Recent Photo My name is Dean Wagner, I am a Photographer, Videographer, and Full-Stack Web and Mobile Application Developer. This website is intended as an online portfolio of my various professions, as well as some of my personal background so that anyone considering my services can better get to know who I am. I humbly invite you to look around and explore the various sections of this site that may be of interest to you.

Below you will find information on my personal background, such as education, military history, and volunteer service. The navigation bar above will take you to specific areas of professional interest and my contact information. I appreciate you taking the time to view my site and your consideration for any services that I offer.

Formal Education

Thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill I have attended school on and off at Eastern Florida State College since 2008 to achieve degrees in multiple fields.

Community Service

Governor Rick Scott I am an active member of several Veteran Service Organizations and have spent countless hours volunteering to assist both the Veteran and general community, such as working to facilitate aid to homeless Veterans and assisting relief efforts to communities hit by natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led international non‑profit humanitarian organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals, first responders, and civilian volunteers to rapidly deploy teams for mitigation, relief, and recovery efforts to communities affected by disasters and humanitarian crises both domestically and abroad. Services are provided free of charge and are completely funded by corporate and personal donations.

I joined TR in mid 2018 and have served on a multitude of local and national operations in a vast variety of roles from General Responder to the Command and General Staff of a major Type 1 incident. I was accepted into the Clay Hunt Fellows Program (Base Camp 8) in October 2021 and graduated from the program in April 2022.

Operations & Projects
  • 08/2018: Service Project - Hurricane Irma Recovery
    Bunnell, FL - Roof Tarping
  • 09/2018: Service Project - Hurricane Irma Recovery
    Big Pine Key, FL - Muck-Outs
  • 10/2018: Amberjack - Hurricane Michael Response
    Marianna, FL - Strike Team Leader, Roof Tarping
  • 09/2020: Kick the King - COVID-19 Response
    Van Nuys, CA - General Responder, Testing Center
  • 09/2021: Won't Bow Down - Hurricane Ida Response
    Houma, LA - Sawyer 1
  • 10/2021: Won't Bow Down - Hurricane Ida Response
    LaPlace, LA - Sawyer 1
  • 08/2022: Appalachian Spirit - Flood Response
    Clay County, KY - Strike Team Leader, Muck-Outs
  • 09/2022: LA County Mudslides - Flood Response
    Lake Hughes, CA - RECON
  • 10/2022: Sunshine Strong - Hurricane Ian Response
    Lee County, FL - Sawyer 1
  • 11/2022: Sunshine Strong - Hurricane Ian Response
    Charlotte County, FL - Planning Section Chief
  • 12/2022: Sunshine Strong - Hurricane Ian Response
    Lee County, FL - Strike Team Leader, Sawyer 1
  • 01/2023: River Rain - Flood Response
    Ventura County, CA - Planning Section Chief
  • 02/2023: Tercera Vez - Wildfire Mitigation
    Niland, CA - Advanced Sawyer 1
  • Core Operations (Muck-Outs, Debris Management)
  • Tools, Tactics, & Techniques (T3)
  • Strike Team Leader
  • Sawyer 1 (Superseded)
  • Advanced Sawyer 1 (AS1)
  • Site Survey (Damage Assessment)
  • Reconnaissance & Advanced Echelon (RECON/ADVON)
  • Planning Section Chief (PSC)
  • Operations Section Chief (OSC)
  • Safety Officer (SOFR)
  • Home Ignition Zone (HIZ)
  • FEMA ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents
  • FEMA ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System
  • FEMA G-191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
  • FEMA IS-2200: Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions
  • FEMA IS-800: Introduction to the National Response Framework
  • FEMA IS-700: Introduction to the National Incident Management
  • FEMA IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas
  • FEMA IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Team
  • FEMA IS-315: CERT and the Incident Command System
  • FEMA IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
  • FEMA IS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • FEMA IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness
  • NFPA Reducing Wildfire Risk to Property - Professional
  • NFPA Reducing Wildfire Risk to Property - Protecting Your Home or Business
  • NDLSF SALT Mass Casualty Triage
  • UNDSS BSAFE - Basic Security and Awareness in the Field
  • HHI Building a Better Response

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, it is the nation's largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans organization. It provides a plethora of services to war veterans, to include, but not limited to:

  • Educating separating service members about their well-earned benefits through private benefits counseling sessions with a VFW Service Officer.
  • Providing training to VFW Service Officers on signs of emotional suffering so they can better direct veterans to programs and services.
  • Helps cover rent, utilities or groceries for a military families struggling with the hardships of war.
  • Delivers morale-boosting "Welcome Home" celebrations for service members who have returned from combat.
  • Facilitates a sense of community and comradely where veterans can feel comfortable with those who have shared similar experiences of being engaged in armed conflicts overseas.

I became a Life Member of the VFW shortly after returning from my first deployment to Iraq in late 2007. Since joining, I worked on a multitude of construction and landscaping projects to improve the facilities at several posts in the Florida Space Coast area, as well as provided basic services for elderly and disabled Veterans both within and outside of the organization.

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is an association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. As a registered 501(c)(19) veterans’ charity, the CVMA mission is to support and protect those who have defended our country and our freedoms. The CVMA focus is to provide assistance and help to individual veterans, veteran care facilities, other veteran organizations and registered charities. The CVMA sponsors and participates in many veteran-related motorcycle (and other) charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donates to various veteran causes.

I joined the CVMA (20-1) in 2016. As a member I have performed many veteran funeral escorts in conjunction with the Patriot Guard Riders, attended and assisted a multitude of charity and fund-raising events for both veteran causes and needs in the community, as well as provided general services to veterans in need, both within and outside of the organization. I also served as the lead coordinator for the Homeless Veteran Outreach Initiative where we sought out homeless Veterans by visiting homeless encampments to collect the information of any veterans within them in order to facilitate the connection between them and the various service organizations that could provide them assistance; as well as bringing them food and clothing donations and ensuring they had bus tokens so that they could access the local VA clinic and make their appointments.

Military Service

Iraq Photo I served 8 years in the United States Army as a Combat Engineer; to include 2 deployments to Iraq totaling 2 years and 3 months in combat conducting Route Clearance Patrols, Counter-IED Operations, Reconnaissance Missions, and Personal Security Details.

I served from October 2004 to September 2012. I was Active Duty from enlistment until February 2008, and in the Reserves for the remainder of my time. I deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from August of 2006 until November of 2007 while on AD for an extended 15-month deployment during "The Surge". I then returned to Iraq, this time to Balad, from February 2010 to February 2011 during Operation New Dawn with the USAR.

While serving I was awarded a multitude of commendations, to include—but not limited to—multiple Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Badge. I separated from the Army as a Non-Commissioned Officer, having attained the rank of Sergeant (E5), with an Honorable Discharge.

Route Clearance Patrol