Courtland joined the U.S. Navy following the September 11, 2001 attacks. Courtland served as an intelligence analyst with the USS Bonhomme Richard, SEAL Team 5 (NOT A SEAL), Navy Special Warfare Unit 3, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. His final assignment was a tour with the U.S. Embassy in Panama.
Courtland’s experience, with four deployments in the Middle East as an intelligence analyst, taught him the value of the “Team.” Every Navy sailor knows teamwork is the key to success. For every SEAL Courtland worked with, he learned that teamwork was ground into every fiber of the Special Operator’s being at the atomic level. Courtland wants to take those lessons with him to the Senate. As a leader, Courtland will target and weed out special interest and self-serving politicians, and reconstruct a high functioning Senate to better serve the people.
After four deployments to the Middle East, two of which Courtland volunteered for, he was selected to be apart of a diplomatic envoy from the Defense Intelligence Agency to focus on Nation Defense concerns while serving in a diplomatic capacity in the U.S. Embassy, Panama.
Courtland left the military in 2011 to complete an ALB in Government from Harvard University where he studied Constitutional Law under the Assistant Dean of Harvard Law School.
At Harvard, Courtland met and was engaged to Chanel Rion. After her graduation, both moved back to Missouri to start a family.