Jim Garlits is an overgrown Boy Scout with residual ADHD. His ultimate goal involves writing, early retirement in a Class C RV, and a continuous circuit of thru-hikes and long distance bike treks until he turns 100, at which point he’s going to try for a spot in the Senior X Games.
His five-year plan is to complete a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with his oldest son, a post-traumatic OEF combat medic and safety manager for the largest online retailer in the world. For now, he hikes in the woods, rides his bike on converted rail trails, and camps in a hammock.
At present, he’s a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) working at National Guard Bureau as a disaster response instructor/facilitator, having just finished up a 20-year career as well as a medical plans and operations officer and Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) in the Indiana Army National Guard. He and his wife Tawnya have four adult children.
Jim graduated from Ball State University in 1989 with a degree in magazine journalism and has done relatively little with it, except writing for contributor copies, thrills and kill fees. He procrastinates writing from Manassas, Virginia.