Richard Hakes was born in Denver, CO and lives outside of Austin, TX when not away at school. Prior to academia he was a Senior Chief with 20+ years in the US Navy, primarily in Special Operations as an EOD operator. RJ has more than 10 deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan, the middle-east, and Africa. After his retirement, he attended the Warrior Scholar Project at Harvard University and is currently a student at Yale University. His interests are ancient history, archaeology, skydiving, diving, and curling.