Mike graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and commissioned an Army Infantry Officer. Mike’s first assignment was with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, Battalion Rear Detachment Commander and G-3 Battle Major deploying to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2011. After attendance at the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, GA he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX where he served as a Battalion Operations Officer, Mechanized Company Commander, and Brigade HHC Commander. Mike was selected as an FA49 Operations Research Systems Analyst (ORSA) and serves on the Army Staff in Washington, D.C. Mike sits on the Board of Directors for the Northern Virginia Veterans Association. He holds an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and will be pursuing his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management as a member of the Class of 2019.