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Obsidian Spotlight: Andrew McCormick

Updated: Apr 8, 2022

  1. What is your role at Obsidian? How long have you been here? Network Security Engineer. I have been a member of the Obsidian team for 1 year.

  2. What has been one of your proudest moments while working with Obsidian? My proudest moment has been redesigning AEDC’s SIPR Network, teaching my team how to implement routed infrastructure in an encrypted environment, and collaboratively deploying the solutions on AEDC’s network infrastructure.

  3. What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it? The last book I read was The Richest Man In Babylon - George S. Classon. I highly recommend it! “Wealth, like a tree, grows from a tiny seed. The first copper you save is the seed from which your tree of wealth shall grow. The sooner you plant that seed, the sooner shall the tree grow. And the more faithfully you nourish and water that tree with consistent savings, the sooner may you bask in contentment beneath its shade.” George S. Clason, The Richest Man in Babylon

  4. What ranks number one on your bucket list? The number one item on my bucket list is retiring early and spending time with my children.

  5. What's one thing you learned last year? Happiness is subjective and memories are more valuable than possessions.

Andrew McCormick grew up in Manchester, TN the home of only two things: Bonnaroo Music Festival and Arnold Air Force Base. After highschool, he served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Cyber Network Administrator. During his time in the USMC, Andrew was stationed aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan where he learned to build DOD networks. In Japan, he enjoyed snowboarding, Ichiraku Ramen, and fresh crayons. Andrew decided to end active duty service to start a family, and moved back to his hometown. He accepted a job opportunity to build classified networks for AEDC in 2017, and continues to serve AEDC as a Network Security Engineer on the BCITS II contract. Andrew enjoys many hobbies. He loves personal finance, building gaming desktops / crypto mining farms, hunting, a beer with friends at Common John's Brewery, and most of all: spending time with his amazing wife and 3 children. Andrew is a member of the FIRE(Financial Independence / Retire Early) community and Tennessee Free and Accepted Mason Lodge #382. Andrew hopes to retire early, open a small business, and travel with his family.

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