I chose to attend the U.S. Naval Academy because "anything you do in the Army or Air Force, you can also do the in the Navy..." (more or less, since the Navy also has pilots and Marines have some similarities with the Army).
Once at the Naval Academy, I ultimately requested submarine service because I was impressed by their talent and camaraderie (and oddly enough, something you can't do in the Army or Air Force).
After deploying to the Arctic, Western Pacific and Atlantic in three different types of submarines and increasing levels of responsibility, I became captain of ballistic missile submarine and successfully completed four deployments.
My crew and I were very effective in completing our missions, and I thoroughly enjoyed my role as captain. Bringing all my leadership experiences to bear was personally and professionally rewarding in ways few people get to experience.
Command at sea doesn't last forever (nor should it), but after a career of service, I did not want to stop. Now I help leaders apply lessons of my submarine force experience to improve their own performance and the performance of their teams. I want to allow them to experience the same professional and personal satisfaction that I did.
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