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I'm a 31 year old father of one. My son is a great joy in my life who helped me remember what it was like to play and be a kid. I'm a Rhode Island native and enjoy spending time having beers with friends, playing ice hockey and sometimes getting into trouble.

Active Duty

I have been involved with Linux for a few years and have spent the better part of a year and a half advocating Ubuntu to my friends & family. I have spent 12 years in the military in the active duty and reserve space. My first position in the Navy was as a Radioman onboard the USS Yorktown (CG-48). There I started my computing experience onboard the SmartShip platform. Our main mission was in support of the United States' counter drug mission in the Carribbean.

Computer Experience

After leaving active duty I worked for a few organizations in New England in the Finance, Higher Education, and Manufacuring industries honing my skills and climbing the corporate ladder. I have spent the better part of 8 years in the Litigation Market as a Senior Systems Engineer and Data Forensics Expert. This job led me begin using Linux for a variety of cases which spurred my interest in Linux and Ubuntu.

Seabee Reservist

While working in the civilian world and post 9/11 I was brought back into the military to serve with the US Navy Seabees. The Seabees have a long history of "Can Do". As a matter of fact I believe it was the Seabees that coined the phrase. A commissioned organization on March 5, 1942 the Seabees had their first home in Rhode Island in support of World War II. As a Seabee my current rating is a SteelWorker where I work on construction projects welding, cutting, or fabrication with many different metal materials. I have recently been awarded the Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist Qualification for professional knowledge, leadership and devotion to duty. Currently serving with the Seabees in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I continue my military career working to protect freedom, our way of life and ensuring the safety and security of my children.

Ubuntu Contributions

Ubuntu Began the build of the Rhode Island LoCo Team.

Ubuntu Provided support on the forums.

Ubuntu Distribution of Ubuntu OS Install CD Media.


Ubuntu Spend as much time as I can with my son and my family since I have been away for so long.

Ubuntu Increase knowledge and awareness of Ubuntu in Rhode Island. RhodeIslandTeam

Ubuntu Build the Rhode Island LoCo team to apply for approval.

Ubuntu Learn Python and C++ to increase marketability.

Ubuntu Develop a close knit face to face community of Ubuntu users in Rhode Island.

Ubuntu Rediscover the essence of having fun and being with friends and family.

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