Grew up a handyman and wallpaper installer. Later I freelanced as a graphic designer doing logo design and photograph post-production.
Not that I think I'll get many Simbi requests for this, but in the Air Force I worked as an Instruments & Flight Controls technician for E-3 AWACS aircraft (Airborne Warning and Control Systems) while maintaining aircraft test equipment and tools. During my following assignment as a Deficiency Analyst I provided aircraft maintenance technical expertise to maintenance analysts, adapted another base's Data Integrity Team automated database (MS Access) and launched a maintenance documentation training program serving 5 squadrons. After training my replacement, I returned to flight-line Guidance and Control systems maintenance on HH-60 CSAR helicopters (Combat Search and Rescue) and deployed in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn, aka NATO Operation Unified Protector.
I worked briefly as a bicycle mechanic before I put my community college on break to co-found an entrepreneurship competition for middle, high school, and college students. Last year 1200 students competed :)
Now I am a certified permaculture designer, build and teach at community gardens, volunteer at a bicycle co-op, speaker about veterans issues, and am learning everything I can to one day operate a farm.
Since January 2016 I've been interning on an alpaca ranch, thanks to Veteran Farmers of America.
I am planning a pastured poultry business to launch this year.