Will attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was a systems engineer and four-year Division I intercollegiate gymnast. While at West Point, Will completed the Sapper Leader Course, Air Borne School, and served in a Troop Leading “Internship” with the 3rd Ranger Battalion at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Upon commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant from West Point, Will entered the United States Army Infantry where he then attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School before accepting his first duty assignment as a platoon leader in the Eight United States Army in the Republic of Korea. Upon completion of his deployment, Will was stationed in Ft. Drum New York with the 10th Mountain Division upon their first deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) to Northern Iraq where he served as a the assistant operations officer to the Battalion. Upon re-deployment, the Battalion was slated to go to Afghanistan a year later, but the first OIF surge was instituted, landing the Battalion back in Iraq six months later. This time, Will served as the chief of reconnaissance and sniper employment. Six months into that deployment, Will suffered a near fatal wound by an improvised explosive device (IED) during combat operations in Southwest Baghdad.
Upon medical evacuation, Will underwent 2.5 years of intermittent treatment and 26 surgeries to restore function to his left leg and left arm. His left arm almost fully recovered, but he eventually lost his left leg above the knee to a limb salvage failure. During his treatment, Will served in a staff role at the Pentagon as the deputy operations officer to the Joint IED Defeat Organization—the organization stood up to mitigate the threat of the same device that nearly took his life months before. After serving in this role for a year, he was eventually medically retired from the military.
Faced with a career change after nearly seven years of military service, Will honed in on his management experience and the affinity toward healthcare that he acquired during his extensive treatment in the Military Health System. As a result, he applied to MBA programs and chose Simon due to its concentration in health science management.
While at Simon, Will focused on health science management and finance while also completing much of the course work for a degree in public health. This steered him towards internships in the medical device industry with Boston Scientific and with a small boutique consulting firm. He is now a manager at Deloitte Consulting within its Federal Healthcare Practice, where he consults for the same agencies of which he had been a benefactor—the Defense Health and Veteran Health Agencies.