I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. My parents died when I was very young so my grandmother raised me. Being the oldest of 3, I had to be strong for my siblings and be the role model that they never had. Grandma always stressed the importance of honor and respect and helping others which is what drove me to enlist in the Nacy after High School. I had always wanted to get away from Baltimore so it seemed like the best way to do it. After graduating Basic, I ended up being deployed with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, 3rd Marine Division. Although I was eager to see combat and use my training, our MEF was deployed mostly for administering humanitarian aide in the Pacific. When the word came down that there was a crisis going on in the Black Sea between the CDF and Russia, and that NATO and humanitarian aide was being massed, I jumped at the chance to hopefully get my chance to prove myself and help those caught in the mess.