Where did you serve and what did you do?
I entered the Navy in 1980 and graduated from Navy Officer Candidate School in 1981. I served in the Navy as an active duty Supply Corps Officer from 1980 through 1985, and a Navy Reserve Supply Corps Officer from 1985 until my retirement from the Naval Service in 2011.
During my career, I rose through the officer ranks attaining the rank of Captain in 2001. During my initial active duty period (1980-1985) I participated in Operations in the Middle East, Lebanon peacekeeping, the invasion of Grenada, and Cold War defense missions.
During my reserve period (1985-2011), the Navy activated me on numerous occasions for key operations and military missions. I served in nine named conflicts, held three major commands, and performed a variety of key operational and logistics assignments during my Navy career. I received eighteen major awards and medals during my military career.
I retired from the Navy in April 2011 after completing over 30 years of military service.
How are you #StillServing?
I am the treasurer for the Patriot Foundation. The Patriot Foundation is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit committed to providing financial assistance and college scholarships to spouses and children of servicemen and women who have been killed, wounded, injured or ill in service to our nation. The Foundation has primarily benefitted soldiers and other service members with over $7,100,000 in scholarships since its establishment in 2003. I have been the treasurer for the Patriot Foundation since 2017. This is a volunteer position and I receive no monetary compensation
Why do you do it?
I wanted to assist Gold Star families, and the families of veterans and active duty service members who have been wounded, injured, or become ill in service to our nation. It is my honor to serve these families