The quick overview of my journey begins with flight training in December of 1991; I completed primary flight training and selected jets. I went to advanced training and discovered I liked the FAA 18 Hornet. Once I was trained to fly the FA-18 as a weapons system, my first operational tour was in Atsugi, Japan. Then I went to Iraq in 1996.
I became an FA 18 instructor pilot at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA, and Miramar, California. I was accepted to the Blue Angels and flew with the team for three years as the #7, #6, and then the #5 solo pilot.
After I returned to the fleet, I went to Iraq for shock and awe in 2003 in 2005 while stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. We moved to Colorado, where I was the Aide de Camp to the United States Northern Command, a four-star Admiral, and subsequently, United States Pacific Command.
Once I completed that assignment, I was selected to command an FA 18 squadron in 2008. I had two combat tours as the commanding officer of that fighter squadron, with two tours in Afghanistan in 2009 in 2010.
I ran the Navy’s F35 program at the Pentagon in 2011 and was selected as the Navy’s first stealth fighter squadron commanding officer, which I led for two years.
I retired in 2013 and currently fly for the Patriots jet team. I also flew the number 5 jet, was a stunt pilot in Top Gun Maverick, and was the aviation safety supervisor in Mission Impossible 8.