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Distinguished Military and Business Leaders Join Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation Coalition

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Ted Skokos, Lyla Kohistany and Vincent “Rocco” Vargas will bring insights and expertise to help guide the development of a D.C. memorial honoring those who served in the GWOT

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2019 – The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is welcoming two new ambassadors and adding a new member to its board of directors.

Over the course of their tenures, the new team members will lend their expertise and strategic insights in support of the Foundation’s mission to build a national memorial recognizing all those who have served, and continue to serve, in the GWOT. The new team members are:

• Ted Skokos (GWOT Memorial Foundation Board of Directors) is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and an entrepreneur residing in Dallas, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during all three Gulf War missions and retired in 1992 as a 21-year veteran. After successful tenures as a prosecutor and civil attorney, Skokos focused his energy on the business world, founding companies in the wireless communications and medical device industries. He and his wife Shannon founded The Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation, which awards grants to public charities making a positive impact on society.

• Lyla Kohistany (GWOT Memorial Foundation Ambassador) is the president and co-founder of PROMOTE, a non-profit focused on creating inclusive national security teams. A native of Afghanistan, she served on active duty from 2001-2007 as a naval surface warfare and intelligence officer and deployed to Bagram in 2005. Since 2008, she has enabled and advised military operations in Afghanistan as a consultant for the Defense Intelligence Agency and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). From 2013-2014, Kohistany deployed as the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan’s cultural advisor. She currently consults for USSOCOM as a Cultural Advisor and the Cultural Intelligence Center as a Master Trainer.

• Vincent “Rocco” Vargas (GWOT Memorial Foundation Ambassador) is a writer and actor known for The Long Way Back (2016) and Dads in Parks (2016). He currently plays Gilberto ‘Gilly’ Lopez on Mayans M.C. on FX, and hosts the Vinny Roc Podcast. Vargas became an Army Ranger at 22 years old and completed three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 2nd Battalion. He entered the Army Reserve following active duty, working in special operations for the Arizona Department of Corrections and U.S. Border Patrol before starting his entertainment career.

“Each of these accomplished individuals brings a unique set of skills, expertise and perspective to our mission, and we are honored to welcome them as valued new team members,” said Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, president and CEO of the GWOT Memorial Foundation. “As our team continues to grow, their leadership and continued selfless service will be invaluable as we seek to establish a memorial on the National Mall befitting all those who have served, continue to serve, and will serve in our nation’s longest conflict.”

“To be a part of this effort is a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a legacy that will remind, educate and inspire future generations of the sacrifice of thousands of Americans that came before them to combat and defeat terrorism,” said Skokos.

Over the months ahead, the GWOT Memorial Foundation is focused on advocating for land within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Winstanley Architects & Planners (WA&P), the Foundation’s executive architect, is managing and overseeing the 24-step process required by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) to design and build the memorial in Washington, D.C.

WA&P has already surveyed groups around the country, gathering input from veterans, service members, military families and the American people about what the memorial should represent, the feelings it should evoke and the educational elements it should convey.

Once a site is selected and approved, the Foundation will oversee an invited memorial design competition which captures the themes discovered, including those of endurance and sacrifice on a global and multi-cultural scale in America’s longest war.

To learn more about the GWOT Memorial Foundation or to donate, visit gwotmf.org or follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

Eagles and Angels Ltd – Andy Stumpf Limited Edition Notebook Cover

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

A veteran owned business, Eagles and Angels takes uniforms from other Combat vets and creates cool items like this notebook cover. It’s made from heavy-duty leather, with two pockets for business cards as well as a pen holder. Additionally, it comes with a notebook.

in this case, the fabric inlay of the American flag cane from Andy Stumpf. Andy began his SEAL career attached to SEAL Team Five, in Coronado California. In 2002 he screened for and joined the most elite counter-terrorism unit in the military, SEAL Team Six.  This unit is tasked with conducting the nation’s most critical missions, many of which have become the focus of Hollywood movies and books.  While on a combat deployment an Iraqi insurgent shot Andy at close range with an AK-47.

Connect with Navy SEAL Combat Veteran, Andy Stumpf, on his Instagram page: HERE

A portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

eaglesandangelsltd.com/shop/stumpf-fnc

Help Vic Ramos Beat Cancer

Monday, February 18th, 2019

We received some bad news. Vic Ramos has recently been hospitalized and unfortunately has been diagnosed with cancer. As you can imagine, he’s staring treatment immediately. His friends have started a Go Fund Me page in hopes to take care of some of his bills.

He will be being treated at Scripps in Encinitas and the prognosis looks good at this point. More testing is needed and that should be started this week.

