Marcus was raised near Huntsville, Texas. Luttrell attended Sam Houston State University where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began training for the SEALs as early as 14 years of age with his twin brother, Morgan, and other neighborhood boys who aspired to join the military. Luttrell joined the Navy in March of 1999 and became a combat-trained SEAL in 2002. Prior to Afghanistan, he had been part of SEAL Team 5 and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom doing various operations there.
In 2005 Luttrell was deployed to Afghanistan and was part of a four man team; Operation RED WINGS. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, and numerous other awards and decorations.In 2010, Luttrell established the Lone Survivor Foundation in order to provide therapeutic and distinctive opportunities for recovery to our wounded soldiers, their families and surviving families.Marcus resides in Waller, Texas with his wife Melanie and sons Hunter and Axe.
Pete was raised in Los Angeles, California and joined the Navy shortly after graduating from Venice High School in 1987. After his initial job training, Pete completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training and became a qualified SEAL in 1989. Pete retired from the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams after a 21 year career, where he held various operational and leadership positions, lived overseas, and participated in military contingency operations throughout the world. His final tour was with SEAL Team FIVE as their Command Master Chief where he got to know Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. Throughout his career, Pete has had direct experience and involvement with wounded warriors and the families under his care and is dedicated to continuing that support in the future.
After retirement, Pete finished a Master's of Science degree in Global Leadership, a qualification as a Project Management Professional, and a certificate in Global Business Management and Strategy. Pete currently runs his own business that focuses on specialized consulting efforts for companies such as Nike, Inc. and Red Bull North America.
Pete lives in San Diego, California with his wife Tanya.
John joined Northwestern Mutual in 1993 after receiving a degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. Since beginning his career, he has received numerous awards as a consistent top producer nationally with Northwestern. He is a Business and Estate Planning Specialist that works on a National Level. In 2001, John was recognized by Grand Valley State with the distinguished alumni award.
John's passion for supporting the troops stems from observing and living through the residual effects of Combat…as witnessed through his Grandfather. A WW2 Veteran that endured 3 1/2 years of battle in multiple theaters, leaving him with multiple physical and emotional scars that impacted both his post-combat life, along with his Wife, Children, and Grandchildren. Additionally as John states, "This is the first time in the history of America that our country has been at war and nothing extra has been asked from the American people. It is time to change that".
John also serves on the Board of Governors for The Van Andel Institute: A world class Parkinson's Disease and Cancer Research Facility.
John resides in Byron Center, MI and is married to Melynda and have three + one children: Parker, age 13, Alexis, age 11, and Cassidy, age 9, and their Estate Protection Dog: Dexter.
A Vietnam Era Marine Sniper, Thomas Fordyce served with the 1st Battalion 26th Marines from 1966 – 1968, and medically retired in March of 1968 due to combat injuries. Over the last 42 years he has served on many boards and commissions, including being the Director of Agricultural Business Land/Minerals, Commissioner Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, charter member and present Chairman of the Huntsville Economic Advisory Council, charter member of the Huntsville Veterans Advisory Council, and member of the Texas Veterans Commission advisory board. In addition, he is a former member and Vice President Board of Directors for Brownfield Memorial Hospital, Board for Lease (minerals) Texas General Land Office, and former member of the Walker County Grand Jury.
The owner of Ford Farms, Tom and his wife, Sharon, now try to enjoy retirement between their ranch in south Texas and their home in Huntsville, TX. He also has a daughter, Lauren, and a son Tyler.
Kala is a native Houstonian and the Vice President of Special Events for the Houston Astros Baseball Club. She is responsible for all non-baseball special events at Minute Maid Park and is in her 12th season with the team. Each year, Kala and her staff are responsible for over 500 events and meetings held at Minute Maid Park throughout the calendar year. Kala and her team have been involved in organizing such events as President George Bush's 80th Birthday Party, the Rachael Ray Show Weddings of Houston, concerts to include Madonna and Jimmy Buffett and the Boy Scouts of America's 100th Anniversary Celebration in Houston, to name a few. In addition Kala served as the Co-All Star Week Coordinator with Major League Baseball for the 2004 All-Star Game in Houston. Kala currently serves on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas.
