I'm a retired Navy Aviation Electrician, and have worked on P-3 Orion aircraft as well as various models of H-60 helo's. I started out as an Undesignated Airman, and once I decided on becoming an Aviation Electrician, I worked in the AE shop during my spare time and learned electronics by reading the Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS) guides. One of my best attributes is the ability to pick up a book, (or these days use my google-fu) and figure out how to get things done.
I got started with computers when I received a reenlistment bonus and bought my first PC, a Tandy T1000 from Radio Shack with a 286 CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a 20MB hard drive. I remember that first weekend after buying it I took it apart and put it back together and broke it so many times. I was hooked on computers. Over the years I did a lot of computer repair and ran VMware workstation on my PC to run server labs. The methodical troubleshooting skills I learned working on Navy aircraft electronics were helpful working on computers as well. During my final enlistment before retirement, I was working on my CS degree and managed to land in the IT department where I worked my way up from Help Desk Technician to System Administrator before retiring and going to work at the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk, VA.
At Kaufman & Canoles, I started out with the job title of "Network Support" which was essentially a Tier 2 support position. Around a year later I was promoted to "Systems Engineer" and finished my Bachelor's degree in Networking and Security Management from ECPI in Virginia Beach, VA graduating "Magna Cum Laude".
In February 2016 I left Kaufman & Canoles for a Network Security Engineer position at a local hospital.
My certifications include OSCP, OSWP, CCNA, CCA, and Security+.
In my spare time I enjoy learning and doing infosec labs, rooting VulnHub virtual machines, riding my Harley and being outdoors with my beautiful wife. I started a local security meetup that teaches offensive security, 757 White Hat Hackers.
My favorite quote is from H.D. Moore: “If you don’t think you’re a n00b, you’re not trying hard enough.”