a Plt Corpsman, and one as the Senior Corpsman. During this time, I was active in the Kaneohe Boxing Club, surfing, and diving.
I then took Indoc at A Co 3rd Recon Bn, and was accepted. I spent the next 2 years as a Plt Corpsman, and then the Senior Corpsman. I participated in OJT training, and attended SCUBA school at Pearl Harbor, and SOT school at NAB Coronado.
I was assigned to 1st Force Recon Co in March 1990. After a few months in H&S, I was assigned to 6th Plt, and was deployed to Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. I received the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy Achievement with Valor during that tour. After this deployment, I stayed with my platoon, and underwent individual, unit and MEU(SOC) training, and deployed on WestPac. During this time, I met and married an Oceanside native, and started a family.
I was assigned to EODMU-3 in April 1993, and was attached to Det 81, MK7 Marine Mammal Systems. I served there as a trainer, marine mammal veterinary technician, and diving supervisor. I am on record for being the busiest dive sup in the Navy in 1995. I also stood the West Coast Bends Watch as a Diving Medical Technician, and conducted several treatments every year. I had 2 beautiful daughters during this tour. I then received orders to Independent Duty Corpsman school at NAVHOSP Balboa.
Upon graduating IDC school, I received orders to Naval Support Facility Thurmont, AKA Camp David. I served there as the Medical Department Head (one of 2 enlisted DHs), where I owned and operated my own clinic. I provided primary and acute care services to a patient population of over 400, provided medical training, and was the Emergency Services Officer. I also directly supported the Commander in Chief and First Family, as well as the White House Medical Office. During this tour, I had a son, and was active in the Frederick Scottish Pipes and Drums.
In 2000, I was assigned to Naval Diving Salvage Training Center as a high-risk instructor at Marine Combatant Diver, EOD Diver, and Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman courses. I also assisted with the Underwater Construction Diver, Army 2C, and Diving Medical Officer courses. I attained my Master Training Specialist, medical SME for curriculum review, and was awarded an Army Commendation medal for my contributions to Army diving. I was also the Equal Opportunity Officer for the command. I continued raising my family, and was the Pipe Major for the Panama City Pipes and Drums.
My final duty station was MARCORSYSCOM, Raids and Recon Test Branch in May 2003. My primary duties included test jumping and experimental diving, being a MFFJM and Dive Sup, and testing boats and subsurface equipment like the Diver Propulsion Device, and Combat Diver Display Mask. I performed several hundred freefall jumps and unsupervised dives in support of acquisition and fielding. I provided primary and acute care to my immediate crew, and ran the HMX-1 Medical Dept when their Flight Surgeons were deployed. During this tour, I completed a BS in Health Care Mgt, and a MS in Emergency and Disaster Management.
I retired in 2006, and was hired while still on Terminal Leave as a contractor supporting the Asymmetric Warfare Division at NSWC Dahlgren VA. When I unfortunately became a single custodial father of 3, I was hired by the DoD as a federal employee. I oversee a global enterprise that I implemented, of 911, Dispatch and 1st Response onboard every Navy base on the planet. I am active in local veterans’ groups, and have advocated for greater awareness through local government. I have also placed veterans and their children with employers and internships.
I attribute my time in the Recon community for much of my own contributions, or any success I’ve attained. I value that team, and want to give back. I hope to help the MRF through my experience, connections and work ethic. I am an experienced athletic director, and have good local connections which I’d like to utilize for fundraising events. I share the values and mission of the MRF, I have the support of my family and friends, and am ready to go to work.