⊕ Executive Director/Founder
A veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq, with 13 years in service, and a decade in Special Forces, Tom departed active duty in August 2021 and is now attending graduate school at Georgetown. One of his final roles on active duty was as manager for NMRG Team 11.
Tom was the beneficiary of a Team 11 member's diligence when an IED was unearthed in the same spot he had intended to setup a sniper overwatch position.
⊕ Deputy Director
Having managed an NMRG team in Western Afghanistan, and being involved in the evacuation efforts from day 1, Dave (who is still actively involved in Special Forces) is intimately familiar with the extent of what needs to be accomplished in order to secure freedom for the NMRG.
In a common theme amongst our organization, Dave was also saved by an NMRG member who pulled him away from stepping on a pair of daisy chained 155mm artillery rounds.
⊕ Director of NMRG Ops
There is nobody better suited for tracking down the NMRG and explaining the strategic impact of the program than Sam. A former EOD Technician, Sam oversaw the NMRG School of Excellence, and had his finger on the pulse of the impact and activities of all 24 NMRG teams.
The NMRG are most often associated with Green Berets, however, their training was run by EOD Techs. As a ratio, EOD personnel actually are more represented/ more involved than SF is.
SGM (RET.) RAY LAKE
⊕ Resettlement Director
A Retired Green Beret, and natural-born networker who was amongst the first Americans to enter Afghanistan, Ray provides a wealth of experience, and invaluable advice to our organization
Even after leaving the army as a soldier, Ray continued his penchant for service as a contractor, and ran the NMRG School alongside Sam.
A Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient, LTC Chaney retired after 21 years of service, having led Special Operations units in eight deployments across the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. As documented in National Geographics' Retrograde, his final responsibility was as commander of Task-Force 52: the final commander of Green Berets in Afghanistan.
LTC(Ret.) Matt Chaney
With nearly a decade in Special Operations, JT has the necessary perspective to help guide our organization. This perspective stems from multiple deployments to Afghanistan and direct involvement with the NMRG Program.
Trent has 10+ years of experience in marketing, including 5 years at Google advising both advertisers and agencies on digital strategy. He managed Search, YouTube, and Display for some of Google's largest advertisers ($20M+ / quarter) and internally for Google's own products before co-founding Open Oceans in 2016.
With extensive overseas experience as an EOD technician, Josh brings a wealth of experience to the table. He is intimately familiar with the plight of the NMRG, having himself trained many of them himself.
THE GREEN BERETS
AND EOD TECHS
OUTREACH/ CASE MANAGEMENT
The other Green Berets and EOD Techs involved in the organization are still in the Special Operations community. Because of a widespread failure to recognize the NMRG and appreciate their sacrifices in safeguarding US soldiers, these soldiers have taken on the additional mantle of "Humanitarian" in additional to their full-time responsibilities as Special Operators. If they weren't looking after the NMRG, no one would be.