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My name is Chris. I am currently an active duty Marine Corps Captain preparing to transition to the civilian sector. I've been a Marine for 21 years now and will be retiring May 1, 2019. On 10 May 2019, I will set out on a 2,650 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail traveling from the U.S/Mexican border in Campo, California to the U.S./Canadian border in Northern Washington. It will take me approximately five months to complete.

I joined the Corps fresh out of high school at 18 years old from Indianapolis, IN. Spent the first 10 years enlisted (Private to GySgt) and received a regular appointment as a Warrant Officer (Ammunition Officer/2340) in 2009. I completed three combat tours (1 Iraq / 2 Afg) and made it to the rank of Captain (LDO). I've had some of the coolest fn jobs the Corps has to offer. From loading bombs and Missiles on F/A-18 Marine fighter Jets as a junior Marine, slaying recruits as a Drill Instructor/Senior Drill Instructor, Engaging enemy targets as a Huey Door Gunner, leading my own platoon into combat, and commanding an entire Company of Marines, my life has been nothing less than an adrenaline-packed, crazy adventure.

I have traveled the world many times, lived, laughed and loved, but all of it has been as a United States Marine. Retiring is making me anxious and I'm not too sure what kind of "civilian" I'm going to be or what I want to do job wise post-Corps. I do know that I have absolutely zero interest in an office job sitting behind a damn computer wasting away the second-half of my life.

I want to continue living my life to the fullest like I have for the last 21 years!
For the last 15 yrs I have been married to the beautiful Christy Roy. She has been my rock and has stuck with me through many tough times, even when she shouldn't have stuck around. Simply put, she is amazing and sexy af. 😉

This leads me to why I've decided to write this blog. Since I am retiring on May 1st, 2019, I thought thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail would be a great way for me to find my new me as a "newb" civilian. I will take the first six months out of the Corps to demilitarize and expel some of these demons.

As a Marine, hiking has been a integral part of my life. It's a different type of hiking (not usually fun being force-marched with a 50-70lb pack on your back at 3.5 Mph), but it has definitely been ingrained in me.
As far as this blog goes, my plan is to blog each night about my day on the trail. I'm planning for about 20 miles a day, but who knows. Maybe I'll do more, maybe less. I'm pumped about all the people I will meet and good/bad times I will have. I think this will be a great way to document my transition to civilian life and keep my life adventure meter from bottoming out!
I start hiking on 10 May 2019!
Until then, fam! 🤙
My name is Chris. I am currently an active duty Marine Corps Captain preparing to transition to the civilian sector. I've been a Marine for 21 years now and will be retiring May 1, 2019. On 10 May 2019, I will set out on a 2,650 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail traveling from the U.S/Mexican border in Campo, California to the U.S./Canadian border in Northern Washington. It will take me approximately five months to complete.

I joined the Corps fresh out of high school at 18 years old from Indianapolis, IN. Spent the first 10 years enlisted (Private to GySgt) and received a regular appointment as a Warrant Officer (Ammunition Officer/2340) in 2009. I completed three combat tours (1 Iraq / 2 Afg) and made it to the rank of Captain (LDO). I've had some of the coolest fn jobs the Corps has to offer. From loading bombs and Missiles on F/A-18 Marine fighter Jets as a junior Marine, slaying recruits as a Drill Instructor/Senior Drill Instructor, Engaging enemy targets as a Huey Door Gunner, leading my own platoon into combat, and commanding an entire Company of Marines, my life has been nothing less than an adrenaline-packed, crazy adventure.

I have traveled the world many times, lived, laughed and loved, but all of it has been as a United States Marine. Retiring is making me anxious and I'm not too sure what kind of "civilian" I'm going to be or what I want to do job wise post-Corps. I do know that I have absolutely zero interest in an office job sitting behind a damn computer wasting away the second-half of my life.

I want to continue living my life to the fullest like I have for the last 21 years!
For the last 15 yrs I have been married to the beautiful Christy Roy. She has been my rock and has stuck with me through many tough times, even when she shouldn't have stuck around. Simply put, she is amazing and sexy af. 😉

This leads me to why I've decided to write this blog. Since I am retiring on May 1st, 2019, I thought thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail would be a great way for me to find my new me as a "newb" civilian. I will take the first six months out of the Corps to demilitarize and expel some of these demons.

As a Marine, hiking has been a integral part of my life. It's a different type of hiking (not usually fun being force-marched with a 50-70lb pack on your back at 3.5 Mph), but it has definitely been ingrained in me.
As far as this blog goes, my plan is to blog each night about my day on the trail. I'm planning for about 20 miles a day, but who knows. Maybe I'll do more, maybe less. I'm pumped about all the people I will meet and good/bad times I will have. I think this will be a great way to document my transition to civilian life and keep my life adventure meter from bottoming out!
I start hiking on 10 May 2019!
Until then, fam! 🤙

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