EaGLE 2 Cohort
Kelsey Backus is an attorney in the International Affairs division of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) for the Department of Defense (DoD) where she communicates across language barriers and cultural differences to negotiate international agreements and ensure legal sufficiency of cooperative research and development programs.
Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Kelsey grew up on a popcorn farm in rural South Dakota before pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from South Dakota State University, then her law degree from the Nebraska College of Law. It was in law school where her interest in foreign policy and national security was invited to flourish through an internship with DoD OGC, primarily exploring the field of Cooperative Threat Reduction. After graduating from law school, Kelsey was a judicial law clerk with the Honorable Lawrence L. Piersol in the Federal District Court for the District of South Dakota.
When Kelsey is not in the office, you’ll most likely find her on a volleyball court, exploring a new hiking trail, or curled up under a blanket with her nose in a book.
Recognized for her strong work ethic and leadership abilities, Rachel Baker is an accomplished consulting professional with a Master’s degree in Latin American Affairs from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Miami University. With expertise in public sector healthcare reform and international consulting, she is currently working as a Management Analyst to support the implementation of health programming and improvements to the Military Health System globally through the Department of Defense and Defense Health Agency.
During her career, Rachel has focused on supporting initiatives to expand access to healthcare systems to serve vulnerable populations. She is also passionate about the intersectionality of women’s health initiatives and reproductive justice, and the significance of inter-regional cooperation to resolve challenges to public health & economic sustainability.
In addition to her work with the Department of Defense, Rachel was a Quinn Fellow at the Elliott School of International Affairs, worked as a pro-bono consultant for a foreign ministry, and served as an executive board member of LATAM@GW. She was also an Ohio Public Leader Fellow, a member of the United States Institute of Peace Mentorship program and was selected to participate in the Deloitte Women's Leadership Launch program.
Originally from Minnesota, Rachel competed as a NCAA Division I athlete with the women’s swimming and diving program at Miami University. She loves searching for the best cafes and coffee shops in DC as well as exploring the local trails and hiking in the national parks.
Bryce Barros is the China Affairs Analyst at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. He previously served as an analyst at Kharon researching sanctioned actors and related commercial activities tied WMD proliferation, strategic trade controls, supply chains, and human rights abuses in the Indo-Pacific. Prior to that, he interned at the Long Term Strategy Group researching Sino-American Strategic Competition and the China Britain Business Council researching Chinese market entry for UK and EU companies. He is a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations member, Truman National Security Project Fellow, Pacific Forum Young Leader, Aspen Security Forum Scholar, and a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellow & Scholar.
He holds a BA in Political Science from Norwich University, a MA in International Affairs from Texas A&M University, and is an honorary graduate of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Military Academy. Bryce speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and spent nearly two decades specializing in the Indo-Pacific region.
Christine is a consultant in Deloitte's Government and Public Sector practice who specializes in foreign policy analysis and counter threat finance research for national security clients. Prior to joining the private sector, Christine briefed executive-level government leadership as a staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida's Political Science program and currently a graduate student at Georgetown University.
Jack Boger is the co-founder and CEO of Barracks Beds, a company focused on improving sleep and wellness for military servicemembers. Previously, he worked in business development at Shift, a San Francisco veteran hiring startup, and as an entrepreneur in residence at Atomic, a venture capital firm. Before his private sector experience, Boger served as a captain in the Marine Corps. He deployed to Australia as a rifle platoon commander and to East Asia as an intelligence officer focused on North Korean contingency operations. He also worked on interagency underground warfare and innovation projects.
Boger earned a AB in history and security studies from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite entrepreneurship program and the American University of Kosovo. He is a member of the Atlantic Council Veterans Advanced Energy Project, a Clean Energy Leadership Institute fellow, and a writer whose work has been published in the Marine Corps Gazette and The New York Times.
Major Matthew Cook is an Air Force acquisition officer serving as the Program Element Monitor for the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS), a clearinghouse for intelligence synthesis. In this role he provides oversight for the seven billion dollar portfolio under the Secretary of the Air Force and oversees Project Maven’s integration into the DCGS weapon system.
