Military Adventure Series - Andersonville Civil War POW Camp
The Greer Foundation helped bring the struggle of the Civil War and life as an American POW to twenty students during our recent Military Adventure Series. Traveling to the Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, GA, students toured the National Prisoner of War Museum and walked the grounds of the Confederate prisoner-of-war camp used during the American Civil War.
The site is an iconic reminder of the horrors of Civil War prisons. It was commanded by Major Henry Wirz, who was tried and executed after the war for murder. It was overcrowded to four times its capacity, with inadequate water supply, overcrowding, reduction in food rations, and unsanitary conditions. Of the approximately 45,000 Union prisoners held at Camp Sumter during the war, nearly 13,000 men died.
To learn more about the Andersonville POW Camp click here.
The Greer Foundation received a truly generous donation from a long-time supporter of our important mission. Although the donor wishes to remain anonymous, they agreed to allow us to print their email comments.
"Dear Steve, another year has passed and XXXXX and I haven't forgotten about the work you are doing to honor Bruce. Not a day goes by that we don't think about him and his loyal service to America and his men in battle. We are forever grateful to you and your foundation for honoring Bruce's legacy in uniform. De Oppresso Liber."
2013 Golden Eagle Award presented to Dr. Greer
Friends, Community leaders, Scout Masters, and Boy Scouts from Pack 78 in Dodge County, Georgia gathered on May 23, 2013 to honor Dr. Greer's service and commitment to youth in their community. During the dinner Boy Scouts posted the National Colors and spoke about the tremendous impact scouting has on boys 7 to 21 years of age across the globe. Colonel (Ret) Al Danner spoke about his many years of friendship with Dr. Greer and his untiring support for helping kids in their community and around the world through the efforts of the Greer Foundation. Mr. Paul Beebe, long time Boy Scout leader in the county, spoke about the many high school students Dr. Greer has mentored at the local Junior ROTC program. The Golden Eagle Award was the first-ever such award presented in Dodge County and Dr. Greer spoke of his appreciation to the Central Georgia Council and thanked them for such a prestigious honor.
Cadet Papa receives Tomahawk Medal
Rewarding outstanding JROTC cadets has been a huge part of our awards program since 2003. More than 110 exceptional cadets from Army and Navy Junior ROTC programs across the United States have been presented with the MSG William "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal. The Greer Foundation presents this special award to individuals who exemplify the characteristics of "Chief" Carlson – fearlessness, mental and physical toughness, and dedication to his mates. In 2003, Chief retired from the US Army. Chief had every right to retire peacefully and enjoy his family. Instead, a deep sense of duty and patriotism called him to return to the same unforgiving mountains of Afghanistan to hunt Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. Chief died doing what he loved and what his nation trained him to do. Chief was killed in action by terrorists on October 25, 2003. He was serving as a member of a joint Central Intelligence Agency/Special Operations clandestine operations team tasked with tracking those responsible for 9/11. ♦ Pictured is SGM Castaneda presenting the award to Cadet/CSM Charlene Papa at Waimea High School in Waimea, Hawaii. She was recommended by Major Victor Aguilar, the Senior Army Instructor.
Allison Coffman receives Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award
The Greer Foundation is proud to announce the award of the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award to Mrs. Allison Coffman. Allison is a high school teacher at John Marshall Community High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. We salute her untiring efforts to assist youth in her school and community. Below is the letter of recommendation submitted with her recommendation. We wanted to share it with you!
Subject: Letter of Recommendation for Mrs. Allison Coffman, English Teacher at John Marshall Community High School
It is with great pride that I write this letter of recommendation on Mrs. Allison Coffman for the Tarlvasky-Price Youth Leadership Award. Three years ago Mrs. Coffman began teaching at John Marshall Community High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. During this short period of time her impact has been instrumental in the success of each and every student she teaches and mentors. To say that Mrs. Coffman is a great teacher is an understatement, but that is only part of the story. Mrs. Coffman has a unique ability to get the absolute best out of her students. She is able to do this by instilling the highest degree of self pride and confidence in them. This is clearly present in their dramatic increase in state wide standardized tests. Many student come to her class having failed their standardized tests multiple times. They fail because of lack of knowledge, but primarily because of their lack of self confidence. Armed with their new knowledge and self confidence they all pass after having Mrs. Coffman as a teacher.
My relationship with Mrs. Allison Coffman has grown stronger because of her special interest in the cadets in the Army JROTC at John Marshall Community High School. Mrs. Coffman has devoted countless hours with each and every cadet is prepared for testing and their upcoming graduation. In addition Mrs. Coffman is willing to allow her JROTC cadets to perform countless community service, service learning projects, educational field trips, and make up any missed assignments. Mrs. Allison Coffman’s dedication and commitment are contagious and has inspired many teachers at John Marshall to take a more personal interest in their students and in the JROTC program.
When I read the story behind the Tarlvasky-Price Youth Leadership Award, I immediately thought of Mrs. Coffman. There is no individual more deserving of the Tarlvasky-Price Youth Leadership Award. Richard B. Woodcox, 1SG(Ret), U.S.Army, Senior Army Instructor
120 Kids @ Earn-Ur-Stripes
Earn-Ur-Stripes was proud to be invited to the Relay for Life event in Eastman, GA. EUS is a fun fitness challenge and free activity for all ages started by Dr. Greer to help promote fitness for kids. The Earn-Ur-Stripes wagon is a 5 x 12 trailer modified by the Dodge County High School Shop Boyz who installed a chin-up bar in the center. The steel was donated by W.T. Howell & Sons located in Eastman, GA. The trailer is designed to be set-up at fairs, school outings, and ball fields across Georgia inspiring kids to get in shape and knock out a few chin ups. At each outing, Dr. Greer mounts the bar to set the base-line standard for a free TGF t-shirt and $100 cash prize. At the start of the Relay for Life, Dr. Greer rep'd 22 perfect chin ups! Each youngster who mounted the bar received a TGF wrist band, TGF tattoo, personal Rep Card, and pin-on US Army stripes. Congrats to Tyler Parker who rep'd 25 perfect chin ups and walked away with 100 bucks! View photos here.
