Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?
In 2016 I began my military service as a Field Artillery Officer for 2-2 FAB in Fort Sill Oklahoma. After serving as a Fire Direction Officer, a Platoon Leader, and an Executive Officer I was given the opportunity to serve as a Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Support Executive Officer for the 434th FAB. In 2020 I was honored to serve as the manager of the COVID-19 Field Hospital in Fort Sill Oklahoma. I culminated my military career working for the Biden Administration at the White House Operations Center.
The variety of assignments as an Army Officer allowed me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills. I have become more flexible, more understanding, comfortable accepting calculated risk, confident, and competent in my technical abilities. I am indebted to the military, my leaders, and especially my Noncommissioned Officers who encouraged and helped me along the way.
What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?
I would like to impart the importance of civil service. Interest in civil service is at the heart of bridging the civ-mil divide. Service to community comes in all shapes and sizes and I look forward to serving the Nashville Community along with my fellow scholars and students.
While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?
My goal is to transition from an MBA at the Owen School into consulting so I can work within a wide variety of sectors and be challenged to solve diverse complex and intricate problems. From there I would like to take this knowledge into the NGO sector, and work towards ending poverty and increasing entrepreneurship in post-conflict zones.
What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?
I highly encourage all veterans to apply for the Bass Military Scholars Program! The comradery with your fellow scholars will be critical to your success at Vanderbilt and will provide needed support as you transition from warfighter to scholar.