Michael has over 30 years of combined military and law enforcement experience as a United States Marine and as a Texas Peace Officer. Michael enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986 where he was trained as a Scout Sniper. Leaving active duty in 1990, he returned home to Texas where he worked as a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until becoming a full-time peace officer in 1992. In 1999, Michael re-enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense specialist and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 2002, he was selected to be meritoriously commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. After holding multiple commands and participating in combat actions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Ramadi), Michael left active duty as a Captain in 2011. In 2013, Michael re-activated his Texas Peace Officers License and is currently employed as a Full Time Peace Officer assigned to the DWI / Traffic Enforcement Division.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree and two Master’s degrees, Michael is a Master Peace Officer with more than 5,000 hours of TCOLE Training. Michael is a certified TCOLE Instructor. TCOLE Firearms Instructor, NRA Firearms Instructor and License to Carry (LTC) Instructor. Additional certifications include Police Sniper School, Marine Corps Scout Sniper School, Swift Water Rescue, Active Shooter (ALERRT), ARIDE, and SFST certifications.