Thanks to LTC Dan Woytek and his Army JROTC Cadets from Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, NJ for the kind donation in support of our mission. We appreciate all that the good Colonel does for our youth at a critical time in their young lives. Salute!
Best Ranger Competition - Book Giveaway
The 30th anniversary of the US Army's Best Ranger Competition was held at Fort Benning, GA from 12-14 April, 2013. In honor of this significant milestone in military history, the National Ranger Association has produced a book capturing the past 30 years of this incredible 3-day event. As a four-time competitor and long-time supporter of the competition, Dr. Greer wanted to give away a signed copy of the book to one lucky winner.
Big Congratulations to Jeb Starkey who won our random draw for a FREE copy of BEST RANGER COMPETITION: The First 30 Years. The book is autographed by LTG David E. Grange, Jr., the namesake of the Best Ranger Comp. He fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam earning 3 Silver Stars, a Purple Heart, a ton of other combat awards and made 3 combat parachute jumps into the hottest LZ's on the planet! Also signed by MSG (Ret) Bobby Beiswanger & MAJ (Ret) Mark Sheehan, 1990 winners; SGM (Ret) Al Brashier, 1992 winner; SFC (Ret) Eric White, 1995 winner; MAJ (Ret) Jeff Streucker, 1996 winner; SFC Gerald Nelson, 2005 winner; CSM (Ret) Steve Greer, 90, 94, 95, 99 competitor. (By the time we mail it we may have a few more signatures!)
One Boy USO Sponsor
We are thrilled at the opportunity to help sponsor this very cool T-shirt for ONE BOY USO. Cody Jackson, or the One Boy USO, has made it his personal mission to thank as many of our troops as he can, either by shaking their hand, welcoming them home or sending packages to those still deployed.
Since Cody was 4, he has been very aware of the close relationship between our military and the wonderful freedom we enjoy. Since explaining the events of 9/11 Cody has felt the irresistible need to show his gratitude as often as he could. During the years, he has met countless men and women in uniform, retired, and veterans. Each hold a special place in his and his family’s heart. The kindness of strangers isn’t dead, it is alive and well, you just have to shake a hero’s hand to find it.
Cody is currently accepting donations to help send care packages to troops still deployed. He is also accepting letters, drawings, or anything to cheer up our troops to include in the packages. If you would like to help young Cody support our troops please visit his web page at http://1boyuso.com/about-one-boy-uso/
Martin Runs Destin 50 for "Chief" Carlson
For the third year in a row, US Army Sergeant Rolando Martin, 41, accomplished his mission of taking on one of the toughest foot races in the business - the Destin Beach 50K! During the previous two years, Martin completed the Destin 50 miler Ultra race. The race takes place on the white sand beaches of Destin, Florida and next to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. That's right, the entire 50 mile race is in the sand! This year, Martin decided to wear his military combat boots and 25 lbs of body armor (just to make it really fun!). He also chose to run the 50 km beach race helping to raise awareness of our mission and honor MSG William "Chief" Carlson.
Martin, an ultra-endurance runner from Miami, Florida trained for several months preparing for the race on February 16, 2013. He placed 21st this year, 7th in 2012, and 12th in 2011 in what experts say is a brutal trek across wet sand while fighting high winds and freezing rain! Add 25 lbs of body armor and wet combat boots and things really get tough! The more we think about this event, the less inclined we are to put it on our to-do list! Congratulations Sergeant Martin! We are proud of your efforts and extremely grateful that you are on our side.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy Board of Directors recently made a generous donation in the amount of $1,000 to support our mission. In a letter from Treasurer Phyllis Davis the UDC wrote: "We appreciate the work you are doing with the wounded warriors and men who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms and our country. We wish you the best in your endeavors to make a difference in the lives of those men and women." We are truly grateful to Mrs. Linda Robinson, President, and the entire Georgia Division of the UDC!
Congratulations to Cole Gorvett, 55 lbs, 11 yrs old, from Chantilly, VA. Dr. Greer was honored to meet and coach this incredible young wrestler at the 2012 Minion Duals at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. He was truly impressed with his demeanor, wrestling skill, and sportsmanship. We are proud to present him with the Iron Thuma Award!
Letter to Dr. Greer from Cole's Dad: "Cole was a delayed eater and experienced body difficulty and failure to thrive issues as a very small person. Cole was admitted to John Hopkins for over 92 days in which they rebuilt his feeding system intravenously. When Cole left JH he had a Terry Schiavo feeding tube inserted. After that time for almost ten years Cole was fed on the tube exclusively.
At 9 1/2 years old Cole went to food training to learn how to eat and swallow whole foods. He attended the UVA mouth and swallow clinic in Charlottesville. He bathed in oatmeal and swam in Jello to conform him in eating in the next decade. He has just lost some of his baby teeth as a 11 year old as his teeth did not come down because he was not eating.
Cole then had his stomach surgery to reverse the feeding tube effect and close his Herniated belly button. Since he did not eat normally to start neither of his testies had dissented so this was corrected as well during surgery. Only in the last year has Cole fully returned to a normal little boy. You were able to see a wonderful young man growing."
The Greer Foundation received a donation in honor of Ashley Cone of Tampa, FL. The donation was sent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Meza of St. Petersburg, FL. Thank you for your continued support of our mission!