If you know Vic he will get thru this, as he calls it, “Adventure”. If you can help it would be appreciated.

www.gofundme.com/victor-ramos-medical-bills

Provengo Announces NEW Mechanix Wear Thin Blue Line Gloves

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Provengo recently announced they have teamed up with Mechanix Wear to provide government users an exclusive deal on the brand new Thin Blue Line Gloves.

 

The Limited Edition Thin Blue Line Original® features subdued logos and Thin Blue Line insignia for dedicated hands in law enforcement. Take control with high-dexterity 0.6mm synthetic leather and stay connected with touchscreen technology in the palm of your hands. The Thin Blue Line Original® features removable trigger finger seams for a custom fit and carrier loops for storage in the field. These limited edition gloves feature form-fitting TrekDry, helping to keep your hands cool and comfortable. Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) closure provides a secure fit while the reinforced thumb and index finger provide added durability.

NOTE: $1 of every sale is donated to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Provengo is currently offering 20% off for eligible law enforcement/government users. Simply register for an account at Provengo.com to access this deal.

2nd Annual Memorial 3-Gun Registration Opens January 1st, 2019

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

First 100 Active Duty Service Members to Sign Up, Shoot Free!

Ft. Bragg, N.C. – (January 2019)- The Memorial 3Gun Foundation is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition presented by Grey Ghost Precision, happening September 13 -15, 2019 at Gryphon Group Security Solutions in Maxton, North Carolina.

The purpose of this event is to bring the competitive shooting world together with current and past military members and their families to Remember, Honor, and Memorialize eight fallen heroes in the spirit of competitive shooting. All proceeds go directly to the families of the fallen soldiers honored at the competition.

The first 100 active duty service members to register for this event, will have their money refunded on the first day of competition. This is all possible because of Grey Ghost Precision, who generously donated 100 match slots to our service men and women.  

Competitors can expect a mix of traditional 3gun style stages and non-traditional types of

stages from classic “run and gun” to shooting from a moving vehicle or a parachute harness, and clearing obstacles.  This competition will expose competitors to situations they have never been placed in before, while at the same time honoring those who have sacrificed everything for our country.

• Registration: Registration opens at Noon, January 1st on PractiScore Click Here

• Who: Open to the public and all current/past military service men and women

• What: 2nd Annual Memorial 3Gun Competition

• Format: 10 Stages/ 3 Side Stages

o Little Bird Stage ($5.00 per raffle ticket for a slot.  This stage is tentative)

• Divisions:

o Tac Ops

o Open

• Entry Fee:  

o Gold Star family members shoot for free.

o $225.00 General Public

o $175.00 Current Military Members with proof of ID (ID must be shown at registration day of event).

• Sticker Contest: We are giving away two free slots.

o Rules are as follows: Take a unique picture using one of our stickers. Post the photo on Instagram.  Tag @memorial3gun and three shooting buddies in the post.  Hashtag the following #memorial3gun and #mem3guncontest1

o The best picture will win a slot and be announced on Memorial Day 2019, and  July 4th, 2019

• When: September 13-15, 2019

• Where: Gryphon Group Security Solutions, 16780 Airbase Rd, Maxton, NC 2836

About Memorial 3-Gun:

The mission of the Memorial 3Gun Foundation is to remember, honor, and memorialize fallen Special Operations soldiers through the world of competitive shooting. We want the families to know they are not alone during and after this tragic time. During our competition, we share stories and remember who these heroes were and the life they led. Every person who competes walks away with a sense of who each of these men were. All proceeds for our events go directly to the families of the fallen soldiers we are honoring at the event. We will never forget and not let anyone else forget, the ultimate sacrifice these brave men made for this country.  

To learn more about the Memorial 3Gun Foundation, visit us on the web at www.Memorial3gun.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

SOC-F Weymouth Woods 100K Trail Run

Monday, December 31st, 2018

A team of special operations Soldiers are making this trail run on 19 January, 2019 to raise money for the nonprofit Special Operations Care – Fund. Please consider donating at www.soc-f.org/donate.

Spirit of Blue Awards LMT Rifles to the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Spirit of Blue Awards LMT Rifles to the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team

Lansing, Michigan – December 21, 2018 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded an Equipment Safety Grant to the Michigan State Police (MSP) in the form of five tactical rifles valued at a combined $12,995.  The MSP Emergency Support Team received the rifles and they will use them to assist in the conduct of their duties across the state.  LMT Defense, the manufacturer of the rifles, generously donated the product, which they manufacture domestically in Milan, Illinois.  Also contributing to the grant also was Law Enforcement United who has supported Spirit of Blue’s efforts since 2016 and Eugene Adamczyk (MSP Inspector, ret.) who was instrumental in the execution of the grant.

The Spirit of Blue presented the Michigan State Police with five tactical rifles valued at $12,955.  Presenting the grant (left to right) were Mathew Pruitt, LMT Director of Sales & Marketing; Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director and Gary Blair, Board Chairman of Spirit of Blue.  Receiving the grant (left to right) were Lt. David Sosinski, Emergency Support Team Leader and Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police.

