He served four years in the United State Marine Corps, before graduating with honors from the University of Maryland. Subsequently, he had a 25 year career in the FBI with assignments in Louisville, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Kansas City. Throughout his FBI career he primarily worked Violent Crimes, Gangs/Drugs, and Terrorism. He served as an Agent, Supervisor, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, (Acting) Special Agent in Charge and Chief of the Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Section at FBIHQ. He served on the FBI’s Inspection Staff, and was a standing member of the FBI’s Shooting Review Board. In 2005 he served a tour as the On Scene Commander for all FBI resources in Afghanistan. He was a member and/or team leader on both the FBI’s Louisville and Los Angeles SWAT Teams, and Supervisor of the FBI’s Kansas City SWAT Team. He is an FBI certified instructor in Firearms, Defensive Tactics and Police Training, as well as a certified NRA Pistol Instructor, and certified by the KS Attorney General to teach the KS Concealed Carry Handgun Course.