An American writer, scientist, combat veteran, and cultural commentator.


N. B. Hankes joined the United States Army after a middle class upbringing in the Midwest. He operated drone aircraft during a fourteen month tour in Baghdad, Iraq with the 4th Brigade 1st Infantry Division.

After an honorable discharge, Hankes set out to find adventure and reintegrate back into a civilian life. This journey led him down the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail and then whisked him off to Talkeetna, Alaska to train sled dogs before he settled back to his home state to attend college on the G.I. Bill.

Hankes attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Crop and Soil Science prior to pursuing a Master of Science in Soil and Water Chemistry from Utah State University. Throughout this time in college, Hankes wrote and re-wrote his forthcoming debut book, Waking Up On the Appalachian Trail: A Story of War, Brotherhood, and the Pursuit of Truth.

Hankes lives in the Pacific Northwest where he hosts The Humboldt Lighthouse podcast, works as a chemist, and manages the non-profit, About Face It: A Veteran Healing Sanctuary.

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