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Team Rubicon Appoints Four New Members to Its Advisory Board

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

LOS ANGELES, (August 21, 2017) – Veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon welcomes four members to its advisory board with the appointments of Andy Bessette, Gen. (ret) James Conway, Gregg Lemkau, and Jeff Smith.

“Our newest board members bring a broad range of experience from the finance, insurance, government, and military sectors,” said Jake Wood, Team Rubicon cofounder and CEO. “With nearly 50 disaster response operations under our belt in 2017 alone, these individuals will enhance and accelerate our efforts to build stronger communities through continued service.”

Andy Bessette is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Travelers. Bessette is responsible for operations from real estate to community relations as well as sports partnerships, including the company’s official marketing partnership with the PGA Tour. A member of the 1980 Olympic Team, he continues to support Olympic Committee activities. Bessette holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Gen. (ret) James Conway was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 1969. During his 40-year career in the Marine Corps, Conway initially led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 with 90,000 troops under his command. During his second tour, he oversaw the Battle of Fallujah. Conway was the senior operations officer on the Joints Chiefs of Staff providing support as a military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the President. He also served as the 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as the senior uniformed Marine.

Gregg Lemkau is the co-head of global mergers and acquisitions for Goldman Sachs. He is a member of firm’s management committee, the investment banking division executive committee, and the investment banking division operating committee. He joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions department in 1992. Lemkau was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. He earned a Bachelor’s in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College in 1991.

Jeff Smith is the senior vice president of human resources for FedEx Ground. With over 20 years of strategic leadership in human resources and operational roles, he joined FedEx Ground in November of 2014 as vice president of human resources and was named senior vice president in June 2017. Jeff is a member of The Conference Board’s Chief Human Resources Officer Committee and served on the Client Advisory Board for Linkage – Women in Leadership. Jeff is an Army Veteran serving as a member of 5th Special Forces Group and as an Army Aviator with 1/147th Aviation Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. Jeff has a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s from the University of Iowa.

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty founded Team Rubicon in 2010 following the massive Haiti earthquake. The nonprofit organization has grown from eight volunteers to over 50,000 with over 200 operations under its belt, including responses to Superstorm Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and Hurricane Matthew.

www.TeamRubiconUSA.org

Team Room Designs

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Founded by Special Forces Veterans, Team Room Designs was born in an SF team room to provide legacy gifts to fellow teammates and brothers/sisters in arms. They specialize in woodwork and have done quite a bit with rustic flag designs.

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www.teamroomdesignsllc.com

Navy Veteran Named Director Of Operations For Counter Human Trafficking Organization

Friday, August 4th, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (August 1, 2017) – Michael “Fulli” Fullilove, who served 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, has been appointed Director of Operations for DeliverFund, a national nonprofit private intelligence organization providing counter human trafficking services to law enforcement who combat human trafficking.

During his military service Fullilove deployed to numerous locations around the world including multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kosovo as well as many developing nations where he worked with senior-level foreign government officials in combatting violent extremist organizations.

Fullilove is an expert in Risk, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, Counter and Anti-Terrorism operations, Surveillance, and Counter-Surveillance. He has worked extensively with law enforcement and inter-agency stakeholders in sharing resources and assets to expand training for the Special Operations community. Since retiring from the military, Fullilove has been an operations consultant for select military and government agency clients.

Fullilove is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous specific Commendation Medals. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College and a Master’s Degree from Penn State. He is a qualified Special Forces Medic and speaks conversational Spanish. Before joining DeliverFund, Fullilove was Managing Director of Security Services for Barrister Global Solutions, LLC.

Fullilove’s responsibilities with DeliverFund will include supervision of the organization’s operational team and contractors; overseeing law enforcement support services and coordination of DeliverFund intelligence operations.

DeliverFund is a registered 501c3 organization whose team is composed of individuals from the US Special Operations and Intelligence communities. Collectively they have decades of experience understanding and dismantling illicit groups around the world. DeliverFund has redirected their training and expertise in counterterrorism to combat the prolific problem of human trafficking in the United States. DeliverFund partners with law enforcement to provide the additional data needed to do their jobs by outlining strategic intelligence opportunities increasing their success rate arresting traffickers and freeing victims.

