My name is Jerod Jazenski, I was born and raised in Erie, PA. After high school, I went to the Coast Guard Academy for my undergraduate in New London, CT and then served a little over five years in the service. I was stationed primarily in Alameda, CA, Washington, DC, and Mobile, AL. Positions held included deck watch (ship driving), boarding team member, helicopter control, and intelligence analysis. Deployments for me typically meant either the Bering Sea or the Eastern Pacific off of Central or South America. The primary missions were drug enforcement, fisheries enforcement, and search and rescue. I’ve been out of the service for over two years at this point; I took close to a year for a lengthy backpacking trip (Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America), and went back to school last summer for a graduate program at Slippery Rock University (in PA). I’m nearing completion of an M.S. in Sustainable Systems, and this work with the SCA is counting towards my internship. I love the outdoors and any excuse to get out—backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, etc. I’m definitely looking forward to this summer in the Black Hills with you all.