At GovX, we honor every person who wears a uniform, and we know that the military is a well-oiled machine that only works when every person is doing their part. Soldiers can’t do their jobs on empty stomachs. That’s where Daniel and his crew come in.
From eager high school kid to career soldier.
I’ve served over 16 years in the United States Army. I enlisted as a food service specialist right out of high school with the intent to only serve a few years in order to pay for college when my enlistment ended. My 3-year plan turned into a 20-year plan, and I don’t regret a thing. Now I’m a Sergeant First Class and the senior enlisted leader within my food service program. I’ve been all over the world and met so many great people, especially during my deployments and when I was on recruiting duty.
Keeping soldiers nourished.
Ever come home from a long day of work and enjoy a hot, delicious meal for dinner? Know how good that feels? Now imagine what that meal would taste like if you just got back from a stressful patrol in Afghanistan. That’s what I do for my soldiers. They don’t have to cook or reheat something up in the microwave. They can just come in, relax, and enjoy their meal. These people burn calories quickly, and expend all their energy on time-consuming missions. To prepare a meal for them so they can replenish their strength and maintain a healthy weight … I consider that a privilege.
Soldier. Husband. Father.
When I’m not in uniform, I enjoy sight-seeing, camping, going to the beach, snowboarding, paintballing, and of course, cooking. I love spending time with my wife and kids, and I work out with my wife on a daily basis. It’s great to have a routine like that at the end of the day, and it’s useful for relieving stress. I know military wives and spouses can experience a lot of stress, and I’m grateful to have such a loyal and patient partner, who’s raised our children with me being away so much. When my daughter was just six years old, she was diagnosed with Leukemia and I watched her fight a tough battle. She’s currently in remission. If I ever have a bad day, I just think about what my girl went through at such an early age, and that negative mindset vanishes.
My family, cooking, mentoring my soldiers, and serving as best I can. These are the things I most value.