Q: What does your call sign mean to you?
A: I chose my call sign for two reasons. A shield is used for protection in battle. As a MAT team member I want our Honorees to know that I am here for them on the course, not just to help them complete the mission but also as protection while the go through it. A shield is also slang term for a police badge, since I am a Task Force Sentinel MAT I found it to be a fitting call sign.
Q: What branch of the military or LEO did you serve in (or are currently serving in), for how long, and what was your job?
A: I served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989-1995. I was a Vehicle Commander and Scout Instructor for 1stLight Armored Reconnaissance Bn. I attended the US Army Airborne, Ranger Schools and was the 1st Marine Division Pre-Ranger School Instructor. I am also a retired Criminal Investigator for the Warren County Sheriff’s Department in MS. I was a Sniper for the departments Special Response Team and a Deputized United States Marshall on the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.
Q: What is your best or most unforgettable OEW-related memory?
A: My most unforgettable memory was at the Bataan Memorial Death March. I was able to
Honor, empower and motivate Matt Bradford in completing the event. I got to spend several hours with him talking and learning his story. Then to see him complete the event as a blind, double amputee and see how people reacted to it was very impressive and heartwarming.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about being a MAT?
A: Some would think INDOC is the most challenging; however I find the commitment to be most challenging. There is a lot of behind the scenes planning and preparing that goes on to make the events successful. As I grow in the organization I have been tasked with more responsibility and it takes a lot of “prioritizing my time” to make sure I continue to give the level of commitment that I promised to OEW when I joined.
Q: Motto or principle you live by.
A: When you go, make sure you leave it better than when you came.
Q: How do you stay in shape for the demands of the MAT?
A: Because I am a MAT Team Member I stay physically fit, I work out every day, so that when I am called to do an event, I am ready to complete the mission. I run or ruck at least 2-3 times a week, I break up the runs with spontaneous calisthenics, hill sprints or stair climbs. I CrossFit or lift weights 3-5 times a week. There are a lot of endurance exercises built into my workout and I often train with an elevation mask. I also do some triathlons and ultra-races.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org for submission details.