Our Guests Attending

Help us welcome and honor the following veterans and guests attending the Helicopters for Heroes’ Annual Helicopter Hunt and Festival. Thank you for your service.

We will be adding to this list as our attendees are confirmed.

School: University of Arizona

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: 2019

My name is Quinn Mooldyk and I’ve been involved with CFP for a couple of years and have made some incredible connections through them! I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 and may possibly continue my education through law school in the future. Thanks to CFP paying for school and its financial endeavors have been one less weight off my shoulders! I would love to join in on Helicopters with Heroes and hunt with you all!

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Quinn Mooldyk

School: University of Arizona

Major: Political Science

Graduation Year: 2019

My name is Quinn Mooldyk and I’ve been involved with CFP for a couple of years and have made some incredible connections through them! I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2019 and may possibly continue my education through law school in the future. Thanks to CFP paying for school and its financial endeavors have been one less weight off my shoulders! I would love to join in on Helicopters with Heroes and hunt with you all!

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School: United State Military Academy

Major: American Legal Studies

Graduation Year: 2012

I am from Savannah, GA and the youngest of 11 siblings. I am a second-generation Army veteran with multiple siblings having served. Completing my transition from the military to corporate law, located on the east coast.

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Quincy Jallah

School: United State Military Academy

Major: American Legal Studies

Graduation Year: 2012

I am from Savannah, GA and the youngest of 11 siblings. I am a second-generation Army veteran with multiple siblings having served. Completing my transition from the military to corporate law, located on the east coast.

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School: Brigham Young University- Idaho

Major: Business Finance

Graduation Year: 2016

Growing up with my father being in the military I was blessed to live in many different parts of the US. Since graduating from college in 2016, I have had the unique opportunity to work and live in NYC with my beautiful wife. While I don’t have the same access to the things I grew up doing (riding motorcycles, snowboarding, shooting guns, and skating) I have been able to gain an appreciation for the diverse cultures, restaurants, and people in New York. I’m grateful that the military lifestyle helped me get outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to always look for the good in every situation.

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Daniel Bertolino

School: Brigham Young University- Idaho

Major: Business Finance

Graduation Year: 2016

Growing up with my father being in the military I was blessed to live in many different parts of the US. Since graduating from college in 2016, I have had the unique opportunity to work and live in NYC with my beautiful wife. While I don’t have the same access to the things I grew up doing (riding motorcycles, snowboarding, shooting guns, and skating) I have been able to gain an appreciation for the diverse cultures, restaurants, and people in New York. I’m grateful that the military lifestyle helped me get outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to always look for the good in every situation.

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School: University of North Georgia

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 2022

My name is Abigail Wittwer and I am a Fallen Patriots Scholar. My dad was a fighter pilot in the Navy, and he passed away in January of 2006 in a training accident. Fallen Patriots has done so much for me and my siblings. I love the foundation and all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet through it!

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Abigail Wittwer

School: University of North Georgia

Major: Accounting

Graduation Year: 2022

My name is Abigail Wittwer and I am a Fallen Patriots Scholar. My dad was a fighter pilot in the Navy, and he passed away in January of 2006 in a training accident. Fallen Patriots has done so much for me and my siblings. I love the foundation and all of the people I have had the opportunity to meet through it!

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School: University of South Carolina

Major: Environmental Studies/Operations and Supply Chain

Graduation Year: 2024

Jenna is a freshman from New Bern, North Carolina. She is the proud daughter of LtCol Benjamin James Palmer, USMC. She is actively involved in student government, gamecock sailing, and Greek life. She enjoys the outdoors, sailing and hiking.

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Jenna Palmer

School: University of South Carolina

Major: Environmental Studies/Operations and Supply Chain

Graduation Year: 2024

Jenna is a freshman from New Bern, North Carolina. She is the proud daughter of LtCol Benjamin James Palmer, USMC. She is actively involved in student government, gamecock sailing, and Greek life. She enjoys the outdoors, sailing and hiking.

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School: Virginia Tech

Major: General Engineering

Graduation Year: 2024

I am a freshman at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC there at VT. My father was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. He was killed when I was 15 months old. I am very interested in all things aviation.

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Noah Moehling

School: Virginia Tech

Major: General Engineering

Graduation Year: 2024

I am a freshman at Virginia Tech. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC there at VT. My father was a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. He was killed when I was 15 months old. I am very interested in all things aviation.

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School: Clemson University

Major: Marketing

Graduation Year: 2022

I love adventure, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, traveling, and shopping. My dad was a helicopter pilot, so this sounds like such a cool opportunity. I’m from the south so I’ve grown up around hunting, fishing, mudding, etc! I actually have a 4-month-old puppy who went dove hunting for the first-time last weekend! I have two brothers as well that love to do fun adventurous things with me. I also do the marketing for a company called Gun Dog Solutions that provides medical kits for field dogs!

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Sarah Moehling

School: Clemson University

Major: Marketing

Graduation Year: 2022

I love adventure, snowboarding, hiking, wakeboarding, traveling, and shopping. My dad was a helicopter pilot, so this sounds like such a cool opportunity. I’m from the south so I’ve grown up around hunting, fishing, mudding, etc! I actually have a 4-month-old puppy who went dove hunting for the first-time last weekend! I have two brothers as well that love to do fun adventurous things with me. I also do the marketing for a company called Gun Dog Solutions that provides medical kits for field dogs!

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School: The Citadel

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2021

I am currently a senior at the Citadel and graduating in the fall. Upon graduation, the plan is to pursue an active-duty career with either the Army or the Marine Corps. I volunteer regularly with organizations meant to provide mentorship to children who have lost their parents in military service. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, shooting, and just general adventuring.

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Alex Moehling

School: The Citadel

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2021

I am currently a senior at the Citadel and graduating in the fall. Upon graduation, the plan is to pursue an active-duty career with either the Army or the Marine Corps. I volunteer regularly with organizations meant to provide mentorship to children who have lost their parents in military service. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, shooting, and just general adventuring.

