Captain Fink’s Navy service extended over 31 years before his retirement in December 2022. Commissioned from Texas A&M University in 1989, he served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Wisconsin (BB 64) and USS Hawes (FFG 53) before leaving Active Duty in March 1993 and affiliating with the Reserves. His Reserve positions were primarily in the Expeditionary Warfare area, serving nine years with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), twelve years within Naval Coastal Warfare, Maritime Expeditionary Security and Coastal Riverine Security Forces, and three and a half years activated in different Officer in Charge positions within Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC). The numerous positions held included three Command tours leading Inshore Boat Unit TWO Eight, Maritime Expeditionary Security Boat Division Charleston, and Coastal Riverine Squadron ONE. His final position was deployed to Bahrain as the Deputy Commander of Combined Task Force ONE FIVE TWO, a coalition task force comprised of personnel from nine-member country maritime forces with the responsibility for Maritime Security and Capacity Building within the Arabian Gulf. Though a Reserve Officer, Captain Fink was first recalled to Active Duty immediately following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and completed nearly 11 years of mobilizations before his retirement, including six years deployed throughout the Middle East.
Through his Navy Service, Captain Fink is authorized to wear the Surface Warfare Officer, Command at Sea, Command Ashore, Small Craft and SCUBA Insignias, as well as numerous personal, Unit and campaign awards.
When not serving his country with the U. S. Navy, CAPT Fink served as a law enforcement professional, compiling 27 ½ years of credited service. He retired from the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in February 2017 due to his extended activations and deployments with the Navy.
Besides working as a board member for Palmetto Military Support Group, Captain Fink has volunteered with the United Services Organization (USO) of South Carolina and Soldier’s Angels.
Captain Fink currently works as a contractor with Naval Health Clinic Charleston, providing support to the new Electronic Health Record which was launched locally in September 2022.