An honors graduate of Western Connecticut State University, he received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1985. A career Surface Warfare Officer, he made several deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf. His at-sea assignments include: USS AFFRAY (MSO-511); USS COONTZ (DDG-40); USS HORNE (CG-30); USS MERRILL (DD-976); and Fleet Marine Force 3rd ANGLICO. His ashore assignments include: command of NR 3rd ANGLICO; and command of NR COMPHIBGRU3 119. His combat tours include Operations DESERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM and FREEDOM’S SENTINEL.