In July 1996, soon after leaving High School Michael enlisted in United States Marine Corps, following the footsteps of his father and paternal grandfather.
In June 1998 Michael participated in Operation Safe Departure. Following continued strife in Eritrea in 1998, naval forces participated in Operation Safe Departure, a non-combatant evacuation that resulted in safely evacuating 172 American citizens and third-country nationals from Asmara, Eritrea on 06 June 1998.
In fall of 1999 Michael participated Operation Stabilize in East Timor from 25 October 1999 to 27 November 1999. His unit was called on to provide support to International Forces, East Timor (INTERFET) delivering more than 1.5 million pounds of food and supplies to the Australian-led peacekeeping forces and East Timorese.
Following Michael’s separation from active duty in July of 2000 he transitioned into civilian life and took on a job as a Network Administrator for F&M bank located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Michael continued to manage the technical needs for the over 180 locations spread across 3 states for two years until F&M was purchased by Branch Banking and Trust better known as BB&T. Michael stayed on though the conversion process before leaving BB&T.
In 2002 Michael joined ATI Solutions Inc. stating as a Helpdesk Support Specialist. In the intervening 15 years since then due to his tireless work ethic and commitment to customer satisfaction he has taken on many differing roles and responsibilities. He has spent time as a Senior Systems Engineer, Help Desk Manager, Disaster Recover Support Specialist, and is usefully filling the role of Senior Project Manager. As Senior Project Manager, he excels in planning, monitoring, and appraising all customer projects.
United States Marine Corps Letter of Appreciation
United States Marine Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon x 2
United States Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation
United States Navy Unit Commendation
United States Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
United States Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
United States Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
United States Marine Expeditionary Medal