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School: Colorado State University

Major: Journalism and Media Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Cassidy La Bouff is a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado studying Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of the classroom, Cassidy is involved with numerous clubs and organizations including Colorado State Athletics. Cassidy is passionate about supporting our veterans, active-duty military, and their families. As a Gold Star Child, she best expresses this passion by supporting non-profits that work directly with Gold Star and surviving families. Over the last few years, Cassidy has worked closely with a non-profit, Children of Fallen Patriots (Fallen Patriots).  Cassidy was the Fallen Patriots 2019 summer intern and the 2019 Greenwich Gala Student Speaker.

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Cassidy La Bouff

School: Colorado State University

Major: Journalism and Media Studies

Graduation Year: 2021

Cassidy La Bouff is a senior at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado studying Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of the classroom, Cassidy is involved with numerous clubs and organizations including Colorado State Athletics. Cassidy is passionate about supporting our veterans, active-duty military, and their families. As a Gold Star Child, she best expresses this passion by supporting non-profits that work directly with Gold Star and surviving families. Over the last few years, Cassidy has worked closely with a non-profit, Children of Fallen Patriots (Fallen Patriots).  Cassidy was the Fallen Patriots 2019 summer intern and the 2019 Greenwich Gala Student Speaker.

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School: Clemson University

Major: Health Science

Graduation Year: 2020

My name is Greyson Gilbert, I go to Clemson University and am a junior Health Science major, planning to graduate in 2020. I was born in Texas, so Texas is my home state, but now I call South Carolina home. My dad was Major Troy Gilbert, USAF, and was killed in action in OIF when I was 6 years old. I’m the second oldest of five kids, and I’m passionate first and foremost about my Christian faith, the outdoors, Health and Fitness, and art – especially where those four intersect in helping others. I am also a freelancing photographer on the side.

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Greyson Gilbert

School: Clemson University

Major: Health Science

Graduation Year: 2020

My name is Greyson Gilbert, I go to Clemson University and am a junior Health Science major, planning to graduate in 2020. I was born in Texas, so Texas is my home state, but now I call South Carolina home. My dad was Major Troy Gilbert, USAF, and was killed in action in OIF when I was 6 years old. I’m the second oldest of five kids, and I’m passionate first and foremost about my Christian faith, the outdoors, Health and Fitness, and art – especially where those four intersect in helping others. I am also a freelancing photographer on the side.

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Jordan joined the Marine Corps in 2007, serving as an infantryman and Infantry Combat Instructor during his service as well as deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Jordan suffered multiple injuries during his time in the military that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Today, Jordan lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two sons where he likes to spend time hunting on his land.

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2021 Free Hunt Winner

Jordan Leitsch

Jordan joined the Marine Corps in 2007, serving as an infantryman and Infantry Combat Instructor during his service as well as deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010. Jordan suffered multiple injuries during his time in the military that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Today, Jordan lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two sons where he likes to spend time hunting on his land.

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Chris, an Ohio native, joined the Marine Corps in 1993, serving as an infantryman and antitank assault gunner before being injured. Chris was involved in a training accident that resulted in him being paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair bound for nearly two years. After two dozen back procedures to remove vertebra, install rods in his lower back, and install an electronic box to block pain signals, Chris is able to walk and enjoy his life. Today, Chris lives in Ohio with his family where he spends time hunting and connecting with other Veterans.

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Chris Miller

Chris, an Ohio native, joined the Marine Corps in 1993, serving as an infantryman and antitank assault gunner before being injured. Chris was involved in a training accident that resulted in him being paralyzed from the neck down and wheelchair bound for nearly two years. After two dozen back procedures to remove vertebra, install rods in his lower back, and install an electronic box to block pain signals, Chris is able to walk and enjoy his life. Today, Chris lives in Ohio with his family where he spends time hunting and connecting with other Veterans.

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Brian joined the Army in 2006 after working as a welder and mechanic following high school. He served four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving as an EOD Tech in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Brian stepped on an improvised explosive device and immediately lost both of his legs. Brian’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. He and his family reside in North Carolina where Brian works in the gunsmithing industry.

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Brian McGuire

Brian joined the Army in 2006 after working as a welder and mechanic following high school. He served four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving as an EOD Tech in Afghanistan in 2010 with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Brian stepped on an improvised explosive device and immediately lost both of his legs. Brian’s awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantry Badge. He and his family reside in North Carolina where Brian works in the gunsmithing industry.

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Alex is a retired US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, leaving active service in 2019. During his 16-year career, Alex deployed eight times, including four in combat zones to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Alex was wounded twice in 2005 while serving in Ramadi, Iraq and received two Purple Hearts. Today, Alex is married and has four wonderful kids.

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Alex Behrens

Alex is a retired US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, leaving active service in 2019. During his 16-year career, Alex deployed eight times, including four in combat zones to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Alex was wounded twice in 2005 while serving in Ramadi, Iraq and received two Purple Hearts. Today, Alex is married and has four wonderful kids.

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Karlton is a retired US Army Staff Sergeant, serving 12 years before being injured and medically retired. He spent time as a US Army Drill Sergeant along with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Karlton was paralyzed from the waist down when fell from a 40ft during a training event. Today, Karlton is an avid hunter and outdoorsman

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Karlton Berry

Karlton is a retired US Army Staff Sergeant, serving 12 years before being injured and medically retired. He spent time as a US Army Drill Sergeant along with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Karlton was paralyzed from the waist down when fell from a 40ft during a training event. Today, Karlton is an avid hunter and outdoorsman

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Josh is a US Army Veteran from Asheboro, NC.  Spc Craven was serving with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Iraq, when he was struck by an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) while driving a Humvee on patrol. The blast immediately severed his left leg and caused near total damage to his right leg. Today, Josh lives with his wife and daughter near his hometown Asheboro, NC.

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Josh Craven

Josh is a US Army Veteran from Asheboro, NC.  Spc Craven was serving with the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, in Iraq, when he was struck by an explosively formed penetrator (EFP) while driving a Humvee on patrol. The blast immediately severed his left leg and caused near total damage to his right leg. Today, Josh lives with his wife and daughter near his hometown Asheboro, NC.

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Kevin is a retired US Army Corporal. On September 22, 2011, in the District of Panjwaii, Kevin was conducting a foot patrol through a village and stepped on a 30lb IED causing him to become a bi-lateral amputee and damaging his right arm. He was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center 6 days later, where he had more than 90 surgeries. Kevin officially retired from the military in 2013 and lives with his wife and daughters in Union County, SC.

