John grew up in Hawaii and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 with a BS in Mathematics and then in 1990 from Penn State with a Masters (M Eng) in Nuclear Engineering. He served onboard USS Olympia (SSN 717, a Los Angeles Class Nuclear Powered Fast Attack Submarine) from 1991 till 1994, and then on the Operations Staff for the Commander Anti-Submarine Warfare U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1994 thru 1996, both in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. John spent two additional years in the Reserves and completed his Naval Submarine Service as a Lieutenant Commander.
Since 1996, John has lived near Arlington, Washington, 40 miles North of Seattle, with his wife, Heidi, and their son, Van. He is the President/Owner of McKeon Financial (www.mckeonfinancial.com). John and Heidi are both active members of Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue (SCVSAR) (www.scvsar.org; the website includes the story of how their son and his friends were rescued by SCVSAR). He and his wife are both Team Leaders with the Operations Support Unit of SCVSAR.
Despite his Naval Nuclear and Operations background, until December 2016, John was as unaware as the vast majority of Americans regarding the magnitude of the threats to our electric power grid and our critical infrastructures. After reading the book, One Second After, by William R. Forstchen, John chose to verify statements in the book’s forward and story by reading the 2004 and 2008 Congressional EMP Commission Reports. He was astounded by the staggering loss of life projections that a sustained loss of our power grid would incur, and was appalled to learn no significant action had been taken to protect Americans in the 13 years since the first Congressional EMP Commission Report of 2004. After intense study on the subject and recognizing the extreme urgency of the situation, John reached out to volunteer whatever services he could provide.