Staff Sgt. Applebaum enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2010. After completing BCT, DINFOS, and Airborne School he was assigned to the 3rd MISB(Airborne) at Fort Bragg, NC. While there, he participated in numerous CONUS missions and assignments, as well as Joint Exercise Balance Torch in Thailand in 2012, and deploying in support of SOCCENT in 2013.
In 2015, Staff Sgt. Applebaum was selected to serve at the White House Comm. Agency. During his four year assignment, he covered hundreds of White House events and traveled with the President on 149 trips all over the world. He was also selected to serve as an Interim Official Presidential Photographer, where he photographed the meetings, events, and daily lives of the President and Vice President.
In 2019, Staff Sgt. Applebaum joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and was assigned to the 982nd Signal Co. (COMCAM)(Airborne).
Staff Sgt. Applebaum's phone is filled with thousands of pictures of his dogs, and also a few of his fiancée, Dominique.