Born in 1982 to loving parents in Migdal, Israel, Major (Res.) Matan Horvitz was accepted into the prestigious IDF Junior Command Preparatory Boarding School in Haifa at the age of 14. He was drafted into the Nahal Brigade thereafter. He served from 2000 - 2007, attaining the rank of Captain. Matan continues to serve as a combat officer today, as a reservist. He holds a B.A. in Business Management, and lives in Netiv Halamed Hei with his wife and two young children -- or, as he likes to say, his wife and two future IDF officers.