Originally from Katy, Texas, Zach has been in the North Texas area since 2005. He enlisted as an Engineer, Carpentry / Masonry Specialist in the Active Duty Army and served from 2002 – 2004. He was assigned to the B Company 46th Engineer Battalion stationed at Ft Rucker, Alabama and was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003. His unit’s missions were to build enemy prisoner of war camps, repair supply routes, and build wash racks and other structures to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed he was lead machine gunner for most of his unit’s convoy operations.
Zach reenlisted in the Army Reserves in 2006 out of the Inactive Ready Reserve. He is currently a Sergeant First Class / E-7 assigned to the 444th Engineer Facilities Detachment (2015) where he is a Senior Construction Supervisor. He was previously assigned to the 284th Engineer Company in Seagoville, TX, as a Construction Engineering Supervisor and Squad Leader (2008) and prior to that at the A Company 980th Engineer Battalion in Grand Prairie (2006). At the company level, he has been awarded Soldier of the Year for 2007, Non Commissioned Officer of the Year for 2010 and 2011. He advanced through the Best Warrior Competitions at the company, battalion and brigade levels to compete at the 416th Theater Engineer Command’s Regional level in 2012. Zach was on the Commandant’s List at Advanced Leader Course (2015), Distinguished Leadership Award recipient at Warrior Leader Course (2009), Distinguished Honor Graduate at Advanced Individual Training (2002), and USAA Honor Award recipient at Basic Combat Training (2002). He has been awarded two Army Commendation Medals and four Army Achievement Medals. He has supported missions in Panama, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas as a Reservist. In September of 2013 through September of 2014 he and his unit were called to Active Duty. They deployed to Afghanistan with a mission of training and advising the Afghan National Army (ANA) to become construction engineers in RC North where he served as the Training Noncommissed Officer in Charge of the ANA’s 209th Kandek. While deployed, he completed Sexual Harassment / Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) training and became his unit’s SHARP Unit Victim Advocate.
Zach graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in December 2011 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Public Affairs. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UTD in the spring of 2013. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Affairs degree from UTD.
Zach served in an internship for three semesters and later became a Senior Secretary for the Dallas County Veterans Service Office from 2011 – 2012. He has been a Collin County Veterans Service Officer since April of 2012 and is a member of the Veterans County Service Officers Association of Texas (VCSOAT). In September 2014 he was elected to serve as President of the VCSOAT. In 2015 he was appointed by the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to serve on the TVC Veterans County Service Officer Advisory Committee. He is a VA accredited representative of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, TVC, The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). He is a member of the Collin County Veterans Court Team, Collin County Veterans Coalition, and Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas. Zach has assisted claimants receive over $12 million in VA benefits during his time with Collin County.
Zach met his wife, who is currently in the Air Force Reserves, while at Advanced Individual Training in 2002 at the naval base in Gulfport, MS. They have been married since June of 2011. She served over ten years enlisted at two Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) units and deployed to Iraq in 2005. She is currently a Captain and Equal Opportunity Officer for the 301st Fighter Wing, at the NAS JRB in Fort Worth, TX. Both he and his wife plan on retiring as Reservists.