Previously, Matthew helped stand up the acquisition Weapons course named the Acquisition Instructor Course (AQIC) under the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. Major Cook also served as the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) Director’s military assistant. In that role, he helped the Director establish the JAIC, culminating in collaboration with Congress to develop acquisition authority legislation specific to artificial Intelligence and the DoD. Previously, Major Cook served as an intelligence officer and a targeting officer in the Middle East in the war against ISIS, resulting in recognition as the 25th Air Force Deployed Officer of the Year and winning the 480th ISR Wing Sijan award for leadership.
Matthew graduated from the Air Force Academy and holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Tufts University. Matthew will depart the Pentagon for Air Command and Staff College in July 2021.
Simon Handler is the assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this role, he manages a wide range of projects at the nexus of geopolitics and international security with cyberspace. He leads the team’s work on non-state actors, mission resilience, defense aerospace, cloud computing, and internet security and policy.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he served as a special assistant in the United States Senate, where he worked on foreign policy issues. During his time on the Hill, he was a congressional fellow with the Wilson Center’s Congressional Cybersecurity Lab and Congressional Artificial Intelligence Lab, and completed the East-West Center’s Congressional Staff Program on Asia.
Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, he holds a BA in International Relations & Global Studies, with a concentration in International Security, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures from the University of Texas at Austin. He speaks Arabic and some Hebrew, and is a Certified Bourbon Steward.
Lauren Hansen-Armendariz is an Active Duty Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army and is passionate about connecting people and ideas to creatively solve complex problems. She commissioned in 2014 from Northern Illinois University’s ROTC program. Previously, she served as an Instructor and Course Director at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). While assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Lauren served as a Brigade Intelligence Advisor at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center in Ukraine and led the Intelligence Section (S2) of 1-26 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Lauren now serves as the Deputy Division Innovation Officer and strives to empower Soldiers to design creative solutions to tactical problems.
Michael is a proud native of Mason, Michigan and a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. After spending an impactful exchange semester at West Point, he decided to pursue a cross-commission as an Army Infantry officer. After more than seven years of Army service, a majority of which was spent leading soldiers both at home and overseas, Michael transitioned to civilian life. Living abroad for the majority of 2020, Michael worked for a small Cape Town-based consultancy firm and leadership development startup while they rapidly pivoted in response to COVID-19.
Recently returned to the United States, Michael works as an independent business consultant in Colorado and will pursue a Masters in Public Policy in the Fall 2021. His research interests include colonial legacies and LGBTQ rights in sub-Saharan Africa, geopolitics and border studies, and ethics.
Michael’s fondest memories from military service include Ranger School graduation, placing 8th at the 2017 US Army Best Ranger Competition with his teammate Ben, and building lasting relationships with the soldiers he was privileged to lead.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys art, music, theater, and trail running on Pikes Peak, and experiencing new places and people with his South African husband, Dehan.
Lauren Hickey is an active-duty Naval Intelligence Officer currently assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One. She served as the senior intelligence officer for multiple combat reconnaissance aircrews during five deployments to Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East in response to international crises and named military operations. Her previous assignments include the Officer of Naval Intelligence, U.S.Indo-Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center, and U.S. Embassy Manila. Lauren formerly served as the sole U.S. military member embedded in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a critical position for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Embassy Manila defense cooperation efforts with the Philippines.
Lauren graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 2015 and earned a B.S. with honors in Political Science and minor in Russian. As a midshipman, Lauren studied Polish at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and sailed on the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team. She completed her MBA at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management in 2020 over the course of three deployments in nine countries.
Josh Hochman is an incoming J.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Senior Associate at WestExec Advisors. He was previously a research assistant at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, a College Fellow at Yale’s Kerry Initiative, and a speechwriter to the CEO of the Atlantic Council. At WestExec, he focuses his research and analysis on U.S.-China relations, the role of alliances in U.S. foreign policy, and the intersection of emerging technology and national security.
Josh graduated from Yale College in 2018 with a B.A. in History, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected for the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and as one of two graduating seniors to lead the 2018 Class Day ceremony. He also served as President of the Yale College Democrats.
Josh grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Washington, DC. He is fluent in French.
Jaelin Lespier is a Research Analyst on the staff of the Defense Innovation Board (DIB). Her research for the DIB focuses on how emerging technologies, workforce and culture reform, and public-private partnerships can produce innovative polices and capabilities for the Department of Defense. Prior to her work with the DIB, Jaelin served as a research intern with the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).
