It’s the strangest thing in the world ya know? Stumbling through this way of life, figuring it all out as I go. I don’t want fame, fortune or glory (….ok a little bit of fortune would be nice, a man has to eat); I just enjoy what I’m doing and oddly enough seem to be getting it right, at least that’s what I’m told. I’m not particularly above average in any particular combat skill; except for marksmanship, I can shoot well enough I guess. The fact of the matter is that I’m drawn to it like so many other wandering souls who have found their way to the Middle East in search of something.

I have always spent a great deal of my time pursuing the craft of a modern warrior, I research and study everything and anything I can about modern tactics and techniques. Through my eager tenacity, I have developed a wide range of knowledge and skills just through research and obviously training in them as often as I can. I’m certain I would not be standing where I am today without this and credit is due to the many people who have helped me along the way.

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It all started with what I would call the “Volunteer Surge”, when dozens of Westerners were traveling to Syria and Iraq to join Kurdish forces in their fight against the Islamic State. It’s hard to put a timeline on it but I’d have to say it was around mid 2014. I remember seeing Jordan Matson’s face plastered all over the place and on every major media outlet. It kind of hit me then that this was something I needed to do, I can’t give any one particular reason but next thing I knew had purchased a plane ticket and had made contact with a group of foreign fighters based out of Kirkuk with the Peshmerga.