D. Alex Wilson grew up in the small town of Saugerties in upstate New York. He graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a degree in Ecology and a Minor in Environmental Studies. After a year working for an environmental firm, he joined the U.S. Army in 2004.
In 2005, Alex was commissioned as an Officer through Officer Candidate School (OCS) out of Ft. Benning, Georgia, and trained as a Chemical Officer. He served 4 years of active duty service, assigned to 1-7th CAV, 1st BCT, 1st Cavalry Division. Alex held several roles including Scout Platoon Leader, Squadron Battle Captain, and Assistant Operations Officer. He participated in a combat deployment to Iraq until injury during an IED attack in May 2007, which included damage and nerve loss to the right leg and a below the knee amputation to his left leg. He retired from the Army in 2008 at the rank of Captain. He returned to studies, receiving a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business in College Park, Maryland, USA. Since then, he has worked in management consulting both in the U.S. and in Australia, in areas of defense, homeland security, and other state and federal government departments as well as supporting the Invictus Games.
Alex has two brothers, Anthony and Aelijah, and has been married to Emily Saulsgiver (an editor of The Fire Within) since November 2014, as well as a large extended family. He enjoys movies, books, snowboarding, scuba diving, and traveling to new places. Next on his list is a trip to Southeast Asia and a second trip to Europe. He currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia.