The American Backpacker

My Background

THE AMERICAN BACKPACKER

I enjoy backpacking 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 backpacker began in the military after graduating from High School (1983).   I served and trained with very elite and distinguished units.

MILITARY UNITS I SERVED WITH

  • 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)

While serving with the 10th 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 Selection and Assessment Course, (SFAS) located in Fort Bragg North Carolina.

I was selected and began my training as a Special Forces Medic (18D) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. During my training, I sustained a traumatic injury during an airborne operation. I was medically discharged from the Army.

US Army Rangers

EDUCATION

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

LAW ENFORCEMENT

During my Law Enforcement Career I have served with 3 agencies. I currently work as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Between 2008 to 2010, I took a leave of absence from the Sheriff’s Office and I became a US contractor in Afghanistan. I spent one year in Jalalabad (Jbad), Afghanistan, embedded with a specialized military unit. I trained, mentored, and advised the Afghan National Police (ANP) in various Police tactics.  During my tour, I saw and experienced many things to include combat. My diverse Military Background, Law Enforcement Career, Education, and my years of Wilderness Backpacking experience is what I bring to you.

Pictures From My Tour in Afghanistan

Conclusion

There are many remote and rugged Wilderness Areas in North America that can provide you solitude and adventure.  Follow along, as I share with you my knowledge and experience to make your stay in a wilderness area memorable but more importantly safe.

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