John grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and spent the majority of his childhood competing on the junior US National Luge Team. After high school, John joined the Marine Corps in 2000, served a tour in Iraq, and ended his eight years of service in Okinawa, Japan. After separating in 2008, John continues to serve this great country as a Department of Defense civilian. When John is not stuck in the cube farm or traveling for work, you can find him outdoors hiking in the Shenandoah National Park with his family, hitting the local crags, or traveling to attend mountaineering and alpine courses to further his experiences. John currently lives in Northern Virginia and continues to serve the veteran community through Veterans Expeditions.