My name is James Eckert. I was born in Newton, Massachusetts and raised in Derry, New Hampshire. I studied Wildlife Ecology at the University of New Hampshire. I was a soldier in the Army National Guard from 2003 – 2009 as a cannon crew member, and a high mobility artillery rocket system crew member. I love the outdoors, especially the beach, and every summer look forward to spending the weekends with my family near Cape Cod. I am very excited that the SCA chose me to be a part of the Veteran Fire Corps, because it will open many doors for me within the US Forest Service, and other federal agencies, and give me a great experience working with wildfire management.