A native of Pensacola, Florida, Captain Maxwell enlisted in 1986 and received his commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1999. His enlisted sea assignments as an Operations Specialist include USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS KIDD (DDG 993). During his tour in these ships, he completed five deployments. He also held NECs as an ASTAC, AIC, and SYS-2 Operator. Ashore, he served at RTC Orlando where he became a Range Master and earned his certification as a Master Training Specialist; Nuclear Power School where he served as the Education Services Officer (ESO) and was selected as an Officer Candidate in the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1996.