Jaelin is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a focus in technology and national security policy. Her academic interests focus on the intersection of internet governance, social media, and national security, with a particular interest in how public-private partnerships can help mitigate the online spread of disinformation, misinformation, and violent extremist content. Jaelin earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs at the University of South Florida, where she also earned a minor in Economics and participated in the university's Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Program, sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering as an elementary-level language tutor and exploring local D.C. coffee shops in search of exceptional croissants.
Tyrell Junius is an International Research Analyst at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. In addition, he is an entrepreneur focused on solving inefficiencies for food policy and sustainability. He is the founder of Bantu Global Commodities (BGC), LLC, a Zambian based agribusiness start-up. Through his business, he leverages his Peace Corps experience in Zambia to provide vegetables and agriculture training for the African market. Besides his work at BGC, Junius has held various project manager positions at the United Nations World Food Programme, the Virtual Doctors in the United Kingdom, and the Avencion Group.
Junius earned a Master of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Management, Globis University and a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from Norfolk State University. He is a Virginia Master Gardener and is currently learning artificial intelligence skills.
Ross Luo recently graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley and commissioned from AFROTC Detachment 085. He is currently beginning his career as a cyber officer in the Air Force Reserves and a software engineer at Nvidia. In the future, he would like to leverage his background to contribute to the intersection of tech, defense, and China.
Ross has been fortunate enough to accrue a diverse set of technical experiences, working with autonomous vehicles, datacenter AI software and hardware, embedded edge AI, computer vision for satellite imagery, and machine learning backend services at an Air Force software factory.
During college, Ross was a AFROTC scholarship recipient, held various leadership positions in the cadet wing including wing commander, and was selected to study abroad in Shanghai through the Project Global Officer program. He recently took the DLPT and am professionally fluent in Mandarin.
In the time not taken up by his Reserve and software engineer jobs, Ross enjoys hiking, cooking, participating in hackathons, playing his saxophone, and keeping up with current world affairs.
Jose Machuca is a staff officer for United States Air Forces - Cyber, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. In this role, he directs adversary analysis efforts for enduring and contingency operations as conducted by United States Cyber Command. Prior to his current position, Jose commanded a 53-member cyber intelligence organization executing persistent surveillance and threat characterization for the Air Force’s Information Network. He has served as an Air Force officer in the European, Middle East, and Korean areas of operations, and has supported intelligence efforts for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE against the Islamic State.
Jose holds an MS in Global Security Studies from Angelo State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member for the Air Force’s Language Enabled Airman Program for Spanish. He wasn’t born in Texas, but he got there as soon as he could.
Angie Majestic currently works as an analyst in the International Operations Division for the Department of Justice. She moved to Washington, D.C. after earning a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2020. She earned a specialization in International Relations, as she is devoted to learning about foreign policy and government operations.
In the future, Angie would love to foucs her career on international diplomacy, as she wrote her final thesis on conflict management regarding the civil war in South Sudan. Also passionate about women's rights and civil liberties, Angie is grateful to have had various opportunities to travel abroad, gaining permanent cultural sensitivity and respect for the global community. She wants her work to benefit humankind and make a positive impact on society, specifically in the fulfilling area of advancing the public good.
Brit Marien is a Strategy Lead at Anduril Industries, which is a defense technology startup focused on transforming U.S. and allied military and national security capabilities by developing and deploying advanced technology. Brit’s work at Anduril focuses on advanced projects and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) which enables warfighters to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning for decision superiority and to rapidly collapse the kill chain. Prior to joining Anduril, Brit led Department of Defense policy and outreach programs at the National Defense University, Center for the Study of WMD, which focused on emerging technology and WMD. Brit has interned at the State Department and in the intelligence community where she supported efforts regarding digital innovation and advanced analytics.
Brit earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire. During her studies, she received the Director’s Citizenship Award at Georgetown University and was a State Department Critical Language Scholarship Recipient (China) while at the University of New Hampshire. Brit was the co-founder and Captain of the Women’s ACHA D1 Ice Hockey Team at the University of New Hampshire.
Jessie Moore is a Program Assistant through AmeriCorps for The Scholarship Academy, a local nonprofit that works to provide financial aid and college access to low-income and first generation students in the Atlanta metro area. She works as the volunteer engagement and social media coordinator for the organization by building partnerships with local businesses and organizations interested in supporting our mission. Previously, Jessie served in several roles at CARE, an international humanitarian organization focused on promoting equity to women and girls. During the summer of 2020, Jessie worked for the Food and Water Systems team as a Knowledge Management Intern monitoring COVID-19 program adaptations across CARE's 93 country offices. She also served as a Development Associate for the Major Gifts fundraising team aiding with donor relation management and program reporting. Jessie earned a Master of Science in International Affairs from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Berry College.
