major deep-water ports for the East
Coast, and they needed the ship
out of the way.
My last deployment was to Bahrain during the winter of 2014,
through the spring of 2015. I’m
about to leave in the beginning of
March on another one. It’s kind of
a big deal. Typically, for a combat
cameraman right now, you end up
being home for six months and
deployed for six months. We have
a very high ops tempo.
I’m going over to Bahrain, forward deployed. We’ll branch out to
countries all over the AOR there.
One of my kids is a year and a half
old, and I’ve already been gone six
months of his life and I’m about to
leave again. That’s the worst part. It’s
very hard on me, because I’m a very
family oriented man. Everything I
do, the reason why I remain in the
Navy, is because it allows for me to
provide for my wife and two chil-
dren. There’s no other reason, other
than I’m a proud American and I
love serving my country.
But it’s really hard on them. It
takes a strong woman to raise two
wild-eyed little boys on her own
while I’m out doing my thing. I’d
never thought of it until I had children, but now I realize I sacrifice a
lot. It’s difficult, but doable. And
the rewards definitely outweigh
the cost. We have a good life
because of the military.
Two [other] important things are
who got you to where you’re going,
and whom you’re giving back to.
That’s a big part of being in the mil-
itary — we have to be a brother-
hood. My two biggest mentors, the
guys I look up to and don’t want to
let down, and who taught me how
to be a Navy diver and underwater
photographer, are Chiefs Pastoric
and Tuck. When I make chief, I
want to be that kind of chief.
And then, on the other side of
that, I’m the kind of guy who’s
always going to be about my junior
Sailors. I’m always going to take care
of them. My first priority is to make
their lives more enjoyable, and make
them better men and women. I truly
believe in doing that.
I’m getting a bachelor’s degree in
criminal justice, with an emphasis
on maritime law, from American
Military University. I guess when I
get out of the military, I’ll open my
own business. I want to do landscaping and be an outdoor handyman. I
want to work for myself, driving
around in my F-150 with a trailer
behind it and tools, taking
care of people’s homes.