LVA Graduate 2003
I graduated from LVA in 2003 and entered the United States Marine Corps boot camp a month later. I spent my first three years on active duty in Okinawa, Japan as an Engineer Equipment Operator. I deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005 for Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq. In 2006 I deployed to Al Taqadum, Iraq where I supported route repair and forward base installations. In 2007 I changed duty stations to Camp Lejeune, NC and from there deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008. In 2009 I deployed to Afghanistan where we set up and established Camp Leatherneck. I was wounded in action on September 17, 2009 and medically separated in 2012.
I began my college journey in 2012 as a music education major. After two years of study I decided to move closer to my family in Erie, PA. At that time I decided to change my college major to Information Technology, and I achieved my Associates Degree in 2018 and my Bachelors Degree in 2022. I have been working in the IT field for various companies since 2018.
I am married and have a two year old son. They are my world in every way.
LVA taught me to always strive for excellence in everything I do. I am forever seeking more knowledge and strive to be successful in all things.