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Kevin Brewington

Kevin is a retired US Army Corporal. On September 22, 2011, in the District of Panjwaii, Kevin was conducting a foot patrol through a village and stepped on a 30lb IED causing him to become a bi-lateral amputee and damaging his right arm. He was flown to Walter Reed Medical Center 6 days later, where he had more than 90 surgeries. Kevin officially retired from the military in 2013 and lives with his wife and daughters in Union County, SC.

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Brian is a retired US Army SSgt most recently served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 9th Engineers 1st Infantry ID as Combat Engineer. Having served tours to Afghanistan (Jan-Jun 2002) and the invasion of Iraq (Mar 03 – Feb 04), Brian was injured with 11 days left on his last deployment to Iraq 06. Brian was leading convoy to an Iraqi Army base when he was hit by an EFP just 150m south of an IA checkpoint. The blast immediately severed both legs, took part of his colon, and caused lifetime tissue and nerve damage to his left arm. Today Brian lives with his wife and kids in Elizabeth, CO.

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Brian Schar

Brian is a retired US Army SSgt most recently served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team 9th Engineers 1st Infantry ID as Combat Engineer. Having served tours to Afghanistan (Jan-Jun 2002) and the invasion of Iraq (Mar 03 – Feb 04), Brian was injured with 11 days left on his last deployment to Iraq 06. Brian was leading convoy to an Iraqi Army base when he was hit by an EFP just 150m south of an IA checkpoint. The blast immediately severed both legs, took part of his colon, and caused lifetime tissue and nerve damage to his left arm. Today Brian lives with his wife and kids in Elizabeth, CO.

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Code Name: Mac

Birth name: Brice Macartney

Birth Date: 06/19/72

Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Branch: Army

Specialty: Special Operations Aviation Mission Planner 160th SOAR(A)

Secondary Specialty: Everything Else

Current Specialty: Export Compliance Consultant

Current Residence: Deep in the woods somewhere near Buffalo, Texas

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Brice Macartney

Code Name: Mac

Birth name: Brice Macartney

Birth Date: 06/19/72

Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Branch: Army

Specialty: Special Operations Aviation Mission Planner 160th SOAR(A)

Secondary Specialty: Everything Else

Current Specialty: Export Compliance Consultant

Current Residence: Deep in the woods somewhere near Buffalo, Texas

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Mr. Christopher Van Sant is a retired 20+ year Special Operations Veteran with service on four continents and in 17 countries. Mr. Van Sant’s service includes 11 combat deployments as both a Team Member and Team Leader in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force). During the latter part of his career, Mr. Van Sant held the position of Soldier Systems Commodity Chief for The United States Army Special Forces Command for three years. His duties included the development, procurement, and fielding of hard and soft armor, helmets, ballistic eyewear, clothing, backpacks, tactical vests, and load carriage. As the Commands SME for both hard and soft armor requirements, Mr. Van Sant was a key combat developer and voting member for USSOCOM on three armor related acquisition efforts, and he was responsible for the fielding of over 14,000 sets of Armor. During his final two years in the Army, Mr. Van Sant served as the Deputy Chief of Force Modernization for 1st Special Forces Command, where he managed a $2.1 Billion equipment portfolio, oversaw 23 SME’s in five commodity areas, and was responsible for equipping 14,991 Soldiers. In addition to being a highly decorated Special Operations veteran, Mr. Van Sant was personally responsible for the development and procurement of over 30 new Programs of Record. His knowledge of ballistic materials, ballistic testing, and ballistic requirements, is unmatched in the special operations community.

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Chris Van Sant

Mr. Christopher Van Sant is a retired 20+ year Special Operations Veteran with service on four continents and in 17 countries. Mr. Van Sant’s service includes 11 combat deployments as both a Team Member and Team Leader in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force). During the latter part of his career, Mr. Van Sant held the position of Soldier Systems Commodity Chief for The United States Army Special Forces Command for three years. His duties included the development, procurement, and fielding of hard and soft armor, helmets, ballistic eyewear, clothing, backpacks, tactical vests, and load carriage. As the Commands SME for both hard and soft armor requirements, Mr. Van Sant was a key combat developer and voting member for USSOCOM on three armor related acquisition efforts, and he was responsible for the fielding of over 14,000 sets of Armor. During his final two years in the Army, Mr. Van Sant served as the Deputy Chief of Force Modernization for 1st Special Forces Command, where he managed a $2.1 Billion equipment portfolio, oversaw 23 SME’s in five commodity areas, and was responsible for equipping 14,991 Soldiers. In addition to being a highly decorated Special Operations veteran, Mr. Van Sant was personally responsible for the development and procurement of over 30 new Programs of Record. His knowledge of ballistic materials, ballistic testing, and ballistic requirements, is unmatched in the special operations community.

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SGM Chuck “CHAZ” Yerry had been in the US Army since 1989 and served in some of the most advanced specialized units in the world until the end of 2013.

He was a Ranger in 2/75 Ranger Battalion for four years and then a R.I.P. Instructor for a year in the 75th Ranger Regiment where he took the opportunity to excel to the next level and went on to serve in the Special Operations community with a Special Mission Unit on Ft Bragg, NC for the rest of his career. He served in many leadership roles and deployed numerous times to hostile environments while serving his command. After sustaining a normally career ending above knee amputation injury in combat he returned to fight for four more deployments. SGM Yerry then began to support operations back home in Advanced Technologies R&D, the K9 section, Selection and Training, and Language Program.

After serving almost 25 years in the Army he now has medically retired. He received many awards with his highest being eight Bronze Stars, three for Valor and the Legion of Merit at retirement. He has since moved on with these new skills, deploying with Special Operations Command and now as a Digital Forensics Examiner with the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in Fort Bragg, NC. He currently spends his time between his ten-year-old son and his wife followed by his GSD dogs of course.

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Chuck “CHAZ” Yerry

SGM Chuck “CHAZ” Yerry had been in the US Army since 1989 and served in some of the most advanced specialized units in the world until the end of 2013.

