Please introduce us to your background and what prompted you to join the Army?

I was a normal kid raised in a very conservative family in north Texas. I wrestled growing up for different schools and leagues. I will never forget what brought me to the military, and that was my sophomore year in high school and watching those planes fly into those towers. Even if we were to go to war again, to this day, I would have no problem fighting for this country again.

Did you sign on with a Option 40 (Ranger contract) or volunteer while in basic training or airborne school? Why did you want to become a Ranger?

When I knew I wanted to fight for this country, I knew I wanted to do something in special operations, although I had no IDEA what special operations was other than watching Black Hawk Down.