White House Press Briefing Room

Flying the KC-130T in Arizona

Flying the CH-46E in Iraq

John on the ramp at jfk awaiting the president's arrival

About the artist

Prior to a Marine One lift in Tel Aviv

Last helicopter flight with VP Biden

Landing on the South Lawn






John has been an artist since he was young, but he arrived where he is today with an interesting twist.  When he was 14 years old he announced to his family that he wanted to become a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps.  In his quest to become a Marine and a pilot, he enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school in 1998 and soon after went to Purdue University to study Aeronautical Technology.  He received his Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics License from the FAA just prior to graduation.  At graduation from Purdue in 2002, he was commissioned an officer in the Marine Corps and he went on to attend officer school and flight school.  Completing flight school in 2004, he was quickly sent to Camp Pendleton to learn to fly the CH-46E, and was subsequently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.  His first fleet squadron was HMM-161, the "Greyhawks", where he deployed to Iraq three times as a CH-46E helicopter pilot conducting Casualty Evacuation, VIP and cargo transport all over Iraq.  At the completion of his service to HMM-161 in 2009, he was assigned to HMX-1, Presidential Helicopter Squadron where he went on to fly the President, Vice President and Heads of State.  One of his collateral duties while at HMX-1, was being a White House Liaison Officer for the squadron where he planned and coordinated Presidential helicopter missions all over the world.  During his time at HMX-1, he traveled to 43 destinations in five countries, and flew President Obama and Vice President Biden on multiple occasions.   Recently, John was invited to be an exhibitor at the first ever White House Maker Faire on June 18th, 2014 at the White House.  His works were displayed and recognized at the highest levels.  Today, John fly's the KC-130T "Hercules" aircraft for the Marine Corps Reserves in Ft Worth, TX.  When not in the cockpit, you will find John in the metal or wood studio working on the next project!

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