Heading to the Utah desert is my favorite part of the year! Thanks to The Mars Society, to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) and to my crews! I have been Commander of Crew 172, 185, 196 and 200, and Crew Engineer in 158. This is a unique experience in leadership during which I have experienced the good and the bad side of a developing leadership. A special thanks to the Director of MDRS, Dr. S. Rupert, a great lady and a great mentor for me.