They are both at home in the field . . .
. . . as much as they are in a theme park.
Question 1 - Where were you born?
Wesley - I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up all over as a Navy brat.
Question 2 - What school(s) did you attend?
Wesley - I went to a private preparatory boarding school for high school, Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA. I then attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. I obtained my master’s from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. I absolutely love learning, and have been considering getting my PhD in a National Security related discipline…if only I could find the time.
Question 3 - What did you do after graduating?
Wesley - After graduating from college, I joined the Army. I had gained acceptance to medical school, but I wasn’t looking forward to the loans, and more so wanted to serve. Joining the Army, I went into Military Intelligence which led to the career I have today.
Question 4 - What was your first job?
Wesley - Mowing lawns, and running errands for my father’s office.
Question 5 - What do you do for a living?
Wesley - I am a federal contractor supporting many three letter agencies in various capacities over the last 15 years. I was Military Intelligence in the Army and had the honor of serving in some of the best intel and special operations units, which led to the career I have today.
Question 6 - What inspired you to pursue your job?
Wesley - I come from a family of service. Both grandfathers were in WWII (Army and Marines). My uncle was a Marine in Vietnam. Another uncle was in the Air Force. My father served in the Navy as a surgeon and got called up for Desert Storm. So I guess it’s kind of the “family business”.
I vividly remember waking up in my dorm room at Ursinus on Tuesday morning, September 11th 2001, flipping on the tv just as the second plane was hitting the second tower at the World Trade Center. I had a feeling of what was to come and wanted to join the military. But given that I had just started college my parents insisted I finished my degree first, which was the right decision.
Question 7 - How would you describe Woobies in 3 words?
Wesley - Functional. Comfortable. Versatile.
Question 8 - What are some of your achievements?
Wesley - I always have a hard time answering this question because all of “my accomplishments” were as part of a team, and by nature of the business I have to be somewhat vague. But in the last 12 years, I have participated in the capture and interrogation of 6 high value detainees that made a huge difference in both the conflicts they were in, and national security as a whole. I am very proud of those operations.
Question 9 - What are your goals and aspirations?
Wesley - To raise a truly badass daughter, who is as comfortable at the range as she is in dance class. As previously mentioned I also would like to obtain my PhD in a National Security related field. I have kicked around the idea of starting my own contracting firm, that is highly specialized. But starting a company like that can be a nightmare. If Marvel Studios ever needed someone with my particular skill set I would go work for them in a heartbeat.
Question 10 - Is there anything else you would like to say to our veteran community and customers?
Wesley - To all of my brothers and sisters, you’re not alone. Only those of us that have been bitten by a snake can tell each other how it feels. We’ve all, at one time or another, been there or seen someone that’s been there. If you need help, say the word and I’ll be there. Thank you all for your service. It’s been an honor of a lifetime to have served beside you.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is the indifference of good men.”