‘Bonsai’ entered the Air Force in 2001 after earning his commission as a Distinguished Graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. He tied for the number one graduate spot of his pilot training class and is a former F-16CJ Flight Lead.
He has served as the Electronic Combat Pilot, Security Manager, and Chief of Training in flying squadrons as well as Flight Commander and Assistant Director of Operations during his assignment as an Air Liaison Officer in command of forward air controllers. He has had operational assignments at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, Ft Hood AIN, Texas, and Osan AB, Republic of Korea. Besides assigned locations he has flown the F-16 during deployments in the Middle East and Europe, as well as homeland defense missions over Washington D.C. and has served in combat in Iraq.
He has logged over 1,000 hours as an Air Force and civilian pilot in aircraft including the F-16, T-38A/C, and the T-37. His military decorations include two Air Force Commendation Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, multiple Outstanding Unit Medals, Campaign Medals, and two flying safety awards.
Bonsai hails from Austin, Texas.