Michael J. Penney is a Marine combat veteran of Ramadi, Iraq; Kajaki and Sangin, Afghanistan. He served with 3/7 weapons company deploying twice to Ramadi, Iraq in (2005/2006) and 2007. Reenlisting during his second tour, Michael transferred to Quantico to become an instructor. He is certified as a combat marksmanship coach, trainer and instructor trainer. He’s a formal school instructor, school trained designated marksman and foreign weapons instructor. In 2010 Michael deployed on a third combat tour, this time with 1st battalion 5th Marines, leading a section of advisors through Kajaki and Sangin Afghanistan. Having served in two wars in 8 years of service as an infantryman and weapons instructor, Michael left the Marine Corps as a Sergeant.
Now he is an entrepreneur and public speaker.
In 2015 Michael co-founded Cigars and Sea Stories, a podcast devoted to sharing stories with veterans who are adding value to the world. March of 2016 he presented at TEDx Raleigh, “What’s Your IED: How to Add Value to During Life's Explosive Situations” - in an effort to bridge the life of veterans and civilians.
Having successfully navigated the transition from service member to veteran, Michael now supports fellow veterans seeking the entrepreneurial lifestyle. He currently works as program director for Bunker Labs RDU, calling upon his military experience to assess, train, advise, and assist veterans in business creation.