Schools Attended in TUSD:
Julien Elementary School and Turlock High School
Air Force Reserves
Cyber Systems Operations
Travis Air Force Base
Why did you join the military?
For two main reasons: my grandfather was an Army veteran and I wanted to gain experience in the IT field, so in order to honor my grandfather and gain that experience, I joined the Air Force Reserves.
What is your favorite part of being in the military?
The culture that I’ve experienced so far and that, if you work hard, you’ll be able to earn responsibility and push your own career ahead.
What is your biggest challenge?
The earned responsibility that inherently comes with my job. If someone is good at their job, no matter their rank, they’re expected to learn and pass that knowledge onto others.
What are your goals for the future?
Right now, being a traditional reservist, I’m hoping to finish up at my community college soon and transfer to Stanford University for a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. I hope to continue onto a PhD program for Computer Science with an emphasis on Security or Computer Systems in some way.
What are your hobbies?
Playing soccer, producing music, and programming mostly. I also enjoy hiking.
Anyone you would like to recognize?
Two big influences that I’ve had on my journey were both Major Kelly Cross and Lieutenant Commander Carlos Montanez. If I didn't join NJROTC I wouldn’t have found the drive in myself that they helped instill in me during my junior and senior years of high school.
Anything else you’d like to share?
If some high school students are reading this and are interested in joining the military, I’d highly recommend taking at least one year of college as I think that helped me more than anything else.