Maia Moore is a Program Assistant at IFYC, a Chicago non-profit focused on bridgebuilding and racial equity work Previously, she served as an intern in Washington, DC and Tokyo, Japan with the U.S. Department of State through the United States Foreign Internship Program. Maia hopes to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Maia earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Chinese Studies from Valparaiso University. During her studies, she received the Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, Freeman-Asia Scholarship, and Fulbright (Taiwan). In addition, she studied at National Taiwan University as a 2019-2020 Blakemore-Freeman Fellow for Advanced Chinese Studies. She reads and speaks Mandarin.
Moriah Nacionales-Tafoya is a Programs Associate at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Moriah leads and executes organization-wide initiatives with local-to-global implications on topics such as voter education, the Sustainable Development Goals, and U.S.-Mexico relations. Through her work she identifies ways to increase civic participation on global policy discussions in the wider Los Angeles community. In a previous role, Moriah helped lead national and international member delegations to El Paso, Mexico City, Bogota, and Dubai. Before her work at the Council, Moriah was awarded a Global Education Fellowship in Hunan, Changsha, China, where she taught English for a year and studied Mandarin.
Moriah received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish from Wheaton College. During her studies, she participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship at Princeton University to prepare for a career in the public arena. Additionally, she interned at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where she conducted a research project that revealed a “hidden population” of U.S. citizens (minors) and executed a campaign to provide U.S. Embassy services to the targeted communities. Moriah is fluent in Spanish and continues to learn Mandarin.
Katherine is currently researching foreign influence operations for the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. Having previously interned at U.S. Embassy London and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, she aims to continue pursuing a career in diplomacy. She is keenly interested in the art of influence, from public diplomacy to disinformation, and hopes to continue contributing to the protection of democracy from digital threats and foreign influence.
Katherine holds an MA in Strategic Communications from King’s College London, Department of War Studies. Prior to KCL, she received her BA in International Relations from the University of Georgia. She is an active student of the German, Russian, and Arabic languages.
Jacqueline Parziale is an Operations Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluations (OSD-CAPE), where she analyzes the technical feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and military utility of naval programs. Previously, she served as a fellow in the J5 Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate at the United States Indo-Pacific Command and as the Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Director of OSD-CAPE. In addition, Parziale has held research and analytical positions at Business Executives for National Security, the Center for a New American Security, and the United States Military Academy at West Point Department of History. Parziale has published numerous articles on defense programming, budgeting, and acquisitions issues.
Parziale earned a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in International and Global Affairs from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and History from Vassar College. At the Kennedy School, she was a research assistant with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, a course assistant on topics ranging from quantitative analysis to nuclear weapons policy to civil-military relations, and the Finance Chair of the Armed Services Committee.
Cory Reinecke is currently an Associate Manager with Accenture providing Data Analysis and Technology Services to DoD and Intelligence Clients. He is also a Captain in the Army National Guard serving as a Network Operations Officer for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade. Mr. Reinecke began his career with Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte, building models to provide DoD Senior Leaders with data driven insights assisting in resource allocation, combat operations, and financial planning.
Mr. Reinecke also holds direct experience in OCONUS military environments during his time deployed to the CENTCOM area of operations. In this role, he served as a Tactical Network Officer ensuring seamless data and voice communication across multiple geographically separate locations in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
He holds a B.A. in Economics & Business from The Virginia Military Institute and an M.B.A. from Indiana University – Kelly School of Business.
Dr. Becs Rogers currently serves as a Counterterrorism Fellow on Stanford University’s U.S.-Russia Forum and is engaged in Russian language study at the Melikian Center’s Critical Language Institute. Professionally, she works in Active Threat Preparedness for Hagerty Consulting, developing exercises for clients to combat domestic terrorism and white nationalist ideology. Becs received her Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2020, completing additional certificates in Intelligence Studies and Homeland Security. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense in the Strategy and Policy Directorate at U.S. Southern Command, aiding with projects in the Security Cooperation and Political-Military Affairs Divisions. Her work is published in multiple journals and she has presented her research at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida-Dominican Republic Higher Education Summit facilitated by the U.S. Embassy, and numerous Security Cooperation Working Groups domestically and abroad. Her areas of specialization include: white nationalism, right-wing extremism, and the alt-right; domestic terrorism; ethics of torture and the Geneva Conventions; perceptions and implications of 9/11 among special interest groups; and radicalization and networking in terror organizations.
