John Brown was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. In 1996 at the age of 16 John signed up for the United States Marine Corps, leaving for boot camp after high school graduation at the age of 17. John served a little more than 4 years active duty with his entire enlistment overseas in Okinawa, Japan. John went to the School of Infantry after boot camp and upon completion was sent to Okinawa, Japan to 3rd Marine Division. Upon arriving in Okinawa John took the 3rd Recon Co indoctrination and passed. John became a Reconnaissance Marine and deployed twice with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit reaching the rank of corporal and the position of “assistant team leader”. John left active duty on September 9th 2001, returning back home to Oregon.
After a few months living back in Eugene, John moved to Portland, Oregon where he began school at Portland Community College and Portland State University. John studied political science and business, graduating with a bachelors degree in both studies. Soon after graduating from college John was hired back in Eugene with Forrest Technical Coatings as an international salesman. Having lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia and by speaking Spanish, John was given a sales position where he is now responsible for sales in South America, Mexico, and Asia. John is happily married with 2 children, an 11yr old daughter and a 6yr old son. He has served as vice president and president on his children’s school PTO board, he volunteers coaching his kids sports, and is a member of The Eugene South Town Rotary group. John brings many unique skills to the Recon and Sniper Foundation and shares our collective motivation to serve those who have served us.
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David entered military service in 1983 when he joined the United States Marine Corps. Having completed boot camp on Parris Island, SC he moved on to Camp Lejeune, NC where he completed infantry training as an 0341 Mortarman. As a mortarman, David served with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines from 1983 to 1987. During this time he participated in the Unit Deployment Program (UDP) where 1/1 was sent to Okinawa, Japan in 1984, as well as a WestPac deployment in 1986. In 1987, David joined 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company where he earned the 0321 Reconnaissance Marine military occupational specialty (MOS). David briefly left 3rd Force to deploy with 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines in order to serve as a Mortar Section Leader and Weapons Platoon Sergeant during Desert Shield and Desert Storm at the request of the company commander. As a result of actions served in Desert Storm, David was nominated for a Navy Commendation Medal with the V device. Concluding Desert Storm, David returned to 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company where he served as a Platoon Sergeant, a Platoon Commander, and the company Operations Chief. David left the Marine Corps in 1995 in order to pursue other personal goals to include focus on his newborn son.
David’s civilian career included working for The Boeing Company and AlliedSignal/Honeywell before forming his own company, Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. Following the 2013 acquisition of his company, Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. (SBS) David Guzinsky joined Dassault Systèmes as Vice President of Aerospace & Defense Industry Solution Experiences, focused on business development and portfolio strategy.
As President and CEO of SBS, Dave led the company from 1998 through 2013 in its mission to provide multidisciplinary service and solutions to the aerospace commercial and defense segments as well as to provide general engineering expertise. With deep domain knowledge the Aerospace & Defense Industry’s needs and best practices, David led his R&D team through the ideation, development, and deployment of many market-leading solutions — including the ENOVIA A&D Accelerator, ENOVIA IP Export Classification and ENOVIA IP Enforcement solutions, and ENOVIA Program Cost and Budgets for Earned Value Measurement — part of the Dassault Systems’ portfolio.
An internationally-recognized executive within the A&D Industry, David works with most of the world’s preeminent Aerospace & Defense powerhouses including: The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Boeing Helicopter, as well as major equipment manufacturers and suppliers such as Pratt and Whitney, Honeywell, Raytheon, Orbital Sciences, and Harris among others. He also Interfaces with industry associations and government personnel – in both the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) — on topics related to progressive industry methodologies and interrelationships including, but not limited to: Systems Engineering, Configuration Management, Data Management, Technical and Contract Compliance and Earned Value Methodologies.
David’s unique visibility into all tiers of the A&D industry as well as its diverse business processes allows him rare insight into the best ways to integrate processes and tools across functional organizations. David has decades of experience architecting business transforming enterprise business applications in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environment.
Prior to SBS, David was Program Manager of Spares and Logistics Programs, International Space Station (ISS), which allowed him to manage, develop, and implement ISS Spares and Logistics Support contracts.
Another highlight of his ten-plus years at The Boeing Company, was David’s role as Engineering Operations and Configuration and Data Manager on the V-22 EMD, There, he was responsible for the management of the Program’s Configuration Management, Data Management, Technical Compliance, and Engineering Cost and Schedule activities for the company.
David is a member of multiple industry-specific associations such as the National Defense Industry Association, The Program Management Institute, and the National Contracts Management Association. A Combat Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, David was a Force Reconnaissance Operator.
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Sonny has spent nearly 13 years in the military and 4 years in the private security sector with multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently enrolled in Norwich University in Defense Analysis and Strategic Studies. He enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard in 1998 at the age of 17 and went to basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, after graduating from Amory High School. He was an M1A1 crewmember and had worked his way up to the gunner seat, in 2001, before being granted a conditional release, from the Guard and leaving for Marine Boot Camp in August.
Sonny graduated MCRD San Diego as Series Honorman and went on the to the School of Infantry from there. Once in a line unit he deployed in support of OIF I. Upon returning he attended the indoctrination for the STA (Surveillance and Target Acquisition) Platoon and passed. He attended and graduated from the 1st MarDiv Scout Sniper Basic Course and deployed immediately to Okinawa as part of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). From here his unit deployed back to Iraq for OIF II and participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve. When he returned to the states he spent a short time instruction at the 1st MarDiv Marksmanship Training Unit, where he re-enlisted and PCS’d to Washington, DC to Marine Barracks 8th and I, for Presidential Support Duty. After more than 3 years on station he extended his contract with the Marine Corps and reported to Camp Lejeune, NC to Marine Special Operations Advisors Group (MSOAG). After a few months in the battalion S-3 (Operations) he we to the training cell (T-Cell) were he was the lead instructor for their pre-sniper course and an assistant instructor for CQB as well as Special Reconnaissance. Once the MSOAG changed command to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Sonny became an element leader on MSOT (Marine Special Operations Team) 8323. Sonny left the Marine Corps before he was able to deploy with his team.
Once he left the Marine Corps, Sonny was hired by Xe/USTC/Academi/International Development Solutions. He worked high threat protection in Kabul as a PSS/DDM before becoming a Shift Leader and running the #2 Ambassador’s team in country. Once he was ready for more responsibility, he moved up to the Training Manager for the entire task order.
He is very ambitious and seeks to help those in need at any hour.
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Kelby Price enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1999. Kelby was medically retired from the Marine Corps in June of 2004 after sustaining an injury during a training accident in the Philippines that left him a paraplegic. During his time on active duty in the Marine Corps most of it was spent with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion as a Reconnaissance man. He currently resides in Philadelphia Pennsylvania with his two children where he is attending college and working on a bachelors degree.
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Joshua Grantham served in the Corps from 2002-2008. All of his time was spent with 3rd Force Recon Company in his home town of Mobile, Alabama. Joshua graduated Amphibious Reconnaissance School at Fort Story, Va. in the summer of 2003. He deployed 2 times to Iraq, attached to 1st Force Recon Company in 2004 and 2006 for both deployments.
Joshua was medically retired in October 2008. Once he got out of the Corps Joshua went back to school and Graduated with a BA from the University of South Alabama in 2009. After Undergraduate he attended St. Thomas University School of Law in North Miami, FL. While there Joshua earned his law degree and a MS in Business with a concentration in Sports Administration. Upon graduation in 2012, Josh moved back to Mobile, Alabama.
Josh has been employed by the Center for Fair Housing, Inc. since Nov 2012 in the position of Staff Attorney. Joshua is a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League, is a member of the American Legion, Alabama Bar Association, and the Mobile Bar Association. Josh lives in Mobile with his wife and 2 children.
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