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I am from Gary, IN, a graduate of Indiana University and a commissioned officer through Officer Candidate School (OCS). As a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), my first assignment was onboard USS COWPENS (CG-63) stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. The 7th fleet of the Navy is a forward deployed naval force which means we maintain a higher operational tempo than the rest of the Navy. Successfully completing my tour of duty in the FDNF has allowed me to blossom into a resilient and flexible professional. Moreover, living in Japan forced me to increase my soft-skills capacity and cultural sensitivity. Over time, my passions have become more clear; community service and civic engagement are at the core of my happiness. I strongly advocate for those organizations that seek to make our communities better, equitable and safe. As I continue my military career I hope to be a resource to bridge the gap of understanding between and internal to communities that I serve and represent.