Shane served in the US Army from 1991-2011, and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He was 19 yrs old when he enlisted in the US Army immediately after graduating high school. As a Combat Photographer, his duty stations included the 224 MI BN (Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah GA), the Combat Maneuver Training Center (Hohenfels Germany), the 5th Special Forces Group (Ft Campbell KY), and the Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii (CILHI). While in Hawaii, he was selected to attend the US Army Warrant Officer Aviation program (Ft Rucker AL) just after 9/11. Upon graduating from flight school as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot, he was stationed near the DMZ, assigned to the 2nd ID Air Assault Battalion (Camp Stanley, Korea). His follow on assignments included the 3-4 AVN BN, 4th ID (Ft Hood TX), Soto Cano Airbase, 228 AVN BN (Honduras) and the 1st ID, General Support Aviation Battalion, C-Co MEDEVAC (Ft Riley, KS). Shane's deployments include; 2 Combat tours in Iraq (OIF 05-06 & 2010-2011), Africa, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama. He has earned the Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge and the Jump Master Badge, as well as the Master Aviation Badge and various awards and ribbons. Shane's military history lends to the "Warrior's Ethos" he still follows today, embodying Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.
Shane's brother served as an infantryman in Iraq, his uncle served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War, his grandfather as an infantryman in WWII and his Father served as a US Marine for 28 years, and deployed to the Gulf War.