Mr. Simonsen joined Gulf Exploration L.L.C. - Operations in February of 2018. JJ is a 2001 Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he earned his Business Management major along with his Mechanical Engineering degree. He spent nine years of uniformed service in the U.S. Army as a Cavalryman, deployed twice to Iraq for combined overseas tours in excess of 28 months, earning such honors as the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, and Army Commendation Medal (3). After nearly a decade of service to his nation, JJ entered the energy industry for Chesapeake Energy, McClinton Energy, and American Energy Partners as an engineer for Mid Continent Assets including Fayetteville Shale, Permian Basin, Mississippi Lime, and Cherokee Platform.