Brian entered the U.S. Navy immediately after graduation. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Iowa to pursue a bachelor’s degree in history from Iowa State University where he met his wife of 27 years. He then attended the University of Iowa Law School. After passing the bar exam, he entered the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps where he spent 19 years living and working all over the U.S. and in Japan, Germany, Kuwait, and Qatar.
During his Air Force career, Brian took night classes to complete a master’s degree in history at Louisiana Tech University. He was also selected by the JAG Corps to attend the George Washington University Law School for an LL.M. degree (master of laws) in international law. He has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, NATO School Oberammergau, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy.
In 2016, Brian retired from the Air Force and was finally able to settle his family in one place. He and his wife selected Aberdeen, South Dakota, as the hometown for their daughters when he accepted a position teaching criminal justice and homeland security at Northern State University. In fact, Aberdeen is the longest he has lived anywhere since leaving his parent’s home for the Navy.