My name is Daniel, I am a father, a husband, and a software engineer.
I spent 11 years in the United States Coast Guard in various roles, but mostly as an IT Administrator.
While in the Coast Guard, I lived in Guam and worked aboard the USCGC Sassafras which was a 180' buoy tender as a Seaman/Deckhand. It was here that I gained my love of the ocean.
After Guam, I was stationed in Petaluma California to attend IT school. I have always had a knack for computers, but this is really where I delved deep into computer hardware and networking. I also learned telephony, which was something I, unexpectedly, really enjoyed.
Next, I moved to Boston. First I worked at the local IT shop to learn some basics on the job, and then on a 270' cutter named the Escanaba. On the Escanaba I handled shipboard telephony and IT systems with two other ITs. I was able to travel around the Atlantic and visit some unusual countries that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to visit.
Then, I moved to Portsmouth Virginia, and worked at ESD Portsmouth. Here we supported units for IT throughout the coastal region of Virginia. We did a healthy mix of telephony and IT support for about 6000 users. Here I began to pick up more self-taught programming skills to automate tasks and do personal projects.
My last move in the Coast Guard was to Saint Louis. Here I worked on the Centralized Coast Guard helpdesk providing remote IT support to the worldwide IT personnel. Eventually, I led a small team helpdesk to support the classified computer system support.
While in Saint Louis I made the decision to leave the Coast Guard. I moved back to Utah, and went to school for Software Engineering, and got a job working in the healthcare industry.
While in school, in Utah, I met my wife Nikki. I have a step son Mark, and a son Warren. We still live in Utah, but have big plans for a grand exit.