Christian is a highly esteemed and revered United States Navy Veteran with an intense passion to work with other Veterans and Active Service Members that are looking to buy or sell a home in his service areas.
Christian was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and attended Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina. He joined the Navy because he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. He didn’t want to be in school and did not want to work an hourly job, so he made his decision and went to Basic Training at the Recruit Training Center in San Diego, where he adhered to the mission of the Recruit Training Command, which is embodied in the Recruit Division Commander's Creed: "These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained sailors. I will instill in them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standard of Honor, Courage, and Commitment."
There, Christian learned about seamanship, shipboard firefighting and military rank structure. He was then assigned to NATTC Millington, Tennessee, in a prerequisite course for the next sequence of academic preparation, which included advanced mathematics and communications.
Christian was then transferred to Operations Specialist (OS) ‘A” School at Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, where he went through advanced naval warfare training. Most OS billets are assigned to warships. He says, “I learned my Navy job there and it was very exciting and interesting to understand the scope of Naval Warfare. As an OS, I learned to work in the Combat Information Center (CIC) of Naval Warships.”
Christian arrived to his first ship, the USS Shreveport (LPD-12) in late 1991 and was part of a team of highly trained Sailors who were responsible for coordinating tactical procedures through the use of satellite and radio communications as well as using radar to track and report other ships and aircraft operating nearby. His first deployment was to the Mediterranean Sea. The ship was part of a Marine Amphibious Readiness group. “We carried Marines.” He says, “Their amphibious landing vehicles, trucks, helicopters, and support apparatus – the US always maintains a military presence all around the world.”
During his second deployment onboard, the ship was directed to Mogadishu, Somalia for Operation Restore Hope - where he helped coordinate amphibious operations. His team worked around the clock to ensure the safety of the landing teams involved in the amphibious operations.
In early 1995, at the end of his enlistment he returned to Durham, North Carolina. Christian had married his high school sweetheart, Kerry, right after boot camp. They had three sons, Andrew, Joseph and Nicholas, and he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Christian worked a series of jobs prior to the devastating path that Hurricane Fran left in its wake, which left him struggling without a job and transportation. He decided to reenlist in 1997 – where he was sent to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. He spent two months being processed back into the Navy. He was then sent to the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) “A” School in Pensacola, Florida. Once completed with advanced electronics training in April of 1998, he transferred to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light 48 (HSL-48) in Mayport, Florida, where he spent the next 4 years helping to repair and maintain fifteen SH-60B helicopters while at the same time making 2 more deployments. His fourth son, Christian, was born during this tour.
Christian then transferred to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach in 2002. Along the way, he attended Microminiature (2M) Electronics Repair School. He became an integral part of an elite group of technicians who performed high reliability repair functions of sensitive military avionics components. In 2005, he transferred to USS Wasp (LHD-1) for a year and subsequently onto his next few commands, AIMD Norfolk and FRC Oceana, all the while as a Microminiature Repair Technician.
In his Navy Career, Christian deployed 7 times; twice on the USS Shreveport (LPD-12) to the Mediterranean in 1991 and 1993; once on USS Kauffman (FFG-59) in 1999; once on USS McInerney (FFG-8) 2001; once on USS George Washington (CVN-73) in 2008 ; once on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in 2009; and once on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in 2010. Soon after his last homecoming he transferred on more time to FRC Oceana for the last two years in service to our country and retired in 2013.
During those deployments, Christian got the opportunity to visit Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Bahamas, Panama, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain.
Christian says, “I have been interested in Real Estate since I was a kid. Agents seemed to enjoy their work. I needed a job that wasn’t 9-5 and couldn’t stand the thought of being stuck in an office all day so I got my real estate license and now I work with eXp Realty. The military is near and dear to my heart. Earning my Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification means a lot. What better way to show my Military clients that I am educated and have the experience it takes to serve Veterans? I was on one side and now on this side. I’m going to help them find a nice place to live, trust me.”
Christian is a full-time Realtor® and serves the communities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Suffolk.
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