“That which does not kill me makes me stronger”
Bring the Pain
Former Special Forces, Infantry
Civilian Training: Multiple Survival Instructor Certifications
U.S. Army Infantry Combat Vet.
Served with 75th Ranger Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division
Extensive Combat training in both Urban and Wilderness environment
Training in Combat Medical care
Training in Close Quarters Combat
Extensive Leadership Training
Alderleaf Wilderness Survival Instructor Program Graduate (2yr course)
NOLS Alumni (National Outdoor Leadership School)
Wilderness First Aid cert.
Wilderness First Responder cert.
Cyber Tracker Certified
Track and Sign level 3
Various Martial Arts Training
Various Leadership courses
Like most people in this business I grew up with a fondness for the wilderness. Raised in a lower middle class family in a small rural town in southern Missouri there wasn’t much else to keep my mind occupied so I sought adventure in the wooded hills and fields of my home. I found inspiration for my youthful exploits in the books I read which in turn would inspire me to the choices in my life.
I read everything from military history and philosophy to the classics such as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island as well as a fascination with the American Mountain Man era and early frontier days. Needless to say my future seemed pretty predictable.
I promptly joined the Army right out of high school in 2001 with the hopes of adventure shortly there after 9/11 happened.
I spent the next several years serving as an Infantry man in units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division. After I got out in 2013 I quickly discovered the world had changed more than I thought. Regular civilian life didn’t suit me well and I once again sought solis in my old books. It was by pure accident that I found out that I could be an Outdoor and Wilderness teacher and so started my newest adventure.
I spent 5 years bouncing around from school to school all over the U.S. hunting down certification after certification. There was some hard times but never once gave up. Now I’m where I belong, ready to teach and assist others along their own path here at SIGMA 3.