Active duty Navy from 1991 to 1993 with one deployment in support of Desert Storm with the USS Lincoln battlegroup and toto New Orleans.

Deployed with Oregon guard unit 1-162 for Katrina relief and security.

Was awarded Joint Meritorious Unit Award for response to Mt Pinatubo eruption serving as master helmsman for the USS Lake Champlain.

Received a Letter of Commendation for fire party response to shipboard fire while in dry dock.

Navy reserves from 1999 to 2005 before transferring to Army National Guard until 2007.

Was awarded Army Achievement Medal for organizing and performing in the Red Bull Flug Tag contest in Portland.