Robert Nuttall received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1992, after graduating from the University of Houston. For the next four years he worked as a military police officer, before transitioning from active duty into the Army Reserve to pursue a career with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He managed both jobs well, becoming a special agent with the DEA while rising through the ranks in the military.
Nuttall deployed overseas in 2002, where his leadership and command skills led to his promotion to the rank of major. Unfortunately, while driving home from his demobilization ceremony, he was hit by a drunk driver and sustained severe injuries, which eventually led to his retirement.
Today, Nuttall fills his days caring for his daughters and two nieces. He enjoys spending time with his family, but misses the feeling of accomplishment that serving in the military afforded him. Nuttall lacks the confidence he once had. He considers the expedition an opportunity to push past his fear and work together with his rope team to overcome personal challenges.