My name is Will Hagen and I am from the ﬁne state of New Jersey. I grew up half an hour from New York City, an hour from the Pocono mountains, and two hours away from the Jersey Shore. During high school and much of college I was a volunteer ﬁreﬁghter in my hometown. The ﬁrst half of my college experience was spent at the Military College of Vermont and the other at the Liberal Arts College of New Jersey which as you can imagine are two very different places. While in college I did everything from training with a mountain warfare unit to managing a neuroscience lab. I am currently the project leader for the DRC’s Kiavah Wilderness crew. I love this job because it allows me to use so much of my previous training and life experience. The desert is an amazing place and I am looking forward to spending the next few months of my life here.