Michael is a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps with over 28 years of service. During his career, Michael has served in various duty assignments throughout the Corps. Michael enlisted as an infantryman, competed in the Corps Super-Squad competition prior to joining the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marines Surveillance Target Acquisition STA Platoon as a scout sniper. Later in his career Michael transitioned from the fleet Marine Forces to the Marine Corps Recruiting Command where he served as a Career Recruiter until his retirement in 2010.

Before joining the GK9PG team he served as the Director of Business Operations as well as the Director of Business Development for the West Coast for MSA Security where he established a new branch of the company based in San Diego, California focused on professional sports and entertainment.

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Throughout his military career Michael was the recipient of multiple personal awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold star in lieu of third award), and Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of fifth award). Michael is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development. 

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