In August 2013, Zachary S. Eshleman left his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and headed to Great Lakes, Illinois, to become a basically trained Sailor in the United States Navy.
Following boot camp, he was stationed on the USS Gunston Hall in Little Creek, Virginia. Within two weeks, the ship deployed, and he spent his first deployment as a deckhand. When he arrived back in Virginia nine months later, he tested into the job of Mass Communication Specialist and was sent to San Diego to become a member of the Navy Public Affairs Support Element West.
While stationed in California, he completed another deployment and he traveled around the country, telling the stories of the Navy through photography, writing, and videography. Then in the spring of 2017, he reached a crossroads. He had to make the decision to either leave the military and change careers, or he could stay in and go to Syracuse University in the military photojournalism program, digging deeper into his career as a storyteller. He choose the latter, and has been pursuing self-improvement and professional level skills in the communications field ever since.