The Greer Foundation received a very kind donation from Mr. George Thorndyke of Duluth, GA. Thank you sir! We truly appreciate your support of our mission.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation from former US Navy Aviator Steven Marx of Coupeville, WA. We are grateful for the donation and especially grateful for his service to our nation.
Four Army JROTC Cadets earn Tomahawk Medals for Heroism
On November 5th, 2012, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Noah Long presented the MSG William "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medals to four cadets from the Soddy Daisy High School Army JROTC program. The Greer Foundation is proud to recognize Cadets Destin Cash, Rickey Haynes, Blake Price, and Jeffrey Weaver who displayed incredible heroism at the risk of their own lives while rescuing a 250 lbs drowning man from a lake near Chester Frost Park in July 2012. These four cadets represent the courage that Chief Carlson displayed at home and on the battlefield. Thanks to Admiral Long for presenting on our behalf.
Dr. Greer keynoted annual Veteran's Day Ceremony
For the second year in a row Dr. Greer donned his Army Blue's and spoke to a packed crowd of veteran's, families, VIPs, and local students during the annual 2012 Veteran's Day ceremony at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA. He spoke about the many sacrifices our deployed troops are making in the war against terrorism and the sacrifices of many veterans like MSG "Chief" Carlson, (killed in action hunting terrorists in Afghanistan); WWII Paratrooper Sergeant Needham Smith, (jumped into North Africa in 1942); and Air Force Captain RIchard Adams, (participated in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962). Dr. Greer praised the staff and caregivers at the Veterans Hospital for their untiring dedication to providing first-class medical care to thousands of aging veterans each year.
Earn-Ur-Stripes Debuts at Milan Harvest Festival
What started as a "bright idea" during our recent 9/11 Memorial 5K Run has evolved into a fun fitness challenge for all ages. Earn-Ur-Stripes is a free activity dreamed up by Dr. Greer to help promote fitness for kids. The Earn-Ur-Stripes wagon is a 5 x 12 trailer modified by the Dodge County High School Shop Boyz who installed a chin-up bar in the center. The steel was donated by W.T. Howell & Sons located in Eastman, GA. The trailer will be set-up at fairs, school outings, and ball fields across Georgia inspiring kids to get in shape and knock out a few chin ups. At each outing, Dr. Greer mounts the bar to set the base-line standard for a free TGF t-shirt. During the debut, Dr. Greer rep'd 20 perfect chin ups! Each youngster who mounts the bar receives a TGF wrist band, TGF tattoo, personal Rep Card, and pin-on US Army stripes. At each event, $100 is presented to the youngster (18 and under) who rep's the most correct chin ups. Congrats to Samual Stafford and Ryan Hickman who tied with 20 reps in Milan and walked away with $50 bucks each! View photos here.
The Greer Foundation received a generous donation in Honor of "all wounded warriors" from Rachel Vis of Yorktown, VA. Thanks for your continued support of our mission and wounded warriors. We truly appreciate it!
117th UDC Georgia Convention
The United Daughters of the Confederacy recently held their Opening & Historical Evening at the Macon Marriot City Center in Macon, GA. Dr. & Mrs. Greer were on hand to witness the time-honored tradition and presentation of Crosses of Military Service, National Defense Medals, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medals to military veterans whose ancestors served in the Confederacy during the War between the States. Dr. Greer was honored to be the guest speaker and offer his personal congratulations to World War II Veteran, William F. Harris, Sergeant, US Army; Vietnam Veteran, Omer Glen Pittman, Sergeant, US Army; Global War on Terror, Robert Dwight McCord, Sergeant, US Marine Corps; and Persian Gulf War, Stephen Ervin O'Rear, Colonel, US Air Force. Throughout the evening the families of the recipients were recognized as well as wearers of Military Service Awards, Current Recorders, and Past Division Recorders. Greetings were also presented to members by Miss Peyton Sammons, Vice President General, Children of the Confederacy and Miss Morgan Gatlin, Georgia Division President, Children of the Confederacy. To learn more about the UDC visit their web site.
TGF Receives Community Service Award
We are excited to announce that The Greer Foundation recently received a tremendous honor for our efforts in serving our local community. We received the Community Service Award at the Eastman-Dodge County 32nd Annual Chamber Banquet held at the Terry Coleman Convention Hall in Eastman, GA. Of course, those who know what we do here realize we prefer to be presenting awards in honor of fallen warriors. We are very thankful and humbled that our local chamber selected us to receive this prestigious award. Thank You!
Donations in Honor of Fallen Marine
The Greer Foundation has received donations in honor of Mr. Ted White, who recently passed in Eastman, GA. Mr. White was a Vietnam veteran serving with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, before being severely wounded in action. Very generous donations have been received from:
Ms. Janice Floyd of Cochran, GA; Lauren Dixon of Warner Robins, GA; Melanie Peacock of Eastman, GA; Callie Cobb of Eastman, GA; Manning family of Eastman, GA.; Dodge County HS Faculty; Garrett family of Eastman, GA; Melissa Crosby, Josh Brooks and Brook Crosby of Eastman, GA; and Gresston Baptist Church.
Unbeknown to us, Mr. White requested his family and friends donate to the foundation in lieu of flowers. We are truly humbled by this gesture and wish the entire White family God Speed.
Pritchett Receives "Peace Scholarship"
Congratulations to Mr. Jim Pritchett of Eastman, GA. He recently became the third The Greer Foundation Peace Scholarship award recipient. His selection was based on several factors to include his essay submission, personal commitment to his educational goals, history of giving and volunteerism inside his community, and letter of recommendation. Jim's character, spirit, and dedication to helping others are clearly indicative of a “Peacekeeper” and personify the very essence of our foundation's goals and vision. The scholarship award is in the amount of $500.00. It may be used to assist with tuition, books, and other qualified expenses at the South Georgia Technical College Law Enforcement Academy.
