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ECS Composites hires Special Projects Director and launches a new website

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Grants Pass, OR – Ashley Hernandez joins the team at ECS Composites™ as the new Special Projects Director. Additionally, ECS has drastically updated the website of their composites manufacturing facility in the Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon.

Ashley Hernandez joined ECS Composites as Director, Special Projects on 17 August 2020 after completing 20 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist and Special Operations Capability Specialist. Ashley’s addition to the team will help ECS Composites seek new federal government contracting opportunities in emerging fields and increase ECS relationship with the end-user.

During Ashley’s early Marine Corps career, he was stationed at 3D Marine Aircraft Wing where he deployed in 2002 with as an Analyst supporting VMFA-121 in Manas, Kyrgyzstan during the early outbreak of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ashley was only home a few months after he again deployed, this time with MAG-11 to Kuwait in 2003 to support Operation Southern Watch, which transitioned to Operation Iraqi Freedom, during the invasion of Iraq. Upon return from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ashley took over as the Intelligence Chief for VMFA-323 and deployed in 2005 upon the USS Carl Vinson where he again found himself supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Carl Vinson’s Strike Chief.

Ashley returned home and was selected to serve as a combat advisor on a Military Transition Team. Ashley deployed in 2006 to Ramadi, Iraq, where he trained and led Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Infantry Division. Upon returning home from Iraq, Ashley was accepted in 2007 to become an Intelligence Instructor at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center where he instructed the MAGTF Intelligence Specialist Entry Level Course. After completing his tour at the Intelligence School, Ashley was accepted to serve at Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in 2010 where he deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 as the Direct Support Team Chief for Marine Special Operations Company – Golf. After returning home from Afghanistan, Ashley helped lead and develop the creation of MARSOCs: Multi-Disciplined Intelligence Operator Course (MDIOC), serving as the Course Director and lead All-Source Instructor. Ashley would again deploy, this time serving as the J-2 Intelligence Chief for Joint Special Operations Task Force – Trans Sahel in 2014.

Following a return to MARSOC, Ashley was selected to serve as the Marine Raider Regiments Intelligence Chief. He was again selected to head MDIOC, serving as the Marine Raider Training Centers Intelligence Chief, overseeing the execution of MDIOC and the Marine Field Intelligence Course. Upon being selected to the rank of Master Sergeant, Ashley was selected to serve at the Pentagon in 2016, overseeing the 0231 Intelligence Specialist occupational field for Headquarters Marine Corps. In 2018 Ashley was assigned to the Marine Corps Intelligence Schools, serving as the Marine Detachments Operations Chief, completing his 20 years of service. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis.

In addition to adding Hernandez to the team, ECS Composites has recently relaunched their web presence with a new website catered towards product education. The update pulls back the curtain on the manufacturing and engineering processes that ECS uses to develop their highly customized and ruggedized shipping cases, from full in-house fabrication, FEA analysis and massive production capabilities. Each product is carefully designed and engineered to survive the harshest environments, as well as meeting any unique requirements of the end user.

For questions about ECS Composites products, you can reach Ashley Hernandez at [email protected], or by phone at 541-476-8871

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Pentagon – Kalahari Hat

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

This summer has been a scorcher here in Hampton Roads so anytime I see a sun hat while doing research (aka web surfing) I check it out. This one is from Greek brand Pentagon. They make a lot of 5.11-style clothing and I only learned about them during IWA this year as they are not well known here in the US. However, I do know you can find some of their stuff on Amazon.

What I find interesting about this hat is that they’ve laser cut ventilation into the sides of the hat and incorprated a neck shade in a wide brimmed hat. That’s some pretty serious business and between the material and design they promise SPF 50. UV damage to skin is serious business boys and girls. Protect your skin while you’re young. Offered in Coyote, Tan and Grey.