l Tide: TR prepares for first domestic mission

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.

Team Rubicon is rallying this evening at a cabin in the town of Geiger, Alabama, about 40 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa. The Geiger cabin will serve as TR’s base of operations for this mission.

At 0700 TR is meeting with the Alabama Department of Transportation where we will receive orders, maps, and an area of operations. TR anticipates orders to clear rural roads that are slowing the delivery of aid to outlying populations. We will redirect as necessary once the situation becomes more clear with daylight. The TR team of veterans assembling in Geiger tonight as follows:

Matt Pelak, Team Leader, Army Infantry, from New York, NY
Dr. Alan Ogles, Local Liaison and Family Practice Doctor, from Talladega, AL
Jake Wood, President of TR, Marine Scout Sniper, from Los Angeles, CA
Todd Bowers, Deputy ExDir for IAVA, Marine Civil Affairs, from Washington, DC
Shawn Beidler, Marine Scout Sniper, from Memphis, TN
Levi Briscoe, Marine Recon, from Boston, MA
Brian Shaw, Civilian Paramedic, from St. Petersburg, Florida
Ford Sypher, Army Ranger, from Lawrence, KS
JC McGreehan, Army Helo Pilot, from Pittsburg, PA
Nicole Green, Air Force Comms Officer, from Washington, DC

Team Rubicon has additional firefighters and veterans on stand by and will activate additional teams as necessary.