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, 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/ﬁsheries enforcement and search and rescue. I’ve been out of the service for over four 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 for a graduate program at Slippery Rock University, completing an M.S. in Sustainable Systems this past spring. I was a Veterans Fire Corps member last summer in the Black Hills, and I spent this summer completing the Aerie Semester in Wilderness Medicine. I love the outdoors and any excuse to get out—backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking, hunting, ﬁshing, etc. I’m deﬁnitely looking forward to another stint with the Veterans Fire Corps.