Alex grew up in Gatlinburg, Tennessee he learned how to hunt fish and camp in the woods surrounding his home town, enjoying going to pigeon forge and other great spots to see old buildings and ways of life, his parents are Todd and Sandy and both lived with him. He went to school in Gatlinburg until Alex was 16, upon reaching an age where his parents trusted him, he joined a foreign exchange program with his brother Michael. When they arrived in Russia much to Michael's dismay Alex requested that they drive four hours to protest at a political rally in Chernarus. They were here when the infection hit and got stuck in the main city of Chernogorsk. Michael and Alex both took to Chernarus' natural flora and fauna quickly and branched out attempting to survive in the wilderness using survival skills they had been taught by their father. Determined to survive they continued to live in the woods, wondering if they should ever head back into any towns.