Officer, United States Navy
I graduated from Longwood College in 2002 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Anthropology. Since then I chose the military as a career path, knowing an undergraduate degree is valued and necessary to become an officer. From 2005-2008, I served as an Electrician’s Mate aboard USS ROBERT G. BRADLEY (FFG 49) homeported in Mayport, FL. During this time, we completed a deployment to the Eastern Pacific in support of Counter-Narcotic Operations, and a Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise in the Baltic Sea.
From 2008-2011, I completed two back-to-back sea tours as a Main Propulsion Officer and AEGIS Fire Control Officer aboard USS VICKSBURG (CG 69) and USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG 79). Throughout this time, we deployed to the North Arabian Sea, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Horn of Africa. As Surface Warfare Officers, we are often called upon to lead in incredibly diverse roles, from engineering to combat systems and operations. Often, we work side by side with people of equally diverse cultural backgrounds and experience.
I currently teach navigation and naval operations at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, Norwich University in Vermont where I reside with my wife, Wendy and our dog Dixie. I am enrolled in Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, pursuing a Master of the Arts in Military History.
The undergraduate education I received through the Anthropology Department certainly paid off, allowing me to pursue a viable career. Giving back by teaching is my way of honoring those who taught me.