He was a Ranger in 2/75 Ranger Battalion for four years and then a R.I.P. Instructor for a year in the 75th Ranger Regiment where he took the opportunity to excel to the next level and went on to serve in the Special Operations community with a Special Mission Unit on Ft Bragg, NC for the rest of his career. He served in many leadership roles and deployed numerous times to hostile environments while serving his command. After sustaining a normally career ending above knee amputation injury in combat he returned to fight for four more deployments. SGM Yerry then began to support operations back home in Advanced Technologies R&D, the K9 section, Selection and Training, and Language Program.

After serving almost 25 years in the Army he now has medically retired. He received many awards with his highest being eight Bronze Stars, three for Valor and the Legion of Merit at retirement. He has since moved on with these new skills, deploying with Special Operations Command and now as a Digital Forensics Examiner with the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in Fort Bragg, NC. He currently spends his time between his ten-year-old son and his wife followed by his GSD dogs of course.

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Kathryn Walker served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, half of those working in Special Operations. She retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 with over a dozen combat deployments with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and Joint Special Operations Command.

After retiring, Kathryn became a certified secondary education teacher and uses her experiences, patience, and knowledge to prepare our next generation for the challenges they will face. As a female combat veteran, she has navigated the difficult world of PTS support for a gender that is still generally considered “non-combat soldiers.” Kathryn has participated in several programs and studies that have enabled healthcare professionals to better understand PTS in female veterans, and how their treatment may different from their male counterparts.

As both a veteran and spouse of a veteran, Kathryn has a unique understanding of helping veterans and their spouses cope with issues affecting their lives. She continues to have a desire to help her fellow service members and their families not only survive, but thrive in their careers whether in military service or after.

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Kathryn Walker

Kathryn Walker served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, half of those working in Special Operations. She retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 with over a dozen combat deployments with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and Joint Special Operations Command.

After retiring, Kathryn became a certified secondary education teacher and uses her experiences, patience, and knowledge to prepare our next generation for the challenges they will face. As a female combat veteran, she has navigated the difficult world of PTS support for a gender that is still generally considered “non-combat soldiers.” Kathryn has participated in several programs and studies that have enabled healthcare professionals to better understand PTS in female veterans, and how their treatment may different from their male counterparts.

As both a veteran and spouse of a veteran, Kathryn has a unique understanding of helping veterans and their spouses cope with issues affecting their lives. She continues to have a desire to help her fellow service members and their families not only survive, but thrive in their careers whether in military service or after.

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Sean Walker served in the U.S. Army for over 10 years with the 2nd BN 75th Ranger Regiment and 7th Special Forces Group.  Upon departing the military Sean continued to serve his country working with the U.S. Department of State counter terrorism program, an operational advisor with the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and Joint IED Defeat Organization.  Sean has numerous deployments to the Middle East, Europe, central and South America, and Southeast Asia.  Sean currently serves as the Director of Operations, Asymmetric Solutions Central Texas Special Warfare Training Center.  Sean’s wife is a retired U.S. Army veteran with over 24 years of service, he and his wife live in San Antonio Tx.

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Sean Walker

Sean Walker served in the U.S. Army for over 10 years with the 2nd BN 75th Ranger Regiment and 7th Special Forces Group.  Upon departing the military Sean continued to serve his country working with the U.S. Department of State counter terrorism program, an operational advisor with the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and Joint IED Defeat Organization.  Sean has numerous deployments to the Middle East, Europe, central and South America, and Southeast Asia.  Sean currently serves as the Director of Operations, Asymmetric Solutions Central Texas Special Warfare Training Center.  Sean’s wife is a retired U.S. Army veteran with over 24 years of service, he and his wife live in San Antonio Tx.

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Kelly is a combat veteran who served over ten years in US Army Special Operations, as both a Ranger and a Delta Force operator. Kelly began his career in 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75 Ranger Regiment. At 22 years old, he was the youngest soldier ever (at the time) to earn a place in the elite Tier One unit, Delta Force. As a Delta Force operator, Kelly was involved in 350+ direct action missions in Iraq. He was awarded four Bronze Stars, two for valorous acts. During this time, Kelly added a canine to his operational assets. Participating in the Delta Force’s pilot canine program, Kelly helped shape and evolve the Special Operations community’s tactical use of canines.

When Kelly left the military, he took his experience with Special Operations canines and helped to establish SOFK9 programs across all service branches. Most recently, Kelly parlayed his military and leadership experience to executive positions in the civilian sector. He has been the CEO of a private security company, responsible for managing the personal security for Fortune 500 level CEOs and professional sports team owners. Additionally, he has held positions in the global shipping industry as an International Container Terminal Manager and International Productivity Systems Auditor for critical infrastructures in the shipping industry, both in the US and abroad.

Currently, Kelly is taking the time to work on passion projects and raise his two children in the Pacific Northwest with his wife of 20 years. As a self-trained CAD designer, Kelly works with friends and colleagues, designing emerging technologies for both military and law enforcement.

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Kelly Roby

Kelly is a combat veteran who served over ten years in US Army Special Operations, as both a Ranger and a Delta Force operator. Kelly began his career in 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75 Ranger Regiment. At 22 years old, he was the youngest soldier ever (at the time) to earn a place in the elite Tier One unit, Delta Force. As a Delta Force operator, Kelly was involved in 350+ direct action missions in Iraq. He was awarded four Bronze Stars, two for valorous acts. During this time, Kelly added a canine to his operational assets. Participating in the Delta Force’s pilot canine program, Kelly helped shape and evolve the Special Operations community’s tactical use of canines.

When Kelly left the military, he took his experience with Special Operations canines and helped to establish SOFK9 programs across all service branches. Most recently, Kelly parlayed his military and leadership experience to executive positions in the civilian sector. He has been the CEO of a private security company, responsible for managing the personal security for Fortune 500 level CEOs and professional sports team owners. Additionally, he has held positions in the global shipping industry as an International Container Terminal Manager and International Productivity Systems Auditor for critical infrastructures in the shipping industry, both in the US and abroad.

