"MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS; THEY HAVE NO MAGIC TO STIR MEN'S BLOOD."
Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA from a young age, Jared has always been an outdoor and wilderness enthusiast. His enthusiasm for the outdoors and adventure manifested itself through his earning the rank of Eagle Scout, graduating from the United States Naval Academy, and becoming a Navy SEAL.
As a dual-warfare qualified Naval Officer, both SWO and SEAL, Jared spent eight years in the Naval Service. During his Active Duty years, he deployed to CENTCOM four times and is combat decorated, having been awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor and multiple Joint Awards.
A huge component of Jared’s life revolves around giving back to those veterans who have made monumental sacrifices in battle. Five years ago and shortly after his Teammate, SEAL Dan Cnossen, lost both his legs to a victim initiated IED, Jared founded the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, a 501(c)3, whose mission revolves around creating opportunities for combat wounded veterans post 9-11.
Since leaving the Active Duty component of the Naval Service, Jared has remained in the defense industry and is an advocate of the Department of Defense and its members. Jared continues to represent his brothers in arms on National Geographic Channel’s flagship Television program, Ultimate Survival Alaska. Additionally, Jared serves on U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s Academy Selection Committee and designs / endorses Camillus knives, where 100% of the profit from USA-made products is donated to veteran charities.
Jared couldn’t be more honored and humbled as a warrior and a proud American to be a part of the Kryptek Team. In his words, “For me, being on the Kryptek Pro Staff is like being at home. We are all like-minded in our interests and love for the outdoors, and we all want to make our country better…. and we will!”