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Behind the Mask: Initiative

Q: What does your call sign mean to you? A:  To me my call sign means to stay true to the core of tirelessly pushing forward for what is right.  Silent professionalism plays a big part in this and I feel it is better to see the end results.  Not the person behind it.

Q: What branch of the military did you serve in (or are currently serving in), for how long, and what was your job? A: I served in the US Navy from 1993-2005 as an nuclear field enlisted submariner and 2005-2007 as a Nuclear Officer .

Q: What is your best or most unforgettable OEW-related memory? A: Indoc.  The bonds forged through that exercise will be lifelong.  The character established, unforgettable.


Q: What is the best thing about being a MAT? A: The best thing about being a MAT is the sense of self accomplishment you aid in establishing in a person who didn’t realize they were capable of greatness.  You help people find their inner awesome without them realizing you were there to mentor and foster that trait.


Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a MAT? A: The best piece of advice I can give someone wanting to become a MAT is.....  it’s not about you.  The less you are seen and heard the better.  Mission over self.

Q: What is your daily contribution to OEW operations? A: I serve as an officer and my department is a full-time animal. Our goal has always been to continue to grow and create a diverse range of active recovery tools to be able to help the greatest amount of people.

Q: Motto or principle you live by. A: I have three mottos I live by:

     A. Live beyond limits

     B. Live out loud

     C. Go, Be, Do

Q: How do you stay in shape for the demands of the MAT? A: There’s is no secret.  Just be active.  Don’t be a slug.  I can still run sub 6-minute miles or go Adventure for 100 miles.  The only way to keep that possible is to never stop moving.

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About INDOC: The application process to apply for the Masked Athlete Team, Warrior INDOC, is now an open enrollment. Pre-requisite is to have military or LEO experience with honorable discharge. E-mail: for submission details.

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