My career began in 1984 at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
I was then assigned to the Presidential Salute Gun Battery, 3rd U.S. Infantry, (The Old Guard), at Fort Myer, Virginia.
After four years of military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as state ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, and other locations, I left the active duty to join the National Guard and attend college.
After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from James Madison University, I went back on active duty, serving full time on the Counterdrug Taskforce, while still performing my duties as a Mortar Section Leader in a light infantry company.
During this time, I became Air Assault qualified, as well as a Rappel Master. I also was the Honor Graduate of the Army's Infantry Mortar Leader's Course (IMLC). In 1996, I graduated Troy University with a Masters of Public Administration.
In the late 1990s, I attended the U.S. Army Inspector Generals Course at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. I then served four years as an inspector general on the staff of the commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division.
After serving as an IG, including as the assistant IG in Tuzla, Bosnia from September 2001 through April 2002, I returned to an infantry line company as a first sergeant in 2002.
I retired in May 2004 from the Army after 21 years of service.