“The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team handles over 200 high-risk calls for service each year,” said MSP Director, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “We sincerely appreciate the generosity of the Spirit of Blue Foundation, LMT Defense and Law Enforcement United. I assure you that your support of our team will have a significant impact across the state of Michigan.”

 

The donated LMT Defense CQB10-MARS-LA rifles feature a fully ambidextrous lower assembly, 10.5” barrel, railed hand guards, select-fire trigger group and other enhancements making it specifically suited for the Emergency Support Team’s use.  LMT Defense was founded in 1980 to provide the US military, law enforcement and government agencies with precision engineered, high quality weapons.  Since that time LMT Defense has gone on to distribute its product to militaries, national police agencies and VIP protection details in 43 nations around the world.

“We are very happy to see these amazing tools go to such a very professional and deserving agency,” stated Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “From the command staff all the way down to the most junior member of the Emergency Support Team, it is clear that the people of Michigan are served incredibly well.  And now this team will have will have an extra measure of capability to employ if and when it is necessary.” 

 

Statistics maintained by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 145 law enforcement officers lost their lives so far in 2018 – a 6% increase over the previous year.  50 of those deaths were firearm related, a 12% increase over 2017.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

 

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

 

5th Quartermaster Brings Holiday Cheer with Operation Toy Drop

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

ALZEY, Germany — U.S., NATO ally and partner paratroopers participated in the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company’s Operation Toy Drop Dec. 11-14.

Capt. Rizzoli Elias, company commander, the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, gives a German child a stuffed animal as part of Operation Toy Drop at Alzey, Germany Dec. 13. Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event. It entails sharing airborne operations, tactics, techniques and procedures, strengthening relationships with local communities and with NATO allies and partners as well as developing interoperability.

“It’s so much fun seeing other nations get in on our training and us to get on their training to see how they operate with these airborne operations, to see how we operate,” said Sgt. Kyle D. Shields, a parachute rigger with the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company, 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade.

A paratrooper with an open parachute descends over Alzey Drop Zone during Operation Toy Drop in Alzey, Germany, Dec. 13. Operation Toy Drop is an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations and develop interoperability.

“All of us use different parachute systems across the different militaries, so it’s just trying to get everybody synced up in one parachute system and make sure everybody understands that every system has a risk factor and different ways you have to steer it, fly it and turn it,” Shields said.

Holiday cheer played a major role during Operation Toy Drop.

Part of this cheer was Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and elves jumping out of an airplane and then giving toys to children from the Kaiserslautern area. Both U.S. and German children smiled and laughed with excitement as they received presents from members of the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company, who dressed up as Christmas characters during Operation Toy Drop. The toys given to the children were donated by paratroopers participating in this event.

U.S., NATO ally, and partner service members receive Irish jump wings during a wing ceremony exchange hosted by the 5th Quartermaster Theater Aerial Delivery Company, at Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern, Germany Dec. 14. The paratroopers earned their jump wings while participating in Operation Toy Drop, an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

“It’s a huge role for us to give back, especially to the local community within Germany, to all these kids and the American community that may not get as many presents as we do on Christmas,” said Sgt. Joshua A. Parkinson, an aerial delivery supervisor with the 5th Quartermaster, Theater Aerial Delivery Company. “For us to be able to do something for them while enjoying it together, then to get to watch their faces at the drop zone as Santa comes around and hands them toys from a bundle that dropped down from the sky … it’s really an indescribable feeling, but it’s something that every single jumper out here, whether they’re American or not, absolutely loves.”

Paratroopers from U.S., NATO ally and partner militaries “high five” children at Alzey Drop Zone during Operation Toy Drop at Alzey, Germany Dec. 13. During this event U.S. and German children received toys as part of Operation Toy Drop, an annual multi-national training event designed to strengthen relations with the local community and develop interoperability.

Operation Toy Drop concluded with a wing exchange ceremony, in which paratroopers that jumped with a foreign nation, would get a certificate with that country’s wings.

“For us being able to give them American jump wings and from us receiving any number of the number of countries that are here, even the British are giving out jump wings for the first time in years, for me that is absolutely huge,” Parkinson said. “It builds a real sense of these are the people to my left and right that I can count on. We go downrange, we go to a firefight these are the people we’ll be working with and for me that is absolutely everything.”

According to Shields, one of the biggest takeaways is looking forward to future operations with the NATO allies.

“We established a lot of good connections and contacts here while we were doing Operation Toy Drop,” Shields said. “That allows us to communicate with the other armies that are around us so that we can plan additional training exercises and other tactics teaching.”

By SSG Sinthia Rosario