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    Kili Class

    2023 Conquering Kili Class


    U.S. Army Veteran


    Chicago, IL

    Nathan was born and raised in Northern Illinois and was accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007. At West Point, he was selected as a walk on to the Army Football Team during Cadet Basic Training. Following an injury, Nathan then joined the Army Powerlifting Team where in 2011 he finished in third place during the Collegiate National Championship. As a cadet he conducted off-campus research at Columbia University under the supervision of West Point faculty in the field of groundwater sampling and the detection of volatile organic and inorganic compounds. Upon graduation, Nathan received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a commission in the U.S. Army Field Artillery.

    Nathan was first assigned to the 2d Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany as a Troop Fire Support Officer with the 1st Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment. In 2013 he was deployed in support of combat operations in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan from. Upon return in 2014, he served in various leadership and staff roles in Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment before being selected to attend the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Ft. Benning, GA as a Field Artillery Officer.

    In 2016 Nathan was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum, NY. He served in various Brigade and Battalion staff billets within the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 10th Mountain Division Artillery, and commanded Charlie Battery, 2-15 FA from 2018-2019. He was medically retired after 10 years of Active Duty service following a procedure at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

    Nathan received various awards and decorations over his career including the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.

    Nathan currently resides in the Chicagoland area. He plans to pursue an MBA and J.D. in the fall of 2023, after which he intends to work in the field of environmental policy and renewable energy.

    Each new Conquering Kili class accepts the challenge to embark for the summit, a walk that represents the miles that many African women journey on a daily basis to fetch water for their families. While training for the climb, each team member works to raise funds and transform communities through the gift of clean water.

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