Commander Davis is a native of Cross, South Carolina. He graduated from the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in May of 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences. His first assignment was to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter DALLAS, a 378-foot cutter, home ported in Charleston, South Carolina as an Engineer Officer in Training. He transferred to the Marine Safety Office Jacksonville, Florida in June 1998. He qualified as a Marine Inspector and fleeted up to assistant Chief of the Inspection Department. After serving three years as a Marine Inspector, he served as Chief of the Response and Waterways management branch. He then transferred to Marine Safety Office Toledo, Ohio where he served as the Chief of the Inspection Department and Senior Investigating Officer from July 2002 until June 2005.