Mike Turkenkopf joined the Navy when he was 19 because the aspiring chef was sick of working seven nights a week in south Florida restaurants.
More than 26 years later, Turkenkopf is ready to return to civilian life. But the explosive ordnance technician has no plans to become a cook again.
Instead, he intends to leverage his experiences working with Navy SEALs to transition to the corporate world. He is among the first 20 graduates of The Honor Foundation’s East Coast institute , which prepares special operators for the business world before or shortly after they leave military service.