Husband | Father | System Administrator | Warrant Officer Select | Sec+/Server+ ITIL certified | Patriot |
Data Recovery - My Success and Fails
Back from 2010 - 2014 I was going through college trying to get my AAS in Information Technology. Why four years for an AAS? Between a four month reclassification school for the Air Force, a deployment to Afghanistan, and taking a couple extra semesters to add in 2 more minors - one of these minors being computer forensics. Minoring in Computer Forensics was great. I managed to work with law enforcement to figure out the tools they used, and get hands on experience. Since 2014, however, how many times have I actually been able to utilize the skills, given I haven't had a position that really required it? 1 time, up until this week.
Need a Side Hustle?
Lets face it: It sucks to work. But that is why you need to stop working, and start doing what you enjoy! There are too many options in this world, and too little time on Earth to be stuck WORKING, doing something you don't like. I can honestly say I haven't had to work a single day in my life. Now, I know what you are going to say: How do you make a living? You mean you don't earn money? Incorrect - I have multiple jobs. But I don't work a day in my life because I LOVE what I do. To give a quick run down:
How the M1 Abrams could be improved
Disclaimer: I originally wrote this essay a month ago for an assignment in Advanced Leader's Course. I actually rather enjoy the time I spent on it, and figured I would expand out the audience. There is always a way to improve even the visibly greatest vehicles. These are my views on how the Abrams can get better!
WGU - BS - IT
For those that are completely unaware of what a night owl is, it is someone that stays up late, long after everyone else has gone to be, and continues to study. A night owl has been made popular thanks to the all online University, Western Governors University, or WGU. Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor's of Science in Information Technology. What is Information Technology, you ask? I am glad you asked this! Let me enlighten you.
Are You a Leader?
Through nearly 13 years of military service, I have held many positions. While on Army active duty from 2006 to 2009, I got field sanitation certified, ATGM certified, Combatives Level 1 certified, and trained on multiple Stryker variants. Primarily, my position consisted of being a driver as well as dismount. While in the Air Force Reserve from 2010 to 2016, I underwent multiple courses for supervision and leadership, 7-level in Air Transportation, and shifted between a working, training, and supervising roles in the Cargo section, before moving to ATOC (ATOC meets up with aircraft to give/receive reports from the crew, so the crew can have their plane loaded/unloaded). Now, I am a Drill Sergeant in the Army Reserve. I have re-certified in Combatives Level 1, and recently, had a self-reflection on my leadership potential.
This Is Why America Is Failing
America is a wonderful country. There is absolutely no denying that. I am willing to give my life up for it. If it wasn't wonderful, if I didn't believe in it, then I would sign my life away contract after contract and be willing to risk everything for it. But when it comes to the IT field specifically (Information Technology for those that are unaware), we are well behind the times. If you'd like to know about me, here goes: I have an Associate's of Applied Science in Information Technology, a certification in Computer Forensics/Network Security, a certification in Computer and Network Repair, and I am a Google Certified Admin. Overall, pretty easy stuff if you ask me. I love the repair aspect, and customer service portion of the field.
From Frontlines to Heavy Books
“INCOMING! GET ON THE FLOOR!” This is how nearly all military movies portray war. You are sleeping in your bunk/cot/bed, and suddenly someone is screaming to get down. Perhaps in the very beginning of the War on Terror it was this way, but it wasn’t my experience. I went into the Army after graduating high school in June 2006. I got an awesome $1,000 bonus as a 19K, or M1 Armor Crewman. Meanwhile, every other person there received a $40,000 bonus. Little did I know, there was a huge bonus increase before I went to OSUT.