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Born in Manhattan, New York and raised in Carmel, NY. After graduating from the State University of New York, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on August 5, 1988, designated a Naval Aviator on May 31st, 1991 and subsequently designated a CH-53E Helicopter pilot, December, 1991.
From June 1991 to May 1999, he served as a Squadron Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer in multiple Heavy Lift Helicopter Squadrons assigned to Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, CA and Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. He participated in two Unit Deployments to Okinawa, Japan and a Landing Force 6th Fleet Deployment to the Mediterranean and served in combat support operations in the Kosovo area of operations.
From June of 1999 to July of 2009, he served in multiple upper level staff tours with HQMC, Combat Development, Quantico, VA and Marine Aviation Training Support Group-21, NAS Pensacola, FL. He served as Marine Aircraft and Anti-Air Weapons & Control Systems Requirements Branch Head and as the CH-53K Helicopter Requirements Officer where he led the effort to secure the Department of Defense CH-53K Program of Record, a $24B aircraft service life program. He served as the MATSG-21 as Group Executive Officer from 2005 until he retired from active duty on February 1st, 2010.
From 2010 through 2011, he served as Director of Operations and Community Liaison for the Center for Strategic Military Excellence, Pensacola, FL and provided leadership and programmatic development designed to address gaps in veteran services provided by the Veterans Administration. From 2012 to the present, he continues to serve the community as a Partner of DigiPro Media LLC developing digital networks that serve small business and as a Board Member of America’s Heroes Enjoying Recreation Outdoors (AHERO: www.aherousa.com) advocating for quality of life enhancement for veterans.
Professional affiliations include:
· Member, A HERO Board of Directors.
· Member, Veterans Memorial Park Pensacola Foundation, Board of Directors
· Owner, Gulf Coast Original Music Productions
· Partner, DigiPro Media LLC
He has three sons; Kyler Daniel (26), Maxx Pierce (21), Garrett Miles (20) and his sweetheart, Kitt Lough.