UNC NROTC Class of 1984.
A native of Mount Holly, North Carolina, Brian is a combat-decorated Sailor and service-disabled Veteran. He works as a nonprofit management consultant and Veterans legislative advocate in the Washington DC metro area, supporting a variety of nonprofit organizations.
Brian's military career started in the United States Marine Corps in 1979. While serving as an enlisted Marine, he earned a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History in 1984 and was commissioned as a Navy Ensign.
Brian's sea tours included assignments from division officer through command of the IWO JIMA Expeditionary Strike Group supporting combat operations. Ashore, he served in a variety of staff and command positions.
Brian deployed to the Arabian Gulf eight times, supporting Operations Earnest Will, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and Enduring Freedom. Brian retired in 2013, after thirty-one years of Service.
His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4), Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Meritorious Service Medal (5), the Navy and Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, and other personal, unit, and service awards.
Brian and his wife, Lisa, reside in National Harbor, MD and are committed to supporting charitable causes serving service-disabled Veterans and animal welfare.