Big Operation, Small World

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Mike Lee

Mike Lee, a native of Chicago, graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Creative Writing. At LMU, Mike developed international and domestic volunteer trips and served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Veterans Organization. Mike’s professional background is in advertising and marketing, and has experience in executing large print and digital campaigns for non-profit and tourism clients. He lives in Los Angeles where he thinks a lot about dogs, bourbon, and the Chicago Bears.

Nicole Ross, a registered nurse supporting Team Rubicon during Winter Storm Athena, snaps a photo of Ford Sypher’s wrist band, engraved with the name of James J. Regan. Regan was Sypher’s first team leader during his first deployment in Iraq, and was killed in action February 9, 2007. Though Sypher and Ross did not know each other at the time, they shared Regan as a mutual close friend.

“This is the largest domestic operation that Team Rubicon has taken to date, and it happens to be falling not only in a time of inclement weather, but in a time of remembrance for us, because it’s Veteran’s Day,” said Sypher. “It’s symbolic for us because we will be out in the field. We have served in the field of conflict abroad, and now we serve within our own communities. Regan was a native of New York. We choose to honor the legacy of those who are no longer with us by providing aid and comfort to those who are most in need, at home and abroad. Team Rubicon gives provides us with that outlet.”

Above, Sypher and Ross patrol the streets of Rockaway Beach, New York, during the most recent nor’easter, checking on residents who had already lost electrical power and suffered home damage from Hurricane Sandy.