We are extremely pleased and honored to present this important scholarship to Jim and hope that his continued studies will foster a lifelong commitment towards promoting peace and prosperity in his community. Congratulations and best of luck to Jim and his young family.
The Greer Foundation (with the help of countless volunteers) hosted its 2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial 5K Run in memory of the thousands of American citizens who perished on 9/11. On Saturday, September 8, 2012, runners of all kinds gathered on the grounds of the historic Dodge County Courthouse to pay respect to the fallen and run for Wounded Warrior Project. At 8:30 am JROTC Cadets presented the Colors followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Maci Pruitt. A JROTC Cadet then read a narrative of the events of 9/11 as a reminder of that tragic day in our nation's history. The run was led by veterans riding Harley Davidson motorcycles. September Sky Band was also on hand to entertain spectators. The run was a collaborative service learning project between Army JROTC Cadets at Dodge County High School and The Greer Foundation. All proceeds benefited Wounded Warrior Project. View photos taken by Pritchett Photography.
Top Finishers: Adult Male: 1st - Joah Fussell, 2nd - Ryan Kochish, 3rd - Daniel Hinson. Adult Female: 1st - Leanne Mannella, 2nd - Amanda Pittman, 3rd - Dana Niblett. Youth Male: 1st - Hunter Augins, 2nd - Michael Wrease, 3rd - Jacob Maddox. Youth Female: 1st - Brooke Woodard, 2nd - Jamaica Mitchell, 3rd - Claire Greer.
Sponsors: RoadID, Bobby Danforth, R&D Designs, Pritchett Photography, Dodge Co. Wrestling Club, Dusty Pruett, Dalton Fury, Tri-County Monitor, State Farm Insurance, September Sky Band, Hibbett Sports, Jennie Louise, Alcoa, GA Army National Guard, Dynamic Paint Solutions, Eastman Drugs, Goldenhawk Auctions, Resumes, Etc., Tattoos for a Cause, Sheriff Jeff Hinson, Southside Market, Dr. H. Wayne Smith, Mann & Co. Paving, Dublin Chiro, Lone Star State Construction, Pruett Airconditioning Co.; American Legion Post 126, Lady Indians Softball Team, First Baptist Church Youth Ministry, Wahl to Wahl Grocery, Lunch Box Club @ Roy's, Martha Sheldon Florist, Dodge Fitness, Rosenbaum Orthopedics, W.T. Howell & Sons, Inc., US Marine Corps, Dr. Dan Harrell, MGC Wakeboarding Club, Ray Smith-Verizon Wireless, Coke-a-Cola, Fatboys Camo, Dr. Robert Harvill, Dodge Connection-Communities in Schools, Inc., Roscoe Bennett, The Greer Family.
Thanks to SGM (Ret) Roosevelt Thomas for his very generous donation to the foundation. SGM Thomas is no stranger to the Seven Army Values and he knows full well just how important it is to instill these same values into our youth at a very young age. We appreciate your service to a grateful nation SGM!
100 Tees to Wounded Warriors
Thanks to generous support we sent another shipment of TGF t-shirts to wounded warriors. This represents our fourth shipment of tees to military hospitals in the United States and Germany. We started this project many years ago after Dr. Greer visited with wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He realized that when troops are wounded on the battlefield there is no time to pack. We appreciate everyone who has donated and helped us do something for our brave men and women in uniform. A very small and insignificant gesture to those who have sacrificed greatly for our freedoms.
American Patriot Wrestling Singlet
In 2011 the Greer Foundation debuted its exclusive wrestling singlet designed to honor America’s warriors. Worn by warriors in honor of warriors, 100 wrestlers across America proudly showed their patriotism, respect, and warrior spirit for the brave men and women who serve our nation and defend our freedoms. Each time a singlet was purchased, the foundation donated a singlet free of charge to a deserving youth wrestler. In 2012, we donated our final singlet. We hope to see these special singlets passed down to other deserving wrestlers for many years to come. We continue to receive emails from parents who wish to have their sons (or daughters!) included in our photo album.
Email a picture of your American Patriot Wrestler and we'll toss his/her mug shot in the album! Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
North Georgia College Visit
Nestled in historic Dahlonega, GA is one of the nation's six Senior Military Colleges. North Georgia College & State University is host to the 800+ member Corps of Cadets, the #1 Army ROTC program in the nation. Dr. Greer recently escorted two aspiring cadets, Will Morgan and Brant Cranford, to the campus for an informative briefing by LTC (Ret) Keith Antonia, Director of Cadet Admissions. During the visit they were given a detailed tour by recently commissioned cadet, 2LT James Webb. Webb, a former enlisted soldier with the South Carolina Army National Guard is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and will soon report to Fort Rucker, AL to learn how to fly Army helicopters. This was Dr. Greer's third visit to the campus and he highly recommends it for students who are well-disciplined and exceptional scholars, athletes, and leaders. For more information visit their web site.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation from Mr. Gregory A. Grimes from Conyers, GA. His truly kind donation in the amount of $250 will directly impact kids across America as we continue to seek out kids to inspire. We are proud to announce that 100% of all our donations go directly to supporting our mission. No one at the foundation is compensated. We are always humbled by the generosity of great Americans like Gregory. THANK YOU Sir!
L-D-R-S-H-I-P Pep Rally at Boys & Girls Club
More than 60 kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Dodge County located in Eastman, GA recently heard a motivational and inspiring presentation from Dr. Greer. When approached about possibly speaking to the youngsters (who can be a bit mischievous!) Dr. Greer knew exactly what the kids needed to hear. During his high-energy pep-rally, he had the kids rocking the house with a motivational chant - "Motivated, motivated, down right motivated, you check us out, you check us out, boom, snap!" Dr. Greer explained the seven Army values and how each of the values can be exhibited by kids every day. Following the rally, he praised each of the kids and challenged them to be respectful to each other. He ended his presentation with a surprise promotion for each kid to the rank of Honorary Sergeant. Dr. Greer truly enjoyed pinning on their honorary rank and high-five'n each kid with a huge smile.
