He was Sgt. First Class of the Alpha Company, Fifth Battalion, Special Warfare Training Group in the U. S. Army. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan where he received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, a Combat Action Badge, Master Parachute Badge, and Jump Master of the Year in 2008. He was airborne and jump master qualified, master driver trainer, and qualified instructor.
He loved spending time with his family, especially his three children, as well as deer hunting, wakeboarding, and football.