Gabe Royal is an active-duty Army officer and a Ph.D. student at the Trachtenberg School for Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. He spent the last eight years serving as an Army Aviator, with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a member of the Trachtenberg Minority Leadership Program and was recently elected student chair for the 2021-2022 Academic Year cohort. He also serves on the board of trustees for the Connecticut Boys and Girls State Foundation, working to increase the diversity of future Boys and Girls State delegates and educate the next generation of public servants.
Gabe earned a Bachelor of Science in U.S. History and American Politics from the United States Military Academy in 2012. His current focus and field of study within the Public Policy program is in Public Budgeting and Finance. Upon receiving his graduate degree, he will teach American Politics as an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.
Christina Smith (she/her) is a first year MA student in International Education Policy at University of Maryland where she focuses on higher education access for refugees in the United States. After completing her undergraduate degree in Global Studies, she developed and ran a college access program for high school refugees as an AmeriCorps VISTA before working at the headquarters of a refugee resettlement agency. A part-time ESL instructor, she has taught English to migrants in several contexts and is passionate about examining power structures within education systems. Her current research focuses on the culture of white supremacy within higher education and how it affects newcomers. Today, she is a proud member of the Student Voices for Refugees Network, a team of undergraduate and graduate advocates for refugee higher education nationwide. Christina speaks Spanish and has just started her first Arabic classes.
Bella Stenvall is a graduating senior at UCLA double-majoring in Arabic and Dance with a minor in Global Studies. She is passionate about refugee rights, cultural exchange, and migration studies, and hopes to eventually pursue a career in foreign service. Currently, Bella is an intern with the International Rescue Committee where she assists New York City caseworkers with crucial refugee resettlement core services such as applying for and enrolling clients in social service programs and medical assistance. She also works as a Data and Impact Assessment lead for Shams Community, a social enterprise based in Amman, Jordan that aims to facilitate inter-cultural connection through global dialogue spaces. Additionally, Bella has served as a Research Fellow for UCLA’s Center for Middle East Development, a virtual intern for the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and an independent volunteer at various Syrian refugee camps across Greece. At UCLA, she is a member of UCLA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board and is also on the Student Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Jessica is a statistician with the Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General where she uses use statistical theories, techniques and methods to answer research questions and solve problems in audits, evaluations, and investigations. This includes coding programs in SAS to analyze large datasets. She works collaboratively with other statisticians, IT specialists, auditors, analysts, and investigators to produce public reports that improve Department of Commerce programs and operations. She is also detailed to the Compliance and Ethics team as an investigative analyst. In this role, she analyzes hotline complaints related to the Decennial Census by directly conducting complaint analysis and inquiry operations. She conducts administrative and background record searches and analyses, interviews, and gather documents when appropriate from complainants, witnesses, subjects, governmental officials and public and private persons at all levels.
Jessica is a current Presidential Management Fellow. She is on a rotation to the Department of Defense where she works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy in the office of African Affairs as a regional director working on the Maghreb. She joined OIG after working in all branches of the government in Georgia. She worked for the Supreme Court of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, state senate, and the office of the governor, among others. She earned her Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University where she concentrated in policy analysis and evaluation.
LT Alex Yachanin received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2014, graduating with honors with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering and a minor in Spanish. While in Annapolis, he rowed on the Varsity Lightweight Crew Team and spent a semester abroad at the Chilean Naval Academy. His first assignment on active-duty was at Stanford University, where he earned an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering while serving as research assistant for Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and teaching assistant for Dr. Siegfried Hecker in the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and Preventive Defense Project.
Alex graduated at the top of his class from Naval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC and the Basic Division Officer Course in Norfolk, VA. He earned his Surface Warfare Officer qualification onboard the destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), where he served as the Combat Electronics Division Officer, the Gunnery Officer, and the Legal Officer. In 2019, he was transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), where he supervised the operations of the ship’s nuclear propulsion plant. He is currently stationed in San Diego, CA as a nuclear staff assistant for Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific.