John is originally from Durham, N.C., enlisting in the Navy in 2006 as a Cryptologist. While on Active Duty he has deployment experience in the SOUTHCOM Area of Responsibility conducting Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations as well as a deployment to Afghanistan supporting Special Operations and Village Stability Operations. John has interfaced across the intelligence community but worked specifically for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service. John attended American Military University while on Active Duty and graduated in 2015 with a B.A. in Intelligence Studies. John is a 2L at the University of Richmond and serves on the University of Richmond Law Review staff.