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Oz from "Battleground: Rhino Wars" stars in the Animal Planet reality docu-series. He is a Green Beret and a medic. He says, "The situation here is worse than can ever be depicted ... "

Oz was born in war-torn Iran during a civil war and revolution in 1980. His parents, an electronics engineer and a nurse, were very much against warfare and refused for their son to grow up in a country led by violence and civil unrest. When his mother was still young, she smuggled him through deserts and over
Oz in "Battleground: Rhino Wars"
Oz Battleground: Rhino Wars
mountains. She crossed through many countries with no resources and only a handful of money. His mother would later tell him, "The only reason I survived was because of you — when I wanted to quit, when I could bear no more, I looked into your eyes and you gave me strength." Courageously, she reunited him with his father, and the search began to find a permanent home. In 1986, his family moved to southern Orange County, California. There, his parents became U.S. citizens, and Oz finally had a chance to live a normal life.

Ironically, Oz was drawn to combat and at 17 joined the army as an infantryman. He quickly discovered his natural ability to handle the stress of warfare and was eager to be challenged in new ways. Becoming team leader for the machine gunner crew before taking a hiatus to pursue an education, Oz climbed up the military ranks, but Oz didn't stay away from active duty for long and returned to the service to attend Special Warfare School.

During this time, he received extensive Special Operations combat training and earned the coveted "Green Beret" — becoming a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

During his career, Oz has been deployed to Afghanistan numerous times on various operations for both the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. He has operated in Thailand and Africa on missions outside of military service. An experienced 18D combat veteran, Oz specializes in trauma medicine in hostile environments and remains active with his Special Forces unit. He will be deployed overseas in mid-January 2013 to conduct combat operations.

He currently resides in Virginia.


Where does Oz live? Find out here.

Birthplace: Iran
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Current Residence: Virginia

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