John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2008. After an arduous multi-year assessment, selection, and training pipeline, he became an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller (CCT). John deployed numerous times to combat zones across the Middle East and Africa in support of counter-terrorism operations. He served in the Air Force and Special Operations for 13 years and medically retired in 2021. His final role in the military was as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Operations at a Special Tactics Squadron on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon retirement, John became a Master of Accounting candidate, class of 2022, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Additionally, he’s earned admission to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA), class of 2024.