The American Backpacker

ABOUT ME

I enjoy adventures in remote and rugged wilderness areas throughout North America.  I started this website to provide you with product reviews, survival tips, and important backpacking information to make your stay in a wilderness area enjoyable and safe.

My background and experience as a wilderness adventurer began in the military (1983).   I served and trained with very elite and distinguished units.

MILITARY UNITS

  • US Army’s 10th Mountain Division (1st Battalion 22nd Infantry).
  • US Army’s 3rd Squadron 5th U.S Calvalry.
  • US Army Airborne School.
  • US Army Ranger’s (Ranger School).
  • US Army Special Forces (SFAS Training).

MY MILITARY TRAINING

  • Survival Training
  • Mountaineering
  • Patrol Tactics
  • Medical Training
  • Land Navigation
  • Leadership Schools
  • Nuclear Biological and Chemical Training
  • Infantry (Fire Team Leader)

During my tour of duty with the 10 Mountain Division, I attended the U.S Army’s Ranger School, (Class 12-86) where I earned my Ranger Tab.  In 1991, I attended and successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, (SFAS) at Fort Bragg North Carolina.

I began my training as a Special Forces Medic, (18D), at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During my training with the Special Forces, I sustained a traumatic injury during an airborne operation. These injuries resulted in me being medically discharged from the Army. 

US Army Rangers
US Army Ranger Class 12-86 (Top Row Right 2nd in from the letter R)

EDUCATION

After my discharge, I attended Saint Mary’s University located in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated with my B.B.A. (Bachelors) in International Business. I then attended Law School in Massachusetts where I received my JD Degree (Juris Doctorate) in Law. After graduation, I missed the military life style and structure, and I began a career in Law Enforcement. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT

During my Law Enforcement Career, I have served with (3) agencies. Currently I am a Deputy Sheriff in Orlando, Florida with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office .

  • Raymond Police Department (New Hampshire)
  • Rockingham Sheriff’s Office (New Hampshire)
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office (Florida) Current

Between 2008, to 2010, I took a leave of absence and became a US contractor in Afghanistan. I was embedded with a specialized military unit where I spent one year in Jalalabad (Jbad), Afghanistan. I trained, mentored, and advised, the Afghan National Police (ANP) in various police tactics and training.  During my tour of duty, I saw and experienced many things to include combat. My diverse military background, law enforcement career, and my years of wilderness backpacking experience is what I bring to you.

CONCLUSION

There area many remote and rugged wilderness areas in the United States that can open up a new world for those individuals seeking solitude and adventure. Please follow along as I share my knowledge and experience with you to make your stay in a wilderness area more memorable but more importantly safe.