Nathaniel Fick was
born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1977. He graduated with high honors
from Dartmouth College in 1999, earning degrees in Classics and
Government. While at Dartmouth, Fick captained the cycling team to
a US National Championship, and wrote a senior thesis on
Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War and its implications
for American foreign policy.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine
Corps upon graduation, and trained as an infantry officer.
Fick led his platoon into Afghanistan and Pakistan only weeks after
9/11, helping to drive the Taliban from its spiritual capital in
Kandahar. After returning to the States in 2002, he was invited to
join Recon, the Corps' special operations force. Fick led a
reconnaissance platoon in combat during the earliest months of
Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the battle of Nasiriyah to the fall
of Baghdad, and into the perilous peacekeeping that followed.
Fick left the Marines as a captain in 2003 and is currently
pursuing a masters degree in International Security at Harvard
University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA at
the Harvard Business School. 60 Minutes, the BBC, and NPR
have featured his work. Fick's writing has appeared in newspapers
across the country, including The New York Times, The
Washington Post, and The International Herald