Welcome to my personal website, in my post-military life, I co-host a weekly radio show called the Common Sense Conservatives, publish articles, host a podcast, and do some political commentary, especially on the Todd McKinley Commentary. Additionally, I’ve been active with several Veterans Service Organizations, and have served and continue to serve as an officer at various levels, on top of serving on several local, state, and national boards, and commissions.
I was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, where I was active in Church, participated in school functions, boy scouts, and especially enjoyed playing sports, particularly baseball, basketball and football, participating in organized and school leagues, lettering in multiple sports in high school, often playing in two baseball leagues every summer. As a kid, I enjoyed playing backyard sports, riding bikes all day, and as a teenager, I enjoyed hanging out at the mall, cruising on Friday and Saturday nights, or at the lake on Sunday.
On April 27th, 1996, during my senior year at Sullivan North High School (now closed), I went to the Knoxville, TN Military Entry Processing Station and enlisted in the U.S. Army’s Delayed Entry Program, officially becoming a Service Member on October 2nd, 1996. Joining the Army to me wasn’t just one of my dreams, it was a calling, plus in addition to serving my country, the Army offered job skills, education, and travel to different parts of the world all while building a great resume. Early in my career, I was recognized for my leadership and advanced through the ranks quickly, spending 17 years, 2 months, and 11 days as a Noncommissioned Officer, and 11 years & 11 months as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, and held numerous leadership positions, retiring after 20 years and 29 days of faithful and honorable service on October 31st, 2016.
I'm now proudly a retired Army Paratrooper, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and Presidential Service Badge recipient, amongst other awards and decorations. During my time in the Army, I served in a variety of places, such as 6 ½ years at the White House Military Office, where I traveled under a Diplomatic passport when traveling outside the United States. I also served in Iraq on a Military Transition Team (MiTT) as an advisor to the Iraqi Army and Police Forces, in Afghanistan as a Platoon Sergeant in the 82nd Airborne, and as a Liaison to the Combined Joint Task Force-East during the 2012 “military surge.”
In addition to numerous military and civilian awards and decorations, I have extensive education in the military and civilian sectors. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University, a Master of Science in Leadership with a major concentration in Global Leadership from Duquesne University, a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, and a Certificate in Leaders of Learning from Harvard University.
Since retiring, I ran for Congress in TN-01 in 2018, receiving more than 3x the number of votes the “experts” predicted. I’ve been active in politics at the local, state, and national levels, and have served as a state delegate to the 2017 Young Republicans National Convention, and I served with President Trump's 2017 Presidential Inaugural Committee and then served as a White House Staff Associate, as an Advance Representative, during the Trump-Pence Administration, where I traveled under an Official passport when traveling outside the United States. I also served as a Staff Lead for President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, and have advised, assisted, and supported dozens of political candidates, campaigns, and conservative organizations across the country.