Bates Footwear Raises Funds For The Grand Rapids Home For Veterans During Military Appreciation Month

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

ROCKFORD, Mich., Aug. 2, 2017 – In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Bates recognized those who serve and have served by giving back to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. During the month of May, a portion of all online sales at batesfootwear.com was donated to the GRHV. Bates raised over $8,000.00 to help support the local charitable organization that provides long-term care and support for Michigan’s veterans.

“Bates is privileged to build a partnership with the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and honor our service members during Military Appreciation Month,” said Andrew Fowler, VP & General Manager, Bates Footwear. “The opportunity to provide support to those who fought for and defended our freedom is at the heart of Bates and the Grand Rapids Veterans Home.

The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is a long-term care state veterans home located on 90 beautifully wooded and landscaped acres near the mighty Grand River. It was originally constructed on this property in 1885 and is one of 152 state veterans’ homes throughout the nation. Initially founded in response to the needs of veterans in the aftermath of the Civil War, GRHV continues the tradition of serving the needs of Michigan’s veterans today, changing and adapting to the needs of the current and future veteran populations.

To learn more about the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, or to download the application policies, please visit michiganveterans.com/grandrapids

Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Welcomes ‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees to Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Minneapolis & Los Angeles (July 24, 2017) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, and “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” announced veterans Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (Ret.) have been named as the honorary “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. The two post-9/11 veteran heroes were chosen from over 50 total entries in a nomination program that called upon friends and family members to submit deserving veterans for a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle therapy adventure.

Corporal Joshua Stein, US Army (Ret.) joined the Army in February of 2005 as a 12B Combat Engineer, and was deployed to Iraq in December. On Easter Sunday of 2006, Josh and his team were struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator bomb that blasted through their armored Bradley vehicle and immediately severed and cauterized both of Josh’s legs. Doctors in Iraq prioritized limb salvage, saving both his arms, and transported him back to the U.S., where he eventually woke up out of a medically induced coma with his family surrounding him a the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. Following a long battle, and significant rehabilitation, Josh found a purpose at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) from which he’ll be graduating in Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 2017.

Josh’s best friend, Corporal Neil Frustaglio, US Marines (Ret.) joined the Marines right after graduating high school and was deployed in September of 2005 with his unit to Ramadi, Iraq. While on a mission providing security during the Iraqi elections, Neil’s convoy sustained two massive IED explosions. As a result of the blasts, Neil lost both of his legs above the knee and received third-degree burns to twenty percent of his body, forcing him to undergo 24 surgeries and intense physical therapy at the young age of twenty-two. In a significant effort to turn around his life, support his family and maintain a regular life, Neil went back to work and eventually to school. He graduated in December 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Arizona State University. Neil grew up riding motorcycles, was constantly on a bike before his injury.

“We’re extremely excited for this year’s ride to Sturgis. We have a great group of veterans joining us, and each and every year is special in its own right,” said David Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Our Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime selectees, Josh and Neil, know a thing or two about resiliency. It’ll be incredible to witness two above-the-knee bi-lateral amputees push and motivate one another half way across the country as they trade off riding an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar. That indomitable spirit and nature will be powerful for our entire group of veterans.”

The two heroes will pilot an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar with modifications made by John Meade, owner of Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and his veteran employees in Phoenix, AZ. The Indian Scout Sidecar rig will be outfitted with a Rekluse Clutch, which eliminates the need to pull the clutch handle for shifting, a hand shift mechanism so the amputee rider can shift the bike manually, and the rear brake system will be moved and adapted to a hand brake on the left handlebar. The Scout will be complete with a custom Corbin seat to provide extra comfort and seating area for the long journey.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis will depart from Los Angeles on July 28, on Indian Motorcycles and Champion Sidecars. The therapeutic adventure provides participating veterans the opportunity to work toward overcoming their post-war challenges while out on the open road. Riding through the most scenic back roads of the western United States, veterans will not only experience the great outdoors and the beauty this country has to offer, but also make stops to meet with other veterans, supporters, riders, and participate in various adjacent adventures. Upon arrival in Sturgis on August 5, the group will be treated to a special “Heroes Welcome” before taking part in a week of activities that further solidify the brotherhood and sisterhood formed during the ride.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.

Primary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars & Trikes, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Monster Energy Drink, Bates Footwear, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Avon Tyres, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To follow the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/veterans-ride and VeteransCharityRide.org.

ALCON: WW II Marine Raiders Support Request

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary World War II battle Marine Raiders fought in Guadalcanal.


