While living in Pennsylvania, Adam joined Civil Air Patrol and attended summer boot camp at Indiantown Gap. Always wanting to be in the military, his grandfather was in the Canadian Navy and three uncles all serving in the military. After High School Adam worked and owned several jobs and businesses however he decided it was time to join the U.S, Army and entered Fort Leonardwood, Mo. in September 2008. Finishing boot camp in November 2008 Adam stayed and finished his AIT training, then transferred to Fort Benning, Ga. for Airborne Jump School. After receiving his Jump Wings he was permanently stationed to Fort Bragg as a combat engineer. He was deployed from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan in December 2009 and was there until his injury.