BLACK SITE drawing on our Facebook Page
Congratulations to US Army soldier Justin Ashcraft who recently won our latest random drawing for a free personalized copy of BLACK SITE by Dalton Fury. Justin is a senior non-commissioned officer serving on active duty. He has been deployed in harms way many times over his career and we are thankful that he is on our side. Dalton Fury personalized the book to Austin, Justin's son, in hopes that it inspires Austin to serve his country.
Rock Eagle 4-H Summer Camp
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Services hosts thousands of young campers each summer at its signature Summer Camps. This year, we were proud to be on hand to participate and help inspire almost 900, 5th and 6th graders from across Georgia. The foundation sponsored several kids who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to attend. During the 5-day camp, kids experienced a number of fun activities such as archery, canoeing, zip line, High Ropes course, swimming, and sailing. The camp also is a great place to learn about the earth and our environment through classes and activities on forestry, conservation, and entomology. (rumor has it many of these kids are future Special Forces soldiers!) For more info about Rock Eagle visit their web page.
JROTC Cadets learn to lead at Fort Benning
The Greer Foundation was on-hand to support several hundred Army JROTC Cadets from across Georgia recently at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge. Located at Fort Benning, GA the cadets honed their leadership skills, improved their self-confidence, and participated in several military tasks designed to push them beyond their comfort zones. Dr. Greer assisted many of the cadets as they rigged up to exit the 34 foot mock jump tower at historic Eubanks Field, home of the US Army Airborne School. He also helped cadets as they faced their fear of heights at the 64 foot Warrior Training Center's rappel tower. Dr. Greer has been a huge supporter of JROTC programs across America and the foundation has provided awards to almost 200 cadets.
Principal Sullivan Receives Award
Principal Michael Sullivan from John Marshall Community HS in Indianapolis, IN recently received the prestigious Tarlavksy-Price Youth Leadership Award. The award is presented to individuals who make a significant difference in the lives of our youth and serve to inspire youth to become successful citizens. According to 1SG Richard Woodcox, "Principal Sullivan's dedication and commitment are contagious and he has inspired many teachers at John Marshall to take a more personal interest in their students and the JROTC program." Thank you Principal Sullivan for devoting your time and energy to our youth!
Conley Receives Iron Thuma Award
Army JROTC Cadet Dana Conley from John Marshall Community HS in Indianapolis, IN recently received the MSG David K. Thuma Iron Thuma Award. The award named in honor of fallen Green Beret Dave Thuma is presented to youth who display exceptional physical fitness and excellence in athletic competition. Congratulations Dana!
JROTC Cadets Receive Tomahawk Medal
The Greer Foundation has been a long-time supporter of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs in schools across America. Each year we receive numerous award recommendations from JROTC Instructors telling about the incredible dedication, leadership, and motivation displayed by their young cadets. Recently, ten cadets were presented the MSG William "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal at their respective Awards Ceremonies. The Tomahawk Medal is a truly unique and inspiring award in honor of a warrior who gave his life while hunting terrorists in Afghanistan. According to LCDR James Stauffer from Flanagan High School in Florida, the Tomahawk Medal "is a favorite of all our cadets, both in its meaning and design." We congratulate the following amazing cadets and wish them God Speed as they move forward: Carlos Mongui, FL; Star Conley, IN; Theo Papa, HI; Joseph Ellison, SC; Jeffrey Otano, FL; Brandon Jenkins, GA; Kenya O'Neal, GA; Brittany Thomas, SC; Joseph Delgiorna, NJ; Brieanna-Lyn McKeage, NH.
29th Annual Best Ranger Competition
Dr. Greer returned to his old stomping grounds at Fort Benning, GA to witness the world's toughest contest known as the Best Ranger Competition. Named in honor of LTG David E. Grange, Jr., the competition was first held in 1983. Since then, it has evolved into a 3-day, non-stop, physical and mental gut check for those who make the cut to participate and represent their units. This year 50 teams from across the US Army competed. By the end of Day 3, only 34 teams remained. Dr. Greer is a 4-time competitor in this event and has been a proud sponsor for many years. More Pics? Dr. Greer brought professional photographer Jim Pritchett with him to document the entire 3 days of events. View pics here.
Blake Beasley of Cadwell, GA recently won the Georgia Big Kids State Wrestling Title at 10U, 73 lbs. Competing for The Storm Wrestling Center in Dublin, GA, Blake has now added another State title to his impressive list of wrestling accomplishments. Competing in what was arguably the toughest age/weight category of the tournament, Blake made it all look easy as he rolled through the bracket beating a previous state champ in the semi-final round and then another state champion in the finals. Blake has been wrestling for 5 years and is in the 6th grade. Congratulations Blake! We are very proud of you!
The Greer Foundation is "ultra" proud of Sergeant Rolando Martin, 40, who recently accomplished his mission of running 50 miles in the sand helping to raise awareness of our mission and inspire others to climb to glory. Martin, an ultra-endurance runner from Miami, Florida trained for 6 months preparing for the world's longest beach run - the Destin 50 Beach Ultra on February 19, 2012. He placed 7th this year besting his 2011 finish by 5 notches in what experts say was a brutal trek across wet sand, fighting high winds, freezing rain, and WET shoes! The more we think about this event, the less inclined we are to put it on our to-do list! Congratulations SGT Martin! We are proud of your efforts and extremely grateful that you are on our side.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation from Ms. Shirley Retter of Newnan, GA. Thanks for thinking of us and helping drive our mission toward a banner year in 2012! We can't do it without wonderful folks like you Shirley! THANK YOU.