The MARSOC Foundation recently learned that several Marine Raiders from the “Greatest Generation” need financial assistance to reunite at the annual Marine Raiders Reunion in San Diego, CA.

These WW II heroes are over ninety-five years young and on fixed incomes. They need our assistance to offset the high cost of travel. Please help support bringing the World War II Marine Raiders together to mark the historic battle of “Bloody Ridge.”

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Make a donation to the MARSOC Foundation: marsocfoundation.org/donate

2. Send a tax deductible check to the MARSOC Foundation:
To donate by check, please make checks payable to:
MARSOC Foundation
PO Box 2018
Temecula, CA 92593-2018

3. Donate a weapon to the MARSOC Foundation Scottsdale, AZ Gun Club Charity auction scheduled for Friday 03 November, 2017

The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable foundation. Tax ID # 45-2913544 (**Guidestar Platinum level non – profit charity member**)

The MARSOC Foundation hopes that leaders in the firearms can make a contribution to support this event or donate a weapon to our annual Scottsdale Gun Club charity auction for the MARSOC Foundation. Your contribution will help preserve the legacy of these great American Heroes and recognize their tremendous sacrifice for our Nation. They hope that you can get involved and assist them with this request.

Lastly, if any great Americans would like to attend a special event with the WW II Marine Raiders and the Marines and Sailors from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Battalions, let me know. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Guadalcanal battle and the WW II Raiders will be celebrating this historic day with us! The 5w’s are below:

Who: Marine Raiders and distinguished guests

What: Annual Raider Reunion 1940’s themed dinner and entertainment

Where: Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA, 92108

When: Friday August 11th at 1800

Why: To celebrate the history and traditions of our Marine Raiders.

(Please RSVP back to me no later than 06 July)

E-mail: Andy Christian at achristian@marsocfoundation.org

www.marsocfoundation.org

Retired SF SGM Hiking Appalachian Trail To Raise Money For SOWF

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Retired SF SGM and disabled veteran Paul Gaumond plans to hike the entire 2,190-mile long, Appalachian Trail beginning in March, 2018 with his daughter and wants to use the occasion to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

100% of the donations will go to the foundation and will be used in the following manner:

1. College scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations service members.
2. Family & educational counseling, including in-home tutoring.
3. Immediate $5,000.00 financial grants to severly combat wounded Special Operations service members.

There will be photos posted on his site as well as on the Special Operations Warrior Foundation site throughout the hike.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/paul-gaumond.

ALCON: WW II Marine Raiders Support Request

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary World War II battle Marine Raiders fought in Guadalcanal.


The MARSOC Foundation recently learned that several Marine Raiders from the “Greatest Generation” need financial assistance to reunite at the annual Marine Raiders Reunion in San Diego, CA.

These WW II heroes are over ninety-five years young and on fixed incomes. They need our assistance to offset the high cost of travel. Please help support bringing the World War II Marine Raiders together to mark the historic battle of “Bloody Ridge.”

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Make a donation to the MARSOC Foundation: marsocfoundation.org/donate

2. Send a tax deductible check to the MARSOC Foundation:
To donate by check, please make checks payable to:
MARSOC Foundation
PO Box 2018
Temecula, CA 92593-2018

3. Donate a weapon to the MARSOC Foundation Scottsdale, AZ Gun Club Charity auction scheduled for Friday 03 November, 2017

The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable foundation. Tax ID # 45-2913544 (**Guidestar Platinum level non – profit charity member**)

The MARSOC Foundation hopes that leaders in the firearms can make a contribution to support this event or donate a weapon to our annual Scottsdale Gun Club charity auction for the MARSOC Foundation. Your contribution will help preserve the legacy of these great American Heroes and recognize their tremendous sacrifice for our Nation. They hope that you can get involved and assist them with this request.

Lastly, if any great Americans would like to attend a special event with the WW II Marine Raiders and the Marines and Sailors from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Battalions, let me know. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Guadalcanal battle and the WW II Raiders will be celebrating this historic day with us! The 5w’s are below:

Who: Marine Raiders and distinguished guests

What: Annual Raider Reunion 1940’s themed dinner and entertainment

Where: Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA, 92108

When: Friday August 11th at 1800

Why: To celebrate the history and traditions of our Marine Raiders.

(Please RSVP back to me no later than 06 July)

E-mail: Andy Christian at achristian@marsocfoundation.org

www.marsocfoundation.org