I’m originally from Texas. After high school, I enlisted in the Air Force as an Aircraft Avionics Guidance and Control Specialist. After basic training, I reported to Keesler AFB, Mississippi to learn my job. After eight months of tech school, I reported to my first assignment at Dyess AFB, Texas working on C-130H aircraft in the 463d TAW, 773 ALS. Later the 463d was inactiviate and the 7 Wing and the 40th Airlift Squadron stood up. While at Dyess, I participated in OPERATION DESERT STORM, SOUTHERN WATCH and FLOWING PEN.
In 1996, I was reassigned to Robins AFB, Georgia to stand up the new 93rd ACW and the E-8C JSTARS. While at Robins, I deployed to support the first use of JSTARS in a Red Flag exercise and OPERATION DESERT FOCUS.
I left the Air Force in 1999 and returned to Texas to work at Bell Helicopter’s Military Aircraft Assembly Center as a Flightline Electrician on the MV-22B Osprey. During my time as a flight electrician, I delivered nine Low Rate Initial Production, two Engineering Manufacturing and Design-Return to Flight prototypes, 12 Block A MV-22 and the only Additional Test Asset (ATA) CV-22B to the Air Force. Currently, I work in Reliability Engineering on the H-1 Upgrades Program (UH-1Y/AH-1Z).