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Sean R. Hoyden

Sean R. Hoyden
photographer

Sean originally hails from a small town in Northern New York which is closer to Montreal than it is to any major US city.  (No, not Albany!)  Growing up up mostly under the watchful eye of his grandparents, who were dairy farmers like many in the agriculture-rich countryside of Northern New York.   Being raised by his grandparents was necessitated by having single Mother worked night shifts as a nurse at a nearby retirement home.  To suggest that Sean was a bit of a cretin-though he did drive his grandparents and assorted aunts and uncles crazy with his antics-would be a tremendous overstatement, that was until he became a teenager.
 
After a rather tumultuous teenage and high school life, Sean joined the Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command Great Lakes on Thanksgiving Night in 1996. In early 1997, he reported to Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida.  Sean spent the next year training to be an Electronics Warfare Technician (EW) and eventually reported to his first ship, the USS Tortuga (LSD-46) in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  While on sea duty for most of the next 6 1/2 years, he also served aboard the USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), the USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).  Sean completed deployments around the South American continent, the Mediterranean, the Baltic and most everywhere else.   He met and served with some of the greatest men and women our country has ever known, some of which never came home. 
 
In 2003, Sean was assigned to a government agency in the DC/Metro region, and he ultimately left the Navy in 2006 after 10 years of distinguished service. 
 
Sean moved back to his hometown in Northern NY and after various railroad jobs didn’t pan out due to the sluggish economy, he decided to return to Virginia.  Since 2007, Sean has worked for Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and The SI Organization in various capacities relating to intelligence collection for both the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.  Currently, works as an Operations Officer at the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC).   

In his free time, he enjoys camping, working on and riding his 2007 Harley Davidson Road King, model railroading, downhill skiing/snowboarding, grilling and of course, photography.  Probably some other stuff in there too, but that’s all that comes to mind right now.