|John was born in Walla Walla, Washington. He is an avid weight lifter and spends most of his free time in the gym or with friends. Inspired by his family’s tradition of military service and specifically his late grandfather, Col Andy Karstens (ret.), John enrolled in Central Washington University’s Air Force ROTC in 2013. He immediately joined the Patrick Welch Squadron’s Candidate Training Class in order to become more involved in the cadet corps. He has served as Club Senator, Activities Officer, and Area XI Director of Operations. John believes that one of the most valuable leadership traits one can possess is humility. He constantly strives for excellence and enjoys learning from those around him, two reasons why he is so excited to be a part of your 2016-2017 National Staff.