Proudly starting my first year as the Senior Naval Science Instructor for Navy JROTC at Clements High School. I was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy January 1988 from the University of San Diego Naval ROTC program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and was designated a Naval Flight Officer December 1989. I also earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies at the Air War College.
My operational duties involved flying in the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft and serving aboard Aircraft Carriers. Assignments included Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons ONE TWENTY THREE (VAW-123), and ONE SEVENTEEN (VAW-117), Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7), Air Operations Officer USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and Operations and Plans Officer (N3) for Commander Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN. I was combat deployed around the world for Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, DECISIVE ENDEAVOR, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and North Korea deterrence operations.
My command tours include Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) at NAS Pensacola from 2006-2007 flying the T-1, T-6, and T-39 aircraft. From July 2011 to July 2014 I commanded Fleet Coordinating Group in Yokosuka, Japan leading naval liaison detachments for Commander, Pacific Fleet and Commander SEVENTH Fleet. My final command assignment was Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit (NROTCU) Houston Consortium from July 2014 until December 2017.
Teaching and instructor assignments include; flight instructor at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWENTY (VAW-120), Officer-In-Charge of the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit Pacific (WTUPAC), Military Professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the Naval War College, and Professor of Naval Science at Rice University and Prairie View A&M University.
I retired from the Navy as a Captain January 2018, having flown over 3500 hours in 5 variants of E-2C and jet aircraft with 500 aircraft carrier arrested landings. My military awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (eight awards, four with Combat V), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. My wife is a substitute teacher with Katy ISD, and we have two daughters.