Kala has always had a strong sense of pride for those who serve in the Military. Her father served as a Marine in the Korean War. Her family is so proud of the service he gave to our Country. He held his service in a calm, reserved manner but he has, rightfully so, been proud of what he did for America. With a few photos and his enlistment paperwork hanging on the wall of their family home, it has always served as a constant reminder of those who have given, and currently give so much for us to be free. Kala's nephew Chris currently serves in the United States Army as a Captain and resides in Germany with her niece Allyson.
Our Military is voluntary and that, to Kala, says a lot about these young men and women who give their time, their professionalism and their lives for us, every day. Marcus is a driving force through the Lone Survivor Foundation to give back to these men and women. Serving on the board of directors for the Lone Survivor Foundation is a way to say thank you and a way to give back to those who so richly deserve it.
Patrick G. Lewis is a native of Las Vegas ,Nevada. Patrick attended the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) earning BA in Political Science/Criminal Justice in 2003. He has worked with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 2002 and currently serves as an executive with the UFC's parent company, Zuffa LLC, where he works primarily in International Business Development. Patrick's duties require extensive travel to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America where he interacts with government officials and the UFC's media partners. Patrick also serves in a similar role at Fertitta Entertainment the parent company to Las Vegas based Station Casinos.
Though his work keeps him 200 days a year away from Las Vegas, when home, Patrick devotes his personal time to his fiancé Natalie, the Bishop Gorman High School Football Team and his Champion German Sheppard Protection K-9, Addi. Patrick is also an Honorary Sheriff with LVMPD in Las Vegas. Patrick feels passionately that we owe our Service Men and Women tremendous gratitude for their sacrifices and that caring for all military personnel is a duty that must be shouldered by all Americans.
Dr. Michael Lappi currently holds positions as the Director of Field Operations and program lead for civilian-military affairs at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr Lappi has extensive national and international experience in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster response having served in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Most notably, he served as the first ever Public Health Team Leader for the American Red Cross during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and in his position as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in a number of medical and liaison roles with Partners in Health, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the US Department of Defense during the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
As a Naval Medical Officer with over 13 years of active duty and reserve experience, Dr Lappi served as the Senior Undersea Medical Officer for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit SIX, Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, and the United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command, as well as serving as the Occupational Medicine Department Head at Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. In addition, he served as the Joint Special Operations Task Force Surgeon, Afghanistan, and the Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Surgeon, Horn of Africa. Dr. Lappi is currently a Commander in the United States Naval Reserves.
Dr Lappi has degrees from the University of Miami (BS), The Ohio State University (MS, PhD), Ohio University (DO), and the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), as well as a diploma from the United States Naval War College (Command and Staff Program). He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and currently holds clinical or academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Saints Medical Center.
Mike is from Chicago, Illinois, and after attending Brother Rice High School, he joined the US Army for a three year tour. Mike departed the military and co-founded, as a partner, a successful managed voice and data company from 2001-2010.
In 2012, Mike started a new business that focuses on providing outsourced solutions to businesses. Mike has always worked with veteran families and organizations. His extreme passion for helping Veterans stems from his own service and that of his grandfather and six uncles who distinguished themselves in WWII. Mike strongly feels that all Americans need to pay back the debt we owe our combat veterans, for defending and providing the very freedom we all enjoy on a daily basis.
Terry, raised in Melville, New York, pursued a degree in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania in 1970. After graduation, Terry completed NROTC training and was commissioned into the US Navy. He served as an EMO and CIC Officer until receiving his honorable discharge. He then completed a Master’s degree in Accounting at the University of Texas, Austin. He has a long career serving in various executive positions in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. His industry experience covers health care, investment and commercial banking, broadcasting, education and consulting. He has worked with many organizations including Ernst & Young, JPMorgan, Hilton Hotels, TransAmerica, Control Data, Avanti Health Systems and New York Life to name a few.
Terry is the son of deceased, Howard Jung, Sr. a WWII, disabled, MIA, Prisoner of War, Purple Heart recipient. Terry’s step son, Petty Officer 1st Class Howard Babcock was killed in Bahrain while on active duty and his son, honorably discharged, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Jung is receiving 70% disability resulting from his service to the country.
Terry is honored to join the Lone Survivor Foundation, stating his life has been built around a family and community that has proudly and passionately given and sacrificed their personal interests for the welfare of the United States of America and he is honored to be in a position with the Lone Survivor Foundation to serve and give back in any way he can to those worthy veterans of the USA affected in combat.
Terry lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Rita. They have a married daughter and son, Jessy and Matthew and three amazing granddaughters and a grandson on the way.