Borne The Battle 140: Danny Chung – Marine Veteran, Chief of Staff, Microsoft Military Affairs


WASHINGTON, DC – Danny Chung is an example of a Veteran who found a way to give back to the transitioning active-duty community. During a recent trip down memory lane with me at the Defense Information School, we talked about his new role and how that it is having an impact on military installations around the country. Over 12 years ago, he was the commanding officer on Ft. Meade, where I learned my trade. Today, he is the chief of staff for military affairs at Microsoft.

Danny currently has three focuses:
  • Veteran Employment
  • Military Spouse Employment
  • Exposing children of service-members to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with Microsoft Youth Spark


With transitioning Veterans, Danny’s team is trying to do is fill a gap in the civilian workforce. At any given time, there are over 500,000 open jobs in the computer industry. The current education system is producing only 49,000 computer science majors a year. Danny’s goal is to fill the gap with the 250,000 service-members that are annually exiting the military and joining the workforce.

One solution is the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA). It is an 18-week course that active duty can take on base towards the end of their service. They offer training in high demand fields like cloud development, cloud administration, cyber-security, databases and business intelligence administration. In addition, graduates are guaranteed an interview with Microsoft or an industry partner. There are currently 15 military bases that offer the MSSA.


Currently, Danny’s biggest drive is to help military spouses find gainful employment in the technology industry.  The Military Spouse Technology Academy is an effort by Danny’s team to combat the military spouse 18% unemployment and 53% underemployment rates.


In addition, we talk about his service, difficulties transitioning during the Great Recession, and his feelings on artificial intelligence taking over the planet.



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Tanner Iskra

Tanner Iskra joined the VA in 2018 and is the host of the VA’s podcast, “Borne the Battle.” He is a proud United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as an administrator, an intel analyst and as a combat videographer/photographer. During his military career he deployed to OIF III to spent time in many countries as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. After leaving active duty, Tanner was a Senior Post Production Editor with NASCAR Productions. Tanner is a graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies and holds a Certificate in Military Motion Media from the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.


  1. Jane    

    If we produce everything with bots whose going to buy/ or trade?

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