Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of nineteen and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007 he served as an MRAP turret gunner. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted Combat Photographer and Combat Artist. In 2010, Uriarte created the popular comic strip “Terminal Lance” while still on active duty. "The White Donkey" is his first novel.