Currently, Kelly is taking the time to work on passion projects and raise his two children in the Pacific Northwest with his wife of 20 years. As a self-trained CAD designer, Kelly works with friends and colleagues, designing emerging technologies for both military and law enforcement.

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Mr. Lee Busby is a retired 20+ year Special Operations Veteran with service in the 75th Ranger Regiment and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force).  Mr. Busby’s service includes 12 combat deployments as both a Team Member and Team Leader in Delta Force.   During the latter part of his career, Mr. Busby was selected by his Commander to represent their Unit in all interagency coordination on highly classified special operation missions. He has extensive experience working with cross-functional teams in the Special Operations Community and the Interagency. He has significant experience collaborating with and advising senior leaders across the Department of Defense, Interagency, and the National Security Staff. While serving as the Liaison between the Delta Force and the National Command Authority, Mr. Busby was responsible for weekly briefings to the Director of the CIA. His knowledge, experience and understanding of Joint Special Operations and his ability execute his commander’s intent in complex environments, sets him apart from his peers.

After retiring as a highly decorated Special Operations veteran, Mr. Busby moved to Plano, TX where he worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Serving in the role of Sales Operation Business Planning Lead, Mr. Busby developed a sales strategy to support Sales Executives to grow new business across 9 different industries. Along with implementing new leadership guidelines, Mr. Busby and his team sold over $9MM in new sales in the first 3 months of the programs launch.

Mr. Busby joined the TYR Tactical Team in February of 2020 and is happy to be back serving the communities he spent so many years a part of.

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Lee Busby

Mr. Lee Busby is a retired 20+ year Special Operations Veteran with service in the 75th Ranger Regiment and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force).  Mr. Busby’s service includes 12 combat deployments as both a Team Member and Team Leader in Delta Force.   During the latter part of his career, Mr. Busby was selected by his Commander to represent their Unit in all interagency coordination on highly classified special operation missions. He has extensive experience working with cross-functional teams in the Special Operations Community and the Interagency. He has significant experience collaborating with and advising senior leaders across the Department of Defense, Interagency, and the National Security Staff. While serving as the Liaison between the Delta Force and the National Command Authority, Mr. Busby was responsible for weekly briefings to the Director of the CIA. His knowledge, experience and understanding of Joint Special Operations and his ability execute his commander’s intent in complex environments, sets him apart from his peers.

After retiring as a highly decorated Special Operations veteran, Mr. Busby moved to Plano, TX where he worked for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Serving in the role of Sales Operation Business Planning Lead, Mr. Busby developed a sales strategy to support Sales Executives to grow new business across 9 different industries. Along with implementing new leadership guidelines, Mr. Busby and his team sold over $9MM in new sales in the first 3 months of the programs launch.

Mr. Busby joined the TYR Tactical Team in February of 2020 and is happy to be back serving the communities he spent so many years a part of.

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Matt Wilson (MSG) retired from the United States Army with over 26 years of operational experience as an Army Ranger, Special Forces “Green Beret” and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. He has extensive knowledge of Land warfare, Maritime operation’s, and specializes in overt and covert breaching. Matt’s military assignments include the 75th Ranger Regiment, 7th Special Forces Group and The United States Army Special Operations Command.

Mr. Wilson owns and runs his security and training company, Special Operations Contingent Group, Inc. (SOCG). His company is a platform to showcase various verticals of training for the military, law enforcement and civilians. SOCG specializes in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Covert Methods of Entry and Safety Classes.

Matt Wilson also works for Synfuels Assets Management LLC as their Chief of Operations and Lead Security Services. He has combined his overseas experience, training and expertise to form the Synfuels Security Services and Consulting. This solid integration of executive and operational duties introduces Special Operations methodologies as a parallel strategy to incorporate military leadership into the corporate world.

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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson (MSG) retired from the United States Army with over 26 years of operational experience as an Army Ranger, Special Forces “Green Beret” and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta. He has extensive knowledge of Land warfare, Maritime operation’s, and specializes in overt and covert breaching. Matt’s military assignments include the 75th Ranger Regiment, 7th Special Forces Group and The United States Army Special Operations Command.

Mr. Wilson owns and runs his security and training company, Special Operations Contingent Group, Inc. (SOCG). His company is a platform to showcase various verticals of training for the military, law enforcement and civilians. SOCG specializes in Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Covert Methods of Entry and Safety Classes.

Matt Wilson also works for Synfuels Assets Management LLC as their Chief of Operations and Lead Security Services. He has combined his overseas experience, training and expertise to form the Synfuels Security Services and Consulting. This solid integration of executive and operational duties introduces Special Operations methodologies as a parallel strategy to incorporate military leadership into the corporate world.

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Scott Conklin, a native of Charlotte North Carolina, is the founder of Tactical Santa. Scott joined the US Army right after high school and served as an intelligence analyst in the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion out of Fort Bragg.  A veteran military and civilian firearms instructor with over 20 years’ experience, Scott holds NRA and US Military certifications and is an active rifle, pistol, and shotgun competitor.

Scott owns 3 businesses including Tactical Santa (FFL and SOT dealer), Tango Sierra Industries (military and government sales and procurement), and TS Knifeworks (his knifemaking company).  He has also spent nearly 20 years in the corporate sector as a project manager and technology team lead.

Scott is actively involved with many charity functions including those for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and the North Carolina based-Patriot Military Family Foundation.

He is also an avid volleyball player, motorcycle enthusiast and family man.

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Scott Conklin

Scott Conklin, a native of Charlotte North Carolina, is the founder of Tactical Santa. Scott joined the US Army right after high school and served as an intelligence analyst in the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion out of Fort Bragg.  A veteran military and civilian firearms instructor with over 20 years’ experience, Scott holds NRA and US Military certifications and is an active rifle, pistol, and shotgun competitor.

Scott owns 3 businesses including Tactical Santa (FFL and SOT dealer), Tango Sierra Industries (military and government sales and procurement), and TS Knifeworks (his knifemaking company).  He has also spent nearly 20 years in the corporate sector as a project manager and technology team lead.

Scott is actively involved with many charity functions including those for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and the North Carolina based-Patriot Military Family Foundation.

He is also an avid volleyball player, motorcycle enthusiast and family man.

