John began his career serving 5 years in the US Navy. After completing Core Engineering School in Great Lakes, Illinois, John qualified to attend basic Underwater Demolition Seal training in Coronado, California. In April of 1999, John initially classed up in BUD/s class 225 and after and injury completed his training with Class 226. During the training period, John became a non-commissioned officer under the rating of Damage Controlman, who are the firefighters of the Navy. John deployed overseas and was then selected out of a platoon element for further training in anti-terrorism and executive protection. After involvement in operations in Yemen and Kosovo, John finished his time with the Blue Water Navy assisting in translation, NCIS, and military investigation in Italy in 2003. With aspirations in the civilian world, John assisted in the crossover of a civilian security force taking a contract to provide force protection for Fort Drum, New York. That success let to a position as a federal firefighter at Fort Drum.
The need for well-trained operators in the Middle East led John to Blackwater in 2006. John worked in various programs at Blackwater such as the worldwide protective security services with the US State Department and the Afghan Border Patrol. After a few years of providing executive protection, convoy operations, and working as a firearms and small unit tactics lead instructor, John moved to one of Blackwater’s more elite and low profile programs. He became a member of a mentor team embedded with local national members of the Afghan Border Patrol. John continued to do rotations in Afghanistan while remaining involved in the tactical equipment industry as well as contributing time to charitable organizations and fundraising for injured service members.John is point of contact for Navy business in the Norfolk, VA area and currently lives in Virginia Beach with his family and enjoys skiing, diving, fitness, boating, and is a food and wine enthusiast. To reach John use the contact form or information above.