It’s my pleasure to join the team at SOFREP as a contributing editor. My aim is to bring my personal perspective and experiences to this platform, and I’m looking forward to exchanging opinions and learning your insights as an audience. So with that, allow me to introduce myself.
I spent approximately five years in the Marine Corps. I enlisted in the infantry but spent the majority of my time with the Presidential Security Force Detachment where my unit was charged with protecting the presidential retreat at Camp David and the White House Communications Agency. Soon after, I was selected to train the Marines in preparation for assignment at these same duty locations. This afforded me the opportunity to attend several cool training courses including electronic security and intrusion system school.
Upon graduating from this school, I developed, installed, and maintained the security system for the commandant of the Marine Corps. I spent several months trying to breach my own security measures and became a seasoned burglar before I knew it. Next, I was assigned to the Pentagon and attached to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Marine Corps public affairs representative. Working at the Pentagon was a unique experience and allowed me to meet celebrities, dignitaries, and other luminaries.
I ended up scoring two congressional internships on Capitol Hill with Congressmen Joe Scarborough and Dan Burton, who chaired the Government Reform Committee. I basically worked part time at the Pentagon and part time as a congressional intern (not sure of the legality of this). The remainder of my time in the Marines was spent in a combat-oriented element where I got my foot in the door of the Central Intelligence Agency.
My time in the CIA spanned over 10 years, during which I traveled abroad about 90 percent of that tenure. It was a blast that took me across five continents working with the finest of the special operations community. Although I have to tread lightly, some of my writing will be based on these experiences without giving away any institutional secrets.