Mike joined the Marine Corps in 2004 in order to become a fighter pilot. As a first occupation he chose intelligence analyst because "it seemed smart".
After looking forward and seeing a near 20 year career of a combat lifestyle, he decided to leave the flight program, putting him eligible to deploy.
In 2009, along with the Economic and Political Intelligence Cell (EPIC), he deployed to Afghanistan's embattled Helmand Province.
He was tasked with discovering influence and political connections.
While in Afghanistan, he attended and held "shady" meetings with "shady people". (Afghan governors, intelligence spies, warlords, tribal leaders, NATO state departments, etc).
After returning home, Mike then walked into the world of high tech intelligence. He became a proficient leader in cutting edge computing systems. Including (but not limited to), large scale intelligence processing, satellite communications, encryption, and enterprise testing systems.