Howdy folks from the good ol’ Eastern Shore of Virginia!
Long ago my parents decided to make it easy for everyone to remember my name. Casey Jones here, 37, hailing from the Delmarva peninsula. Son of a retired Coastie and lacking direction in my life, my father pressured me into the military nearly straight out of high school. It didn’t quite set in until they buzzed off all of my hair. It got real quick. Looking back, it was the very best decision I have ever made.
I enlisted in 1998, went from Seaman Recruit to Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class in a fair amount of time, and was honorably discharged in 2002. On 9/11, we immediately deployed from Norfolk for the coast of NY to engage any remaining hostile inbound threats. Nothing came. It was a day I will never forget. I was a 5 inch gunner and worked the armory. We mainly performed maintenance on the 5 inch gun. We would hand control over to the Fire Controlmen during live firing exercises. Can’t really shoot that thing from the hip. My entire Navy career was training, training, and more training. 9/11 and the attack on the USS Cole were the 2 very real things that happened while I was enlisted. I believe war sucks. I also realize it has always been a part of history and it will forever be in our future.
Post Navy discharge, I became interested in computers. I quickly obtained an Associate’s in IT Networking from ECPI Newport News using the GI Bill. I’ve been working in the computer field ever since. 2004 is when I landed my first Network Admin job for Branscome Incorporated, a heavy highway paving company based out of Hampton Roads. I left Branscome in 2010 to move back to my home town of Chincoteague, VA (where they swim the wild ponies). I found myself as an IT Manager for BaySys Technologies, a VIP aircraft modification company. They had high dreams but they ultimately crumbled which lead me to where I am today, a Network Engineer for Inacom Information Systems, an all in one IT, Voice, and MFP solutions provider.
My dream job is getting in on the Navy SCSC support contract over on Wallops Island, VA. Security Systems Engineer is the position I want. My last interview went good up until the dreaded, “Do you have a security clearance? question.” Nope, and never will until you folks help a brother out!
My goals for this course are hopefully to refresh everything I have lost from high school and from self study over the years. Everything with me is use it or lose it so I tend to devote the majority of my brain capacity for cramming in everything related to family, fishing, crabbing, gardening, kayaking, camping, hiking, cybersecurity, industry certifications, and country.
For me, historical sites I would like to visit seems to change on a weekly basis. This week, after listening to a round of Shon Harris (RIP) cryptography audio lectures, I would love to just shoot back in time to witness the cracking of the Enigma Code. On a more realistic note, our next day trip is going to be to the National Cryptologic Museum.
I’m excited for the class. Good luck everybody!