Hailey Cox looks like your average 6th grader. She's smart, energetic, and loves attending Hobble Creek Elementary School in Utah. However, on February 4th, 2012, she was anything but average. In fact, her performance on the wrestling mat may be unprecedented. Hailey won the gold medal at the Utah Super State Championship tournament in a bracket full of all males...in fact, she was the only girl wrestling that day in a field of more than 900 seasoned wrestlers. Wrestling in the 5-6th grade division at 75 lbs, Hailey bested each of her opponents as well as the defending Super State tourny champion. The Super State Championships brings together all-classifications of state champions under one venue to determine who is truly the best of the best in Utah. Congratulations Hailey...Dave Thuma would be as amazed as we are at your performance. You are truly an inspiration to us all!
Congratulations to Coach Jason Griner who received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award for his dedicated service, commitment, and mentorship for more than 10 years as a wrestling coach for South Georgia Athletic Club in Valdosta, GA. Coach Griner has coached countless youth wrestlers to be champions on and off the mat. He has volunteered his time, talents, and treasure ensuring south Georgia kids have an opportunity to learn and compete in the great sport of wrestling. He has coached many state and national champions and traveled across the USA supporting Team Georgia wrestlers.
Congratulations to little Tucker Kinsaul, 64 lbs, 10 yrs old. Dr. Greer saw this incredible young wrestler at the Michael Gay Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Dexter, GA and was truly impressed with his demeanor, wrestling skill, and sportsmanship. Not only is Tucker a stand-out wrestler, he is compassionate about helping others less fortunate. Several weeks ago, he wrestled to raise money for a friend of his who is suffering from Leukemia. He raised $1800! We are proud to present him with the Iron Thuma Award!
BLACK SITE Drawing on Facebook
Congratulations to Jonathan Hearn who won our second random drawing for a personalized copy of Dalton Fury's latest thriller, BLACK SITE! Hearn was selected through random draw courtesy of www.random.org and will receive a free copy signed by Dalton Fury, New York Times Best Selling author of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commanders Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man.
Wow! Less than 48 hrs into 2012 and The Greer Foundation received its first donation of the new year. Thank you Floyd Toye of Spring Hill, FL for your very generous support of our important mission.
MAS @ 2012 Best Ranger Competition
The Greer Foundation is planning the next MAS - Military Adventure Series for kids. MAS allows kids to experience the United States Military up-close and personal by visiting military bases, museums, veteran's hospitals, and historic battlefields. The 2012 MAS is scheduled for April 13-15 at Fort Benning, GA. Participants will witness the 29th Annual Best Ranger Competition and meet America's toughest 2-man Ranger buddy teams as they battle it out in the world's most grueling 3-day, non-stop, competition. For more about the BRC click here.
The Greer Foundation received a donation in honor of Ashley Cone of Tampa, FL. The donation was sent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Meza of St. Petersburg, FL. Thank You!
The Greer Foundation recently awarded the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award to Pastor Robert Porras of New Life Community Church in Miami, FL. Presenting the award was U.S. Army Sergeant Rolando Martin, a member of New Life Community Church. Pastor Porras is commended for his tireless display of courage and high moral values. His exceptional example has inspired countless kids in the Miami area to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savoir. His ministry continues to reach kids of all ages encouraging them to become successful citizens and climb to glory. Congratulations Pastor Porras...job well done!
The Greer Foundation received another generous donation from long-time supporter and friend, Mike Marx of Alexandria, VA. Thanks Mike! We always appreciate your vote of confidence in word and deed. Thanks for helping us make a difference in the lives of our youth.
Giving Thanks to our Troops
Every Thanksgiving day since 2002, Dr. Greer has phoned the Staff Duty office of the 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (LI) at Fort Drum, NY. The 2nd Brigade was then Command Sergeant Major Greer's final assignment serving as the Brigade CSM. This year he spoke with SSG Eric Keesler a former Drill Instructor and new father of a baby boy. He also spoke with PFC Joshua Magid, himself a proud father of a new boy. Both were serving on Staff Duty so that others could be home with family and friends to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks guys! We owe you one! Our official TGF tee is on the way to Fort Drum.
Warrior Up! Challenge 2011
The Greer Foundation in collaboration with the Dodge County High School Army JROTC Battalion hosted the first annual Warrior Up! Challenge. The event was held the day after Veteran's Day at the Eastman-Dodge Recreation Department. Designed to push runners beyond what they would typically experience, the Warrior Up! Challenge is a military style trail run. Runners sprint, jog, crawl, trot, and cavort through a 2 mile course consisting of water, obstacles, mud, gravel, scrub brush, dirt, and grass. Although the weather was less than ideal (we had to cut the frozen lock with bolt cutters to get into the venue!) forty-one runners of all ages participated to test their physical toughness, stamina, and simply buck-up in honor of America's fighting men and woman.
Run Results: Adult Male - 1st - Thomas Rogers; 2nd - Dustin Ussery; 3rd - Reggie Sheffield. Adult Female - 1st - Kathy Brown. High School Division - Male: 1st - Jacob Danforth, 2nd - Paul Coogle, 3rd - Will Morgan. High School Division - Female: 1st - Jamaica Mitchell, 2nd - Sharena Wrease, 3rd - Maya Coates. Middle School Division - Male: 1st - Crosse Bearden, 2nd - Cody Oxford, 3rd - Paul Herman. Middle School Division - Female: 1st - Haleigh Pavesich. Elementary School Division - Male: 1st - Aiden Greer, 2nd - Noah Cummings. Elementary School Division - Female: 1st - Abby Greer.
