About HLAA

I am a 20 year Veteran of the Georgia Army National Guard and, unlike most National Guardsmen; I was what they called AGR (Active Guard Reserve).  My career started in October of 2000, where my first assignment was to the 78th Troop Command based out of Atlanta, Georgia. My follow on tour assignments included the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 3rd Infantry Division. My military occupational specialty (MOS) for the first 6 years of my career was a Combat Engineer (12B). During my career I transitioned to a Supply Sergeant (92Y) where I remained until I retired.  During my 20 years of service, I have experienced several branches of the Army to include the Engineers, Artillery, Infantry, and Logistics Support Battalion. 

Fighting for the United States of America and protecting the freedom of those that live here is something I am very passionate about! During my military career, I have spent a great deal of time helping my state in any kind of major event. I supported security detachments Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport after the 9-11 attacks in 2001. I had a security role in the G8 Summit in 2004 held in Savannah, Georgia. I provided humanitarian and disaster relief when Atlanta, Georgia had one of its biggest ice-snow storms in 2014 called Operation Snowball. In 2019 I led efforts to plan and organize support to combat the COVID 19 pandemic in our local hospitals and other medical care facilities in Georgia. 

In my time of service, I completed three combat tours, two in Iraq from 2003-2004 and 2005-2006 and one in Afghanistan from 2009-2010. Throughout my 20 years in the Army I have seen and experienced things that most people would never dream of. While deployed in these locations throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, I had endured countless mortar attacks, vehicle born improvised explosive devices, along with suicide bomber attacks. While deployed in Iraq, I was in multiple IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks, which coined the name “Hard Lucks”.  

On October 26, 2020 I hung my boots up and retired after 20 years of service not knowing what my next mission would be. When I retired I struggled to adjust to the civilian world as I found myself still wanting to help others and especially Veterans. The work force that I had protected for so many years was not what I had thought of and made me think of what could I do to make a difference other then punching a time clock and going home feeling defeated from the day. After much thought and trials with civilian employment, I discovered a way that I wanted to give back to my community and nation.