Tony Tinderholt is a father, veteran, and conservative Republican. Tony entered active duty Air Force in 1988 as a Spanish Cryptologic Linguist, taking part in counter drug missions across South and Central America. He later re-entered active duty in January 2002 after the events of September 11th. Tony worked as both a platoon leader and executive officer at the Company level and then as detachment commander for the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Major (R) Tinderholt then ran operations for the largest Recruiting Battalion in the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.