Dr. Greer keynoted annual Veteran's Day Ceremony
Dr. Greer donned his Army Blue's and spoke to a packed crowd of veteran's, families, VIPs, and local students during the annual Veteran's Day ceremony at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, GA. He recited several sentences taken from essays written by local Army JROTC cadets and spoke of the high honor it is to serve our nation in peace and war. He also toured the center's campus meeting Willie Smith, 105 years old, and Marine CPL Judd, a wounded veteran of the invasion of Guadalcanal in August, 1942.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation from the Veneziale Family in Honor of Carmen A. Veneziale, Sr., U.S. Army, 1950-1953.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation from Mr. Steve Marx of Washington. Steve is a former commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Congratulations to his lovely daughter Haley who was recently selected as the Junior Class Princess. Fantastic!
2X New Jersey Kids State Champ gets TGF Singlet
When we designed our signature American Patriot Wrestling singlet we wanted kids across America to wear it with pride. In order to reach more kids, we decided to donate one singlet for each singlet purchased. Thus far we have proudly donated numerous singlets to kids who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to wear it. Recently, we were honored to donate a singlet to 9 yr old Dean "The Machine" Peterson, a 2x NJ Kids State Champ! We were contacted by Dean's coach who told us that Dean "...is a very humble and giving little boy who is not brash and obnoxious as some young athletes can be but compassionate and caring with a love for wrestling and the skills to compete at a higher level." We wish Dean the best of luck on and off the mat. He is a true American Patriot and special young man.
The Greer Foundation received another very generous donation from Mr. Michael Marx of Alexandria, VA. Mike has been a life-long friend and long-time supporter of our efforts. THANK YOU!
Warrior Up! Challenge
We are excited to announce our plans for the first Warrior Up! Challenge on November 12, 2011 at the Dodge County Public Fishing Area in Eastman, GA. Conducted following Veteran's Day this event will definitely test your physical and mental toughness as you negotiate trails, creeks, uneven terrain, obstacles, and carry various items through the course. The event is a collaborative effort between the Greer Foundation and the Dodge County HS JROTC Battalion to encourage youth and adults to push beyond their physical and mental limitations. Male and Female Divisions by grade (3-5 Grade; 6-8 Grade; 9-12 Grade; and Adult). Awards go to the top 3 placers in each division/grade category. Custom Warrior Up! Challenge Tee for all participants. Click to register ♦ Join our Facebook Group
USMC CPL Tony Mullis - Wounded Warrior
Double-leg Amputee CPL Tony Mullis recently spoke to the Dodge County HS JROTC Battalion in Eastman, GA. CPL Mullis was home on convalescent leave after spending several months at Bethesda Naval Hospital. A native of nearby Hawkinsville, GA, Mullis was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was severely wounded on April 6, 2011 by an Improvised Explosive Device. He lost both legs and received significant shrapnel wounds to his right arm. His son, Cason Mullis, was born the day before he was wounded. During the visit the JROTC Cadets and The Greer Foundation presented CPL Mullis with a check for $ 5,141.90 benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. The Greer Foundation also presented CPL Mullis a check for $ 500.00 toward the Tony Mullis Fund.
The Greer Foundation (with the help of countless volunteers) hosted a 10th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk in memory of the thousands of American citizens who perished on 9/11. On Saturday, September 10, 2011, 149 runners of all kinds gathered on the grounds of the historic Dodge County Courthouse to pay respect to the fallen and run for Wounded Warrior Project. At 9:00 am, JROTC Cadets Portia Batten and Tamara Tharpe posted the Colors. Cadet Paul Coogle led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Cadet Michael Asbell, dressed in his volunteer Firefighter uniform, read a narrative of the events of 9/11 as a reminder of that tragic day in our nation's history. Cadet Paul Coogle led the crowd in prayer followed by the playing of Taps by a Dodge County HS Marching Band Bugler. Following the playing of Taps, the youngest runner, 6 year old Gracie Mann, fired the starter pistol signaling the start of the run. Led by the Eastman Police Department and two combat veterans riding Harley Davidson motorcycles, runners took off for the 3.1 trek through beautiful Eastman, GA. The run was a collaborative service learning project between the Army JROTC Cadets at Dodge County High School and The Greer Foundation. All proceeds went to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
Race Results: Female Runners - 1st, Heidi Taylor, 20:08; 2nd, Stephanie Freeman, 21:09; 3rd, Carrie Coleman, 24:34; 4th, Jamaica Mitchell, 25:13; 5th, Leanne Mannella, 25:50 (pushing baby stroller!). Male Runners - 1st, Rodney Hood, 17:56; 2nd, Paul Coogle, 18:14; 3rd, Jordan Jones, 18:47; 4th, Jacob Danforth, 19:44; 5th, Jake Dowdy, 19:48.
Race Sponsors: Dodge Co. HS JROTC, Shorty's Quik Stop, Wholesale Builders Supply, Mann & Co. Paving, Martha Sheldon Florist, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., PriPhoto, Southside Market, First Baptist Church of Eastman, Dodge Co. HS Future Farmers of America, Georgia Army National Guard, RoadID, R & D Designs, State Farm Insurance, Robert Graham, CAMSPORTS (John Sanders), Clay & Joy Scarborough, McDonald's, Zaxby's, W.T. Howell & Sons, Eastman Drugs, Little's Forklift Repair, Rosenbaum Orthopedics, Piddlin Peddler, Dodge Connection-Communities in Schools, Inc., Wahl to Wahl Grocery, Mid-State Printing, Ray Smith-Verizon Wireless, Bubba's Automotive, Eugene Smith Lodge 279, Wayne's Lawn Equipment, Ocmulgee Veterinary Clinic, Dodge Fitness, Golf Cart World, Bob Greer, Dodge County News, Marketplace on Fifth, Rep. Jimmy Pruett & Casey Pruett, Dr. Dan Harrell, Hospice Care Options, I.V. Care Options, Dublin Chiropractic, Dr. Ben Harvill, Eastman Fast Lube, Friends of Peggy Greer.
