John Hardy was born on Aug 3, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he lived until he was 18 years old. Growing up, John had a keen mind for the military and often dressed as military members for Halloween. While in High School, John juggled the duties of the local Marine ROTC program with playing for the high school football team. John graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in English. John went on to become an Intelligence Officer in the US Marine Corps, deploying twice to Habbaniyah and al-Qaim, Iraq from 2006-2008 with an Infantry Battalion, and twice more to Helmand Province, Afghanistan between 2009-2012. He is currently forward-deployed in support of worldwide crisis response.