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Mr. Daryl Smith has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement in the Department’s Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Unit where he received Two(2) Life Saving Awards, Police Purple Heart, Two(2) Merit Awards for Outstanding Duty-Performance during life threatening situations, and three(3) Department Unit Citations. Mr. Smith retired from law enforcement after suffering severe injuries while on-duty. A year after his recovery, In 2002, Mr. Smith served as a cadre instructor for training U.S. Federal Air Marshals on Close Quarters Combat on an Aircraft. In March 2003, Mr. Smith was recruited and vetted to serve with members of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) as a member of Special Operations Task Force directly for the Department of Defense during Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF) for five)(5) years.

Mr. Smith has been married for 34 years and raised three(3) amazing children. The oldest son is a Physician Assistant(PA) and is married, living in Houston, Texas. His daughter is married with 3 children and lives in Charlotte, NC. The youngest son, Jonathan, served in the United States Military-Army. December 2015, in Tampa, Florida Jonathan lost the battle with PTS and took his own life. Mr. Smith moved from Tampa, Fl. to North Carolina for family support. Now, Mr. Smith still serves as a DoD/Dos Contractor on a part-time basis. 

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Daryl Smith

Mr. Daryl Smith has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement in the Department’s Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Unit where he received Two(2) Life Saving Awards, Police Purple Heart, Two(2) Merit Awards for Outstanding Duty-Performance during life threatening situations, and three(3) Department Unit Citations. Mr. Smith retired from law enforcement after suffering severe injuries while on-duty. A year after his recovery, In 2002, Mr. Smith served as a cadre instructor for training U.S. Federal Air Marshals on Close Quarters Combat on an Aircraft. In March 2003, Mr. Smith was recruited and vetted to serve with members of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) as a member of Special Operations Task Force directly for the Department of Defense during Operation Iraqi Freedom(OIF) for five)(5) years.

Mr. Smith has been married for 34 years and raised three(3) amazing children. The oldest son is a Physician Assistant(PA) and is married, living in Houston, Texas. His daughter is married with 3 children and lives in Charlotte, NC. The youngest son, Jonathan, served in the United States Military-Army. December 2015, in Tampa, Florida Jonathan lost the battle with PTS and took his own life. Mr. Smith moved from Tampa, Fl. to North Carolina for family support. Now, Mr. Smith still serves as a DoD/Dos Contractor on a part-time basis. 

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I joined the Army as a tank mechanic in 1985 before going to the Infantry in 1987.  I later joined the Special Forces in 2002 retiring as a Colonel in 2019.  I served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa in addition to stateside assignments.  I have been married for 31 years with 3 children (one in the USMC, one in the US Navy and one in the Army).  I currently work for the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Pilot.

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Tim Ochsner

I joined the Army as a tank mechanic in 1985 before going to the Infantry in 1987.  I later joined the Special Forces in 2002 retiring as a Colonel in 2019.  I served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa in addition to stateside assignments.  I have been married for 31 years with 3 children (one in the USMC, one in the US Navy and one in the Army).  I currently work for the Texas Department of Public Safety as Chief Pilot.

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My name is Nicholas James DeGreek and I was born into a military family.  Born in Stuttgart, Germany in February 1981.  My parents got out of the Army in 1984 so that is when we came back to the states.  I have lived at Ft Lewis, WA, bay area CA, NW Missouri, and all over Montana.

I joined the US Army Reserve in 1998 as a split option soldier.  I did basic at Ft Sill, OK and AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland as a 52D.  I went on active duty in September 2000 and got stationed at Ft Campbell,  KY.  I spent 10 years stuck in the black hole.  I got deployed to Iraq for the war in 03 to 04, then went back to FOB Speicher in 05 to 06, then a final deployment to Afghanistan in mar 08 to may 09.  Upon returning I went through the med board process and was medically retired and signed out on leave in July of 2010 as a SSG.

I currently live in St Marie, MT with my wife of almost 21 years, 4 children, and as of this writing there will be one more born in a week.  3 daughters and 2 sons.  My wife and I also foster 3 girls.  I love hunting and fishing and generally being outdoors teaching my children about the resources around them.  I am also a technician for C&b operations working on John Deere equipment.

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Nicholas DeGreek

My name is Nicholas James DeGreek and I was born into a military family.  Born in Stuttgart, Germany in February 1981.  My parents got out of the Army in 1984 so that is when we came back to the states.  I have lived at Ft Lewis, WA, bay area CA, NW Missouri, and all over Montana.

I joined the US Army Reserve in 1998 as a split option soldier.  I did basic at Ft Sill, OK and AIT at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland as a 52D.  I went on active duty in September 2000 and got stationed at Ft Campbell,  KY.  I spent 10 years stuck in the black hole.  I got deployed to Iraq for the war in 03 to 04, then went back to FOB Speicher in 05 to 06, then a final deployment to Afghanistan in mar 08 to may 09.  Upon returning I went through the med board process and was medically retired and signed out on leave in July of 2010 as a SSG.

I currently live in St Marie, MT with my wife of almost 21 years, 4 children, and as of this writing there will be one more born in a week.  3 daughters and 2 sons.  My wife and I also foster 3 girls.  I love hunting and fishing and generally being outdoors teaching my children about the resources around them.  I am also a technician for C&b operations working on John Deere equipment.

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Michael Alan Smith: There are two areas of my life I would like to address. First, I am a born again, Christ believing Christian. And second, I am an former Army helicopter pilot, of the Vietnam vintage. Army flying experience has had a profound influence on my life.

Flight school tested and broke my rebellious spirit. When our company received its first leave, there were two of us restricted to the barracks. The slogan that still rings in my ear is,”cooperate and graduate.” I am definitively not the sharpest pencil in the box, but I finally did stop fighting the system. My Tack Officer said to me at the end of the first phase of flight school, “ I never thought you would make it”, and I said, “neither did I.” But once we started flying I was hooked, and it became the love of my life. The second phase of flight school was Fort Rucker, and then orders for Vietnam.

