My military service began when I enlisted the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in January 2001 as an infantryman. In March 2003, I deployed to Kosovo for 8 months in support of Operation Joint Guardian. Two years later, I was mobilized to Louisiana to provide humanitarian relief following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was during this time I decided to begin a transition from the Army National Guard to active-duty Army, which was completed in the fall of 2006.
In November 2006, I reported to Fort Campbell, KY, where I was assigned to B. Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team (Rakkasans), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The next 11 months were spent training for an upcoming deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. My brigade deployed to Iraq in October 2007, where we conducted combat operations for the next 15 months.
Upon returning home from deployment, I tried out for a position in our Battalion Scout Platoon. After being selected from these tryouts, I was assigned as an assistant squad leader in a reconnaissance squad. Over the next year, our platoon trained in reconnaissance tactics, techniques, and procedures for our upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
In February 2010, the Rakkasans once again deployed, this time to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Over the next year, the Scout Platoon and I were utilized as a battalion asset, which means we worked directly for our Battalion Commander and filled various mission roles in support of each line company. We returned from our deployment in February 2011 and began training for the next one. Over the next year, I helped train the new Scout Platoon. In March 2012, I ended my time in service as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army.
Army Reserve Service
Enlisted in Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Operation Joint Guardian Kosovo (8 months)
Humanitarian relief following Hurricane Katrina
Army Active-Duty Service
Assigned to 101st Airborne Division
Operation Iraqi Freedom (15 months)
Operation Enduring Freedom (12 months)
End time of service
My SURVICE career began in October 2020. I was hired to fill a position as a Terminal Ballistics Research Engineer, where I study characteristics and behaviors of small-, medium-, and large-caliber penetrators. These studies are conducted through target reduction, slow motion videography, and radiographic imaging.