John served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Weapons and Sensors Officer flying the FA-18D. During his career, he flew almost 4000 hours which include combat tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. John served as an FA-18 Weapons School Instructor, as an FA-18D Squadron Commanding Officer and as the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. He completed two tours at the Pentagon, the first on the Marine Corps Aviation Staff as the FA-18 Requirements Officer and the second for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs focused on U.S. Military Global Posture.
John earned his Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice at San Diego State University in 1990 and his Masters in National Strategy from the National War College in 2010.