The Greer Foundation received a very generous donation of $350 from Stephen Jones of Tampa, FL. THANK YOU!
The Greer Foundation teamed with Dalton Fury to send wounded warrior and Army Ranger James Knuppenburg to Los Angeles, CA on 2-3 September, 2011, for the premiere of Call Of Duty, Modern Warrior 3. Ranger Knuppenburg was shot in the stomach three times by enemy small arms fire. He and his girlfriend Loren Carpenter received VIP treatment at the event. The media was all over Ranger Knuppenburg as Hollywood types and top gamers around the world were eager to meet a real American warrior. Thanks for your service Ranger...we appreciate it! Thanks to the folks at Sledgehammer Games for making it all possible.
Afghanistan: We Won, They Lost...Now Get Out
Thirty military special operations troops were killed in action today - members of the storied US Navy SEALs. Why? Read more
New York Times Best Selling Author Dalton Fury, author of Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commanders Account of the Hunt For the World's Most Wanted Man, has donated five copies of his new Delta Force Thriller Black Site. Fury served with Chief Carlson in Delta Force and both were in Afghanistan together hunting for Bin Laden. We are giving these away by random draw to those who visit our Facebook page and click the "Like" button. Random draws will be launched the moment our "Like" counter hits 200, 300, 400, 500, & 600. Dalton Fury has agreed to sign and personalize each copy for the winners. We will handle the shipping and have them in the mail as soon as they hit the book stores in early 2012. To visit our Facebook page click here. Update! Army Captain Jason Collier won the first drawing as we crested 200 likes! Congrats!
Rolando Martin, a US Army Reserve Soldier, is on a mission. Martin, an ultra-endurance athlete from Miami, Florida is training to run the World's Longest Beach Run - the Destin 50 Beach Ultra on February 19, 2012. No stranger to the Destin 50, Martin placed 12th last year helping raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The run takes place on the white sand beaches of Florida and next to the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The entire 50 miles are in the sand! Most mortals would consider that a huge accomplishment. However, Martin isn't satisfied with just 50 miles in the sand. He also plans to run the Key West 100 Miler in May 2012. Martin serves with the 478th Civil Affairs Battalion and has participated in humanitarian relief operations in Columbia and Hurricane Katrina. He is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree from American Military University. The Greer Foundation is honored to sponsor Martin and humbled that he would consider supporting our mission. Donations for Martin may be made at our Home page.
Marx Donates American Patriot Singlets
Former High School Wrestler Mike Marx from Alexandria, VA surprised the Foundation with a very generous donation. Over the 4th of July weekend, he asked us to present our signature American Patriot wrestling singlet to two deserving wrestlers in celebration of Independence Day! Congratulations to William Formato, a 10 year old wrestler from The Wrestling Academy. William is a 3x Georgia Kids State Champion. Congratulations to Brent Carr, a 9 year old from Storm Wrestling Center in Dublin, GA. Brent is a 3x Georgia Kids State Champion and a USA Wrestling Kids National Champion. Both of these youngsters are not only phenomenal wrestlers, they are outstanding citizens who treat others with dignity and respect.
Irregular Wars: Enduring Lessons & Recommendations
As American forces prepare for the inevitable - withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq - they must not allow the lessons learned to be shelved. Read more
Coach Bob Hamlin, a youth baseball coach for Nor-Gwyn Youth Baseball in Pennsylvania, received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award for outstanding service, leadership, and mentorship to the 9U through 12U Tournament Team Program. "Bob is a patriot and within 3 years has clearly organized, built, led fund raising, and maintained the Nor-Gwyn (North Wales - Upper Gwynedd) Baseball program from the bottom up" wrote Stephen Veneziale. According to James Drinkwater, "Bob has taken the Nor-Gwyn Baseball Tournament program from an afterthought to one that is talked about as a successful and accomplished program in just 3 years. Bob's vision, loyalty, and positive attitude has created a program that benefits the kids of the community now and in the future." Pictured (l - r) are George Wicks - President of Nor-Gwyn Softball and Baseball, Steve Veneziale, Bob Hamlin - Tournament Team Director, Jim Drinkwater - Cubs Coach, Ken Constable - Nor-Gwyn Little League Director.
Dr. Greer spoke at Carl Vinson VA Memorial Tribute
Dr. Greer was the keynote speaker at the Memorial Day Tribute hosted by the Carl Vinson Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Dublin, GA. He reminded all those in attendance to remember and honor the sacrifices and selfless-service of our fallen warriors. Mr. Johnny Payne was the Master of Ceremonies and the program included posting the Colors and Bagpipe performance by the Dublin Rural Fire Department, Prelude by Mr. Chandler Stone, American's Creed recital by Ms. Harriett Claxton, National Anthem by Ms. Rhonda Hambrick, Recognition of Gold Star Mothers, Memorial Wreath laying by Sergeant Major (USMC, Ret) Chandler Beasely, and Reflections by Chaplain Samuel Scaggs.
The Greer Foundation received a $100 donation from Dan & Laurie Littlefield of Waycross, GA. THANK YOU!
The Greer Foundation received a $100 donation from Stephen Veneziale of Lansdale, PA. THANK YOU!
Chase Kappeler, a junior Black Belt at Kingstowne Karate Dojo in Alexandria, VA received the Iron Thuma Award for an exceptional performance at the East Coast Regional Female Karate Tournament. Chase won the Grand Championship Trophy beating all other black belt age divisions in Sparring, Kata, and Self-Defense competition. Chase is trained by Master Gary Klaus, a retired United States Marine Corps officer.
Austin Torregrosa, an Army JROTC Cadet from Dodge County