Served 30 years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, retiring in 2002 as the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard. The first African American selected to the service’s senior-most enlisted ranking position in 1998. His career included staff and operational assignments both afloat and ashore throughout the United States, and a joint military service assignment in Cuba and Haiti. Holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D). Managing Partner of Pinnacle Five, LLC. Organization includes all five former senior enlisted members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast a Guard who are involved with supporting veteran initiatives.