C J Heigelmann
C.J. Heigelmann was born in Hartford, CT in the summer of 1969. He enjoyed an early childhood typical of any other youth living in a region steeped with the traditions and history of New England during the 1970’s. At age 12, he moved to Los Angeles and settled in Compton, California. As a young teenager, he traversed one of the most violent cities in America during the rise and height of gang warfare, that unfortunately became known as one of the most notorious murder capitals in the world. In 1988, at age 18 he faced a cross-road in his life and decided to enlist in the United States Air Force, where he served in the 1st Gulf War as well as other deployments. During one such deployment he witnessed first-hand and survived the Mt. Pinatubo Volcanic eruption and its aftermath, which destroyed all major U.S. military installations in the vicinity, and devastated the Island of Luzon.