Rito Cristan worked as a 0341 mortarman with the 1st Battalion 1st Marine Division Weapons Company for the U.S. Marine Corps. During his four years in the service, Cristan deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with both the 13th and 15th Marine Expeditionary Units.
Following his separation from the military, he started working for a small cable company and now manages three Texas markets.
Cristan believes the expedition will offer him a chance to disconnect from the fast-paced electronic life and reconnect with nature. He looks forward to meeting other warriors and returning home with a refreshed mindset.