MAJ, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Don began his U.S. Army career as an enlisted Infantryman. He is a Panama, an OIF, and OEF combat veteran. After attending Airborne School and Ranger School as enlisted, he served as a Ranger Instructor (RI) and a tour with the 82nd ABN before attending OCS. His tours as an officer included 4th RTB, Infantry Basic, 3rd ID, and the Pentagon. Don retired with nearly 30 years of service.
Scott is a former Royal Engineer from the British Army.
After serving 8 years in the Army with the majority in E.O.D. Scott started a career in the Private Sector and quickly worked his way up the ladder within the Steel Industry.
Scott is now the Founder of Veteran Owned UK which is an online Business Directory that helps Veteran Owned Businesses gain more exposure whilst encouraging those businesses to build stronger working relationships through Networking.
SSgt., U.S. Air Force
Alejandra is a U.S. Air Force Security Forces non-commissioned officer at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy on Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. She has over 6 years active service with the USAF. When she isn’t training international forces, she’s attending school or spending time with her husband. At one time she was involved with open course track racing on her motorcycle.
SSG, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Paul Martinez deployed 6 times to Afghanistan as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and is the author of “When the Killer Man Comes”; an account of his combat experience as a Ranger Sniper. Paul is passionate about telling the untold stories of the Global War on Terrorism, veteran advocacy, and equine therapy for service members transitioning to civilian life.
MSG, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Robert Gowin is the founder of Mentors for Military. He is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant (E8) and former Fortune 50 executive. Within the private sector, Robert has worked in management consulting, in strategic, operational management and operational excellence and most recently as VP, Pharmacy Operations, Analytics and Compliance at Anthem, Inc. – one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. He also owned a boutique a management consulting firm. While in the Army, he was in Armor and spent many years as a recruiter and career counselor. Robert has a Bachelor in Applied Science, Resource Management and an Master of Business Administration degrees.
CSM, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Mike Pritts is a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major with 30 years of service and over 24 years’ service in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He has conducted strategic and theater level operations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Mike has coached and mentored soldiers ranging from Junior Enlisted to General Officer, and he enjoys sharing the lessons he’s learned to help others. Over the course of his career as a Special Forces soldier, he has taught host nation service members from 24 different countries to develop their military capacity and foster bi-lateral relations. His experiences teaching in the Army motivated him to apply those skills after retirement, and he is currently a high school teacher and football coach. He is a Tillman Scholar and has his Masters in Education from Colorado College.
SSG, U.S. Army
Kat Kaelin is a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant that was a member of the cultural support team (CST) attached to the 75th Ranger Regiment and also with Delta Force in Afghanistan. She separated in 2015 after 10 years of service. Kat was featured as a character within the New York Times best-selling book “Ashley’s War”, in People Magazine, and as one of the 50 Inspirational Women in the book “The Female Lead”. She has a bachelor degree in psychology and is working on her master degree in counseling. In our book, she’s a badass who is totally humble.
TSgt, U.S. Air Force
A lifelong student of living, Matt Schollard believes the purpose of existence is experience, exploration of Self, and evolution. Raised globally, his exposure to a multitude of cultures at an early age left a lasting impact on his quest to find ‘meaning’ in life. He served in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations as a Pararescueman (PJ) for 12 years with multiple global deployments. He is the co-founder of Beneath the Surface Foundation, a non-profit supporting SOF veterans, along with his partner Amanda Tomac. They also teach yoga at Task Force Yoga.
W4, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Michael G. Rutledge’s career began by enlisting into the Navy and became a Navy SEAL, he then transitioned to the Army, NightStalkers as a CH-47 pilot, and has been deployed numerous times over the course of his career. He is also an entrepreneur as an agricultural spray pilot and operating his own business. He has spoken at numerous industry trade shows on topics of safety, leadership, motivation, and perseverance.
LCDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Domenique (Nikki) Selby is a retired U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer with over 23 years of service. She was a Search and Rescue Corpsman, where she was the only female serving in that community. Nikki went on to become a commissioned officer and spent the remainder of her service as a Nurse Corps Officer. She deployed to various regions of the world. Her passion is in mentoring and training young Corpsmen and nurses. Currently she is part of the Performance Improvement team for the Joint Trauma Services.