Almost 2 years ago Alexandra I Wilson and I were packing up to leave the NRA Whittington Center where we had been teaching to head out on a new adventure. We decided to snap a quick photo on a back country trail. We stood side by side holding hands with packs on our backs and rifles at our sides. I wanted a photo showing how we were ready for whatever adventure came next and we would conquer it together. We didn’t know it yet but Alex was pregnant with Gunnar, our first child.

This weekend we took a new photo. The three of us standing side by side and walking down a trail. Being a father is the greatest adventure I could ever have. I’ve spent 19 years as a Soldier. I’ve gone to war, lead men in combat and trained a new generation of warriors. None of that compares to seeing my son walking on a trail beside me learning to embrace adventure.

I know I couldn’t ask for a better partner than my wife. I also know we are still prepared for wherever that trail leads us and we can conquer any adventure we face. Anything is possible with a rifle or bow in hand, a pack on your back and family beside you.

 

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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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