John Hals is a former war correspondent and photographer from the United States. He spent most of his early adulthood as an infantryman in US Army, fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After separating from the Army, he used his benefits to obtain a degree in Journalism and Photography. He got a job with an international magazine covering combat zones. During the Chernorussian Civil War, he covered many of the major engagements. Years later, he would return to Chernarus to cover the NATO response to hostilities in the rebuilding country. After the British Royal Marine unit he was covering was decimated by infected, Hals began to wonder the now empty and dangerous shell of Chernarus, hoping to scrape by and survive. Hals quickly learned that the infected were minor compared to the lawless stretches of woods and roads full of bandits and survivors operating on animalistic instincts. Hals puts to use his military experience to survive and hopes to one day document what happened in Chernarus for future generations.