Ben has called Alaska home for more than 35 years. Born in apple orchard country in eastern Washington State, Ben moved to Alaska with his family in 1985. Raised in an oil field family in Nikiski, near the birthplace of the oil industry in Alaska, he graduated from high school in 1993.
Ben served 13 years on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army participating in six deployments to the Middle East. Ben also spent time in the Reserves where he earned a bachelor’s degree and was commissioned into the active Army as an Armor Officer. He retired from the Alaska Army National Guard in 2018 with more than 21 years of military service.