Master Chief joined the Nebraska Army National Guard (ARNG), as an infantryman, in 1992. While in the ARNG he served with the 35th Infantry Division, while attending Wayne State College. In 1996 he enlisted in the Navy to pursue a fulltime military career. Following recruit training he began training to become an Aegis Fire Controlman.
In December 1997 he reported to his first command, PCU DONALD COOK (DDG-75) as a member of the commissioning crew. While aboard, he served as a work center supervisor and CF division LPO.
Following his time aboard DDG-75 he transferred to Naval Recruiting District Omaha in May 2002. While there, he was the Recruiter In Charge of Naval Recruiting Station Cedar Rapids. During this tour he was selected as leads Recruiter of the Year.
Returning to sea duty in February 2006 he checked into USS BULKELEY (DDG-84). That same year saw him advanced to Chief Petty Officer and assume the role as the CF Division Leading Chief. He also led the VBSS team as their LCPO during a successful Horn of Africa deployment. Highlighting the successful cruise in 2006, the ship earned the Battle “E” award.
Next, he was selected for orders to a follow on sea billet onboard USS FARRAGUT (DDG-99). He advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer in route and reported in Sep. 2008. Onboard, his leadership roles included Operations and Combat Systems departmental LCPO, Section Leader, and Tactical Actions Officer. He supported the command triad by filling in for the CMC when needed.
For his next tour he transferred to the Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet staff in December 2011. He reported onboard as the first enlisted staff member in the N341 BMD shop. The following year he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer and designated as the Staff Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL). He maintained the SEL position on the Admiral’s staff for the remainder of his time there.
His first Command Master Chief billet was with the Mighty Shrikes of VFA-94 in Lemoore California. With the Shrikes he finished an overseas deployment and saw the squadron achieve every award pinnacle achievable. He is honored to have earned the right to wear the Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist insignia.
Next he became the CMC of the US Navy Ceremonial Guard. There he led 220 first term Sailors on missions including a presidential inauguration, Medal of Honor ceremonies, and all Navy funerals conducted at Arlington National Cemetery. He transferred to Commander Fleet Activities Okinawa in November 2018.
Graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 185 Brown) in 2015 and the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course in 2013.
Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.