[avatar user=”Mike” size=”medium” align=”left”]Over the past 20+ years, Mike has been fortunate enough to have worn several hats and in doing so he has gained many unique experiences, both foreign and domestic. A Veteran US Army Infantry Non-Commissioned Officer, Mike has demonstrated leadership and management expertise with a proven capacity to perform effectively in a variety of routine and crisis and emergency situations. In addition to his military service he has more than 12 years of private sector experience in high risk security operations, planning, threat, risk and vulnerability assessments (TRVA), maritime security, critical infrastructure protection, physical security, fire protection engineering, life safety consulting and crisis management.
Mike hails from the small New England state of Rhode Island. His interest in all things outdoors started at a young age with his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America and progressed into other activities included sailing, SCUBA diving, rappelling, and other mischief that in this day and age would probably land you in a Federal Penitentiary. Not interested in traditional organized sports, Mike was one of the founding members of his high school archery team, with whom for a short while enjoyed the title of RI State Champions. While still in High School Mike enlisted in the US Army starting in the reserve component and transferred to active duty as soon as the opportunity arose.
During his career in the military, Mike served in several positions to include: Rifle Squad Leader, Fire Team Leader, Reconnaissance Scout, Sniper, Instructor and Operations NCO with several overseas deployments to Northeast and Southeast Asia as well as the Middle East. He took part in Peacekeeping operations in Sinai Egypt as part of the Multinational Force and Observers (twice), as well as participated in exercise Cobra Gold 99 in Thailand, multiple rotations to the JRTC and other training sites throughout the country. Duty Stations included, Brocton, Massachusetts (Bco 1/18th IN USAR); Camp Casey, South Korea (Bco 1/503rd IN AASLT); Ft Campbell, Kentucky (HHC 3/187 IN, Recon Platoon); Ft Wainwirght, Alaska (Bco 2/1 IN Light); and Ft Benning, Georgia (HHC 2/29 IN, Operations). While on active duty, Mike also had the opportunity to attend several advanced schools and courses. Some highlights include graduating with honors from the Infantry Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course and Primary Leadership Development Course. He also attended the Air Assault Course, Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC Level II, 5th Special Forces Group) Northern Warfare Training Center Infantry Company Course, and the Army Instructor Training Course.
After leaving the Army with an honorable discharge in 2002, Mike took a position at a small security and fire protection engineering firm just outside of Washington D.C in Reston, Virginia. As a security engineer and consultant, Mike’s responsibilities included designing and evaluating physical security systems as well as conducting threat vulnerability and risk assessments (TRVA) mainly for local, state and federal agencies. While working at the firm he also had the opportunity to cross over to fire protection engineering, which involved similar work with fire protection and life safety systems.
After a couple years in the DC area Mike and his family made the move back to RI, this time with a job opportunity in the maritime security industry. As a Maritime Security Consultant he was tasked with training ship and port facility personnel in anti-terrorism subjects as well as conducting TRVA’s for ports and ships to ensure compliance with international regulations resulting from the attacks on 9/11.
Following some issues with the company’s payroll, Mike ultimately took a job as a civilian security specialist in Iraq and spent almost 2 years on the Captured Enemy Ammunition and Coalition Munitions Clearance (CEA/CMC) program. While working overseas as a civilian contractor, Mike provided security for Explosives Ordnance Disposal personnel as well as remote camp and convoy security operations.
Mike is also the owner and administrator of DIY Tactical which is a website dedicated to making modifying and repairing tactical equipment. While overseas DIY Tactical transformed from an information only website and forum into an online military textiles store. At this point Mike left Iraq to come home to run the textiles business full time and did so for several years. Following the birth of his second child and the subsequent downturn in the economy, the web store was shut down. However, www.diytactical.com remains to this day and is the most active website of its kind on the net.
Currently Mike is working as a consultant in the crisis and emergency management industry where he assists in the design and delivery of training exercises and drills. Theses training scenarios run the gambit of manmade and natural disasters, whether it be a hurricane, earthquake, terrorist attack, an insider threat or cyber event. Mike is fortunate enough to be able to create chaos for a living and not get into trouble for it.
Still avid of the outdoors, Mike likes spend time on the trail, recently completing the 50 mile Monadnock Sunapee Greenway trail albeit in two separate section hikes. He also enjoys camping and backpacking with his family. Mike and his daughter have a goal of hiking all the highest peaks in New England, so far they’ve knocked out Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts with Mt Mansfield VT next on the list. Other hobbies include vehicle repair and restoration, shooting and firearms, hobby electronics, metalworking, welding and general DIY projects (fixing whatever his wife breaks).