Each month, Black Dog Hunting will feature one of the many selfless patriots we have supported through our nonprofit mission of connecting veterans with the outdoors!
Michael Hyams is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating High School, he enlisted in the Navy as a Submarine Duty Hospital Corpsman. After completing his enlistment he returned to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and worked in Law Enforcement while completing a Master in Business Administration and Technology Management.
In 2001, Mike was selected as a Veterans Claims Examiner at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Muskogee Processing Center. Over several years he promoted through the ranks and became a Senior Education Case Manager. In 2007 was relocated to Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington, DC to the education performance management team. While on this team Mike completed regional office site surveys and assisted in the start-up of the Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill for service members.
In 2009, Mike transferred to the US Marine Corps at Quantico and took over the Commandants Commanders Course, Russell Leadership Conference and the Marine Corps reading program. In 2015, Mike was selected to attend the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Directors course and in 2016 he was selected to attended the Executive Potential Program.
In 2017, Mike transferred to the Department of Energy as the Deputy Director of Resource Management, International Affairs. Mike currently serves as the HQ Security Officer.
Mike was recently married to his beautiful wife Christine. We have a big family with kids in college to middle school. Outside of work Mike likes to ride motocross with his kids, horseback ride with his wife, fish and golf.
Hello, my name is Sam Ancona. I was born and raised in Pasco County, Florida. I joined the United States Army in 2008 as a 91B (wheeled mechanic) with a 91S cross training (Stryker mechanic) Throughout my time in the Army, I was stationed Ft Lewis, Washington, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD (Heavy Wrecker Instructor) and Ft Polk, Louisiana. I was deployed to OIF in the years of 2009-2010, and I was also deployed OEF in the years 2011-2012. I got out of the Army as an SSG in 2014.
Following my years in the Army, I decided to go to UTI (Universal Technical Institute) to pursue a degree as a mechanic. I will continue my education by going to UTI to pursue a Ford master technician degree in the upcoming months. I am very big on family. I have a son named Braxton. I love being in the outdoors, and riding my motorcycle. I currently residing in Crystal River, Fl with my girlfriend. Pending her educational path, we hope to end up in North Carolina.
My name is Timothy Fermanis and I am originally from Aurora Colorado. I am a retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, and served from Nov 1978 to Sept 1999. I was a Communications Computer Operator and Programmer (3C072/3C071) and among other roles; was stationed with Central Command Air Forces for 4 years and deployed 7 times to the AOR in South West Asia. I was the Network Manager and went in to install initial internet capabilities at new bases to support the Air Tasking Orders. The Air Force is in my blood, my father joined the Army Air Corps in WWII and was a gunner on B-25s flying the China Burma India hump. He retired from the Air Force in 1966 after 24 years of service. I have immensely enjoyed my service in the Air Force and was stationed in Nebraska, 3 tours in Germany, a tour in Greece and South Carolina. I was given an incentive ride in an F-16, where we flew at 1000 knots and did a 9 ½ G turn. Awesome ride, and it pushed me to get my Private Pilot’s license. I enjoy golf, deer hunting and sailing. Currently I work for a Software Vendor and support the government in this capacity. I am married, have a daughter, 2 step-sons, and 2 grandchildren. I am an active member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Hello! My name is SFC Josh Taylor, and I am from Toledo, Ohio. I am an Active Duty Army Soldier, I have been enlisted for about 18 ½ years now, and my MOS is 12H (Construction Supervisor). Currently I am stationed at the Pentagon, and I should be moving to a new location within the next year as I have been selected for promotion. The Army has been my dream career since I was in the 2nd grade, and since then I have deployed overseas in support of the war on terrorism to Iraq (Mar 03 - Mar 04) (Nov 08 – Nov 09), Afghanistan (Jan 05 – Jan 06), and even spent time in Thailand under Operation Cobra Gold.
While in theater, my unit and I built many structures such as unit headquarters, and housing which replaced the dusty old tents many Service Members were calling home. As an Engineer I also had the task of route clearance which entails searching and clearing the roads of IED’s and possible enemy threats. In Thailand I was responsible for the construction of several schoolhouses in the most impoverished villages of Northern Thailand. Currently, I am assigned to the Joint Staff as a Project Manager with the Facilities Team and I am about to kick off several projects valued at just over a million dollars.
Outside of the Army, I am a huge family man. I have been married for 14 years, and we have six beautiful children. I am currently a student at American Military University, and just six credits shy of receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Religion. I love to run, and I am working on becoming the newest member of the 1000 mile run club at the Pentagon. On the weekends you can find me either spending time with my family, or out in the garage building something. As an avid woodworker I have built a lot of the furniture found in my house as well as pieces for others such as dining tables, desks, and even wall art. I look back on the choices I have made in life and see that there were forks in the road that I could have gone down, but had I gone down a different path it would have not led me to where I am and who I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful.