Veteran Ambassadors

Zack Gambill

Zack Gambill

Zack Gambill – Director of Veteran Ambassadors

A veteran with many years of service to his country, Zack Gambill served in the Navy with a focus on anti-terrorism. Gambill was stationed first at the Sixth Fleet headquarters in England, and later at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with JTF-GTMO/NEGB. After active duty, he joined the Reserves for two years. Currently studying International Relations at Carroll College, Gambill is a decorated soldier with two Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Good Conduct Medal, Navy/Marine Corp Overseas Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, among other notable accomplishments.


Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid – Director of K-9 Services

Staff Sergeant Reid exited the Marine Corps in Aug 2014 and is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College in pursuit of his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Born in Ireland and a resident there until the age of 12, he and his family moved to Virginia. Reid enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 2002 and underwent recruit training at 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Golf Company, Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.

After completion of Military Police school in February 2003, he was ordered to 2nd MP Bn, 2nd Force Service Support Group in Camp Lejeune, N.C. where he was deployed during the same month to Kuwait for Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2005, he deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In November 2005, Corporal Reid was transferred to the K-9 section in order to help with the Combat Tracking Dogs School. It was during his six months helping out with this school that he soon found his new career path.

In June of 2006, Reid attended the Military Working Dog School, Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated as the “Top Dog” for his class and was awarded a Meritorious Mast from the Detachment Commander. In March of 2007, Sergeant Reid was deployed to Camp Ramadi, Iraq where he managed dual responsibilities: dog handler and kennel master to a kennel of 6 dogs.

After deployment, he was transferred to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia where he held numerous roles from Patrol Supervisor to Platoon Commander. In February 2010, he received orders to Lackland Air Force Base. During his time at Lackland, Sergeant Reid spent some time at the Dog Training School and the majority of the time was spent as a Military Working Dog Instructor.

In June 2012, Staff Sergeant Reid was transferred to Security and Emergency Services Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Ca. During his time aboard Camp Pendleton, he held the Kennel Master position as well as the Chief Dog Trainer.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with three bronze stars, National Defense Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three bronze stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, Certificate of Commendation, and six Letters of Appreciation/Commendation.


Kelli Serio

Kelli Serio

Veteran Spokesperson Kelli Serio

Kelli Serio is an Oklahoma native and United States Navy veteran.  She served on board the USS Ronald Reagan from 2008-2012, and completed two deployments to the Gulf of Oman.

After service, Serio moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in journalism. She is currently a columnist at Breitbart News Network.


The Ortons

James and Laura Orton

James and Laura Orton

Orton Joined the Navy June 27th 2000 as an Aviation Ordnanceman. First Duty Station was USS Nimitz (CVN-68) 2000-2004, NAF El Centro Station Weapons 2004-2007, Naval Expeditionary Guard Battalion Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 2007-2008, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Maintenance Unit Detachment El Centro, CA 2008-2009, USS George Washington (CVN-73) 2010, Transient Personnel Unit Yokosuka, Japan 2010-2012, Transient Personnel Unit San Diego, CA 2012. Orton was Honorably discharged from the Navy on July 31, 2012. After 12 years of service, James and Laura reside in Taylor, TX and have six dogs.

James and Laura first met in 6th grade and went through elementary, middle and some high school together. Laura Started working working with dogs when she was hired at Greymeadow Kennels in Abilene, KS and worked there until she fell head over heels in love with a Sailor from her home town and left the Greyhound business in 2012 to move to San Diego, CA to be with her new husband. Upon moving to Taylor, Texas, she was hired as a Kennel Technician for Kneehigh Pet Care and three months later was promoted to Operations Manager because of her vast knowledge and steadfast dedication to the animal community, and has been holding that position since.


Kerry Tooley

Kerry Tooley

Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Kerry Tooley

Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Tooley- was born on 19 December 1969, in Tompkinsville, Kentucky.  He graduated from Monroe County High School, Tompkinsville, Kentucky in 1988.  He joined the United States Army  attended Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, OK and Airborne School at Fort Benning GA in 1988 and retired in 2011.
During his 23 year career, he held numerous  leadership positions serving in the following locations:  Fort Bragg, NC, 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, and United States Army Special Operations Command,  Fort Richard Alaska 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, and Fort Polk, LA Joint Readiness Training Center.
He served in the following campaigns, Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.
His military education includes Warrior Leaders Course,  Advanced Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course,  Battle Staff Course, First Sergeant Functional Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Course Class 56, Airborne Course, Jumpmaster Course, Air Assault Course, Support Operations Course and Manpower And Force Management Course.  Pre Command Course, and the CSM/SGM Force Management Course.
He holds an a holds a Master of Arts degree in Management and Leadership and a Baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business Management from Wayland Baptist University.
He married to the former Mrs. Rebecca Isenberg and they have two sons, Logan (20) and Sheldon (17).


CPT_Granger_Pulling_Security_editedMontgomery Granger

Three times mobilized U.S. Army Reserve Major (Ret.), with deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Ft. Dix, NJ, and various locations in Iraq, from 2002-2005. Montgomery Granger is a devoted husband and father of five, who lives on Long Island, New York and is a public school district administrator. He is the author of “Theodore,” a personal narrative published in the Random House (2006) wartime anthology, “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and their Families,” edited by N.Y. Times best selling editor, Andrew Carroll; and author of “Saving Grace at Guantanamo Bay: A Memoir of a Citizen Warrior” (2010, and 2012) http://sbpra.com/MontgomeryJGranger/


Thunderbird #2 Mark Smith

Mark D. Smith
Lt. Colonel, USAF (retired)

BIO

White House Fellow
Air Force Thunderbird
Founder, NASA/Department of Veteran Affairs Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Program
Commercial Airline Pilot
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Referee and Judge


Scott bates

Scott Bates

I am 49 years old and catastrophically disabled by multiple sclerosis (secondary-progressive MS) That finally put me in a wheel chair in 2005. My MS started in the mid-80s while I was a Marine with
The 2nd and 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. I was a 60mm Mortar man in 2/5 and a 50-caliber machine Gunner in 3/5, but because so little was and still is known about MS, I was misdiagnosed with
Everything from depression to being called crazy.

After the Marine Corps, I became an auto tech at a Chevrolet dealership in Norman, Oklahoma, which is where I was raised. My condition became so bad that after 10 years, I could no longer walk
Without falling down and suffered from extreme fatigue. I now live in Muskogee, Oklahoma. I can sit at my desk and function pretty well. I use a hands-free mouse that I control with my head
Movements to do my design work, and I use my computer because I can no longer use my hands. I have been designing cars for about seven years now along with logos, etc. I really love doing this
Work because it is one of the only things I can do by myself without any assistance from anyone.