After growing up in Oregon, Mike joined the U.S. Army as an airborne infantryman. Over his nearly thirty-year career, he went on to serve as a tank commander, motorcycle scout, loadmaster, First Sergeant, and senior advisor to Mongolian forces. His education includes the U.S. Army Jungle Warfare Course, Cold Weather Leader Course, and the Malaysian Tracker’s Course. Mike is a master mechanic and works as a contracted technician in remote locations around Alaska.