My military career started as an infantryman in the Army in 2004. Through a rigorous selection process, I earned a spot in the Battalion Sniper Section. After Completing US Army Sniper School at FT. Benning, I deployed as a Sniper to Baghdad Iraq in 2005. I earned the rank of Sergeant at the end of my deployment. Upon returning from Iraq after a yearlong deployment, I had become the section Sergeant for the Sniper section. I oversaw eight soldiers, their training and over $1,000,000 of equipment and sensitive items. I was then Department of the Army selected as a Recruiter. DA selection is used when selecting Drill Instructors and Recruiters. The Army selects the top ten percent (performance based) to represent the Army. After Recruiter School I was stationed in rural Kansas in a city very much like Purcell. Being a Recruiter is a multifaceted position it is not just about putting people in the Army. It is more like being a liaison between the community and the Army. As a Recruiter I worked within the community with different groups, city leaders and the schools developing programs and organizing community events. I even attended the local college, Cowley County Community College, where I earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree. After my time in the Army I wanted to move back home and pursue a career in law enforcement. I got hired at Purcell PD July of 2014. While at Purcell PD I have excelled at every task that has been put before me. I was a K9 handler for two years and during that time was responsible for nearly 150 narcotics based arrests and numerous other felony arrests that derived from myself and my K9 partner. I attended Basic Instructor School and graduated in July of 2017. I got promoted to the rank of Corporal in April of 2018 and in November of 2018 I received my Intermediate CLEET license. I am currently leading my shift by instruction and example, using my Army values and leadership skills to help my Officers succeed. I also have the privilege of being a Field Training Officer. During my time as an FTO I have trained numerous Officers at all different phases of training. Being an FTO is critical for the development of a Department for legal reasons and for quality of service Officers provide to the public. Most of my adult life has been dedicated to serving and most of that time has been in a leadership position. I have the knowledge, leadership skills, and willingness to learn. I am motivated and ready to apply my leadership skills and abilities that I have gained from both the Army and the Purcell Police Department to the next level of leadership.
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