Vietnam flying was flying,flying,flying. We preflighted in the dark and got back to base in the dark. The Huey was a rugged and very dependable air plane doing everything asked of it and then some. Not once did it failed to do its job. We were sometimes ask to do things with this air plane that were pretty phenomenal. Once we had an insertion on the side of a steep mountain, with a full load of troops. An LZ was cut in the mountain side. We hovered down 100′, and then each soldier one by one would walk along the skid and step off the toe of the skid. Looking back, the thing which gives the greatest pride is, not one person was ever hurt on my watch, I brought everyone safely home. But I need to add this, God kept all of us safe when I flew and brought us home safely.

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Mike Smith

Michael Alan Smith: There are two areas of my life I would like to address. First, I am a born again, Christ believing Christian. And second, I am an former Army helicopter pilot, of the Vietnam vintage. Army flying experience has had a profound influence on my life.

Flight school tested and broke my rebellious spirit. When our company received its first leave, there were two of us restricted to the barracks. The slogan that still rings in my ear is,”cooperate and graduate.” I am definitively not the sharpest pencil in the box, but I finally did stop fighting the system. My Tack Officer said to me at the end of the first phase of flight school, “ I never thought you would make it”, and I said, “neither did I.” But once we started flying I was hooked, and it became the love of my life. The second phase of flight school was Fort Rucker, and then orders for Vietnam.

Vietnam flying was flying,flying,flying. We preflighted in the dark and got back to base in the dark. The Huey was a rugged and very dependable air plane doing everything asked of it and then some. Not once did it failed to do its job. We were sometimes ask to do things with this air plane that were pretty phenomenal. Once we had an insertion on the side of a steep mountain, with a full load of troops. An LZ was cut in the mountain side. We hovered down 100′, and then each soldier one by one would walk along the skid and step off the toe of the skid. Looking back, the thing which gives the greatest pride is, not one person was ever hurt on my watch, I brought everyone safely home. But I need to add this, God kept all of us safe when I flew and brought us home safely.

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My name is Matt Deatherage, I was born in Sacramento California and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. Joined the army at 18 straight out of high school. I joined the infantry and then went on to airborne school, graduated and then was immediately shipped off to Afghanistan. I was stationed in the Arghandab river valley. Spent 11-1/2 months in combat until ultimately stepping on a landmine that resulted in the loss and amputation of both lower legs. I retired from the military in 2014 and now reside in San Antonio Texas.

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Matt Deatherage

My name is Matt Deatherage, I was born in Sacramento California and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. Joined the army at 18 straight out of high school. I joined the infantry and then went on to airborne school, graduated and then was immediately shipped off to Afghanistan. I was stationed in the Arghandab river valley. Spent 11-1/2 months in combat until ultimately stepping on a landmine that resulted in the loss and amputation of both lower legs. I retired from the military in 2014 and now reside in San Antonio Texas.

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I was born and raised in Fort Worth Texas. I graduated high school from Castleberry High School in River Oaks TX in 2004. I joined the Marine Corps after high school. Volunteered for 2 tours in Iraq. 05-06 Fallujah / 07 Fallujah. 29 November 2007 my vehicle was hit by an IED, which caused the amputation of both legs below the knee. After many surgeries and extensive rehab at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio I was able to continue with life. I graduated Fort Worth Police Academy December 11, 2020. Could not be the man I am today without my family. Wife Stacey, son Elijah (15) and daughters Mila (5) Ava (3) Olivia (1).

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Zach Briseño

I was born and raised in Fort Worth Texas. I graduated high school from Castleberry High School in River Oaks TX in 2004. I joined the Marine Corps after high school. Volunteered for 2 tours in Iraq. 05-06 Fallujah / 07 Fallujah. 29 November 2007 my vehicle was hit by an IED, which caused the amputation of both legs below the knee. After many surgeries and extensive rehab at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio I was able to continue with life. I graduated Fort Worth Police Academy December 11, 2020. Could not be the man I am today without my family. Wife Stacey, son Elijah (15) and daughters Mila (5) Ava (3) Olivia (1).

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Michael Jernigan is a Marine who proudly served with Company E 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine regiment. On August 22, 2004 while on a deployment in Iraq, Michael’s platoon was on patrol when it was hit by two 155mm artillery shells buried under the ground. The Improvised Explosive Device threw him 20 meters from their Humvee. Michael suffered life threatening and life changing injuries that day. 45% of his cranium was crushed in.  He had shrapnel enter in his right eye and exit through his left eye, cutting everything in between. He had to have two fingers reattached and his left knee fully reconstructed. He fractured his patella and cut his femoral artery. Michael went through 30 major surgeries in the first 12 months and spent 16 months in hospitals and rehab facilities.

It has been sixteen years since the attack. Michael has taken his second chance at life and turned it into something that is never taken for granted. Michael is currently the President of the Blinded American Veterans Foundation; a national non-profit dedicated to research, rehabilitation and reemployment for blind and visually impaired veterans. For the past two years he has been lobbying congress on behalf of Blind and visually impaired veterans as well as Military caregivers.  He volunteers his time whenever it is needed and always offers a helping hand to his fellow veterans. Michael has touched thousands of lives through his motivational speaking, peer to peer counseling and his book, titled “Vision.” Michael’s continued service to others has not gone unnoticed.  For his life of dedication and continual community service Michael has been award the ‘Veteran of the Year Award’ from his hometown of St. Petersburg Florida, ‘The Ross Perot Patriot award’ and most recently he was selected by the Medal of Honor Society to receive their 2020 Citizen Honors Service Act Award. He has turned the most traumatic experience of his life into a life filled with a new purpose; to help others gain their vision. Michael’s favorite saying is, “It wasn’t until I lost my sight, that I gained my vision”. Too often people solely rely on their eyes to see, but miss out on life’s most precious moments, the ones you can’t see, but only feel. Michael truly embodies what it means to be a Marine, “honor, courage, commitment”.

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Michael Jernigan

Michael Jernigan is a Marine who proudly served with Company E 2nd Battalion 2nd Marine regiment. On August 22, 2004 while on a deployment in Iraq, Michael’s platoon was on patrol when it was hit by two 155mm artillery shells buried under the ground. The Improvised Explosive Device threw him 20 meters from their Humvee. Michael suffered life threatening and life changing injuries that day. 45% of his cranium was crushed in.  He had shrapnel enter in his right eye and exit through his left eye, cutting everything in between. He had to have two fingers reattached and his left knee fully reconstructed. He fractured his patella and cut his femoral artery. Michael went through 30 major surgeries in the first 12 months and spent 16 months in hospitals and rehab facilities.

It has been sixteen years since the attack. Michael has taken his second chance at life and turned it into something that is never taken for granted. Michael is currently the President of the Blinded American Veterans Foundation; a national non-profit dedicated to research, rehabilitation and reemployment for blind and visually impaired veterans. For the past two years he has been lobbying congress on behalf of Blind and visually impaired veterans as well as Military caregivers.  He volunteers his time whenever it is needed and always offers a helping hand to his fellow veterans. Michael has touched thousands of lives through his motivational speaking, peer to peer counseling and his book, titled “Vision.” Michael’s continued service to others has not gone unnoticed.  For his life of dedication and continual community service Michael has been award the ‘Veteran of the Year Award’ from his hometown of St. Petersburg Florida, ‘The Ross Perot Patriot award’ and most recently he was selected by the Medal of Honor Society to receive their 2020 Citizen Honors Service Act Award. He has turned the most traumatic experience of his life into a life filled with a new purpose; to help others gain their vision. Michael’s favorite saying is, “It wasn’t until I lost my sight, that I gained my vision”. Too often people solely rely on their eyes to see, but miss out on life’s most precious moments, the ones you can’t see, but only feel. Michael truly embodies what it means to be a Marine, “honor, courage, commitment”.

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Cpl. Danny Ruck

United States Marine Corps Infantry

0351 – Infantry Assaultman

3rd Battalion 8th Marines (3/8) Weapons Co. – CAAT Plt. 2007-2009

Wounded Warrior BN-  East – 2009 – 2012

On 1/22/09 sometime past midnight while returning from a 12 hr OP, my Humvee was returning to our COP when we ran over a pressure plate IED. The IED was designed for a vehicle coming the other direction, so as a result it did not go off directly in the middle of the Humvee but behind the engine block. Myself and my Fire Team Leader were injured by the blast with shrapnel and burns. Due to it being dark out, I was unaware of my injuries at the time and was providing security while my corpsman worked on my Fire Team Leader.

When we advanced to the vehicle in front of us for cover and determined a complex ambush was not imminent, I began to calm down and began to feel pain in my legs and arms. I had another Marine come look me over and when he turned on his headlamp found that I had been wounded on both arms and legs from shrapnel and burns. He immediately began placing tourniquets and pressure dressing on my wounds. After QRF arrived we were taken back to our COP where it was about 2 hours before the US Army flew us to a local hospital. There, both of us were treated for our injuries. Since his were more severe he was transported the next day to Germany and I was flown by the Royal Marines back to the NATO Base, Camp Bastion in Helmend Province. There I remained for 2.5 months having my shrapnel and burns treated. I then returned to my squad where I finished up my deployment and when I returned home still completed my advanced MOS school to be a fire team leader.

After that school, I had to do my post deployment medical workup and while training for the next deployment it was found that I had TBI and would not be able to continue in the infantry. That was when I was transferred to Wounded Warrior BN – East where I spent the next couple years on my medical retirement process from the Marine Corps.

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Danny Ruck

Cpl. Danny Ruck

United States Marine Corps Infantry

0351 – Infantry Assaultman

3rd Battalion 8th Marines (3/8) Weapons Co. – CAAT Plt. 2007-2009

Wounded Warrior BN-  East – 2009 – 2012

On 1/22/09 sometime past midnight while returning from a 12 hr OP, my Humvee was returning to our COP when we ran over a pressure plate IED. The IED was designed for a vehicle coming the other direction, so as a result it did not go off directly in the middle of the Humvee but behind the engine block. Myself and my Fire Team Leader were injured by the blast with shrapnel and burns. Due to it being dark out, I was unaware of my injuries at the time and was providing security while my corpsman worked on my Fire Team Leader.

When we advanced to the vehicle in front of us for cover and determined a complex ambush was not imminent, I began to calm down and began to feel pain in my legs and arms. I had another Marine come look me over and when he turned on his headlamp found that I had been wounded on both arms and legs from shrapnel and burns. He immediately began placing tourniquets and pressure dressing on my wounds. After QRF arrived we were taken back to our COP where it was about 2 hours before the US Army flew us to a local hospital. There, both of us were treated for our injuries. Since his were more severe he was transported the next day to Germany and I was flown by the Royal Marines back to the NATO Base, Camp Bastion in Helmend Province. There I remained for 2.5 months having my shrapnel and burns treated. I then returned to my squad where I finished up my deployment and when I returned home still completed my advanced MOS school to be a fire team leader.

After that school, I had to do my post deployment medical workup and while training for the next deployment it was found that I had TBI and would not be able to continue in the infantry. That was when I was transferred to Wounded Warrior BN – East where I spent the next couple years on my medical retirement process from the Marine Corps.

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I joined the Marine Corps right out of High School in 2003. My MOS was 3531 motor transport. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. Deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. I was hit by an IED on March 18th, 2004. I had many surgeries and ended up having all the toes on my right foot amputated. After a year of rehab and healing I was medically retired from the Marine Corps in Sept. of 05. I went to Trinity Valley Community College and received my associate’s degree. I started working at solar turbines in 2009 and have been with them since. I’ve had several different job roles. My job role now is to travel the world going to customer sites upgrading their equipment (turbine engines that drive compressors, generators. Etc.) I am married and have three children Abigail 10, Blaine 5, Shaylee 4.

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John Dawdy

I joined the Marine Corps right out of High School in 2003. My MOS was 3531 motor transport. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. Deployed to Camp Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. I was hit by an IED on March 18th, 2004. I had many surgeries and ended up having all the toes on my right foot amputated. After a year of rehab and healing I was medically retired from the Marine Corps in Sept. of 05. I went to Trinity Valley Community College and received my associate’s degree. I started working at solar turbines in 2009 and have been with them since. I’ve had several different job roles. My job role now is to travel the world going to customer sites upgrading their equipment (turbine engines that drive compressors, generators. Etc.) I am married and have three children Abigail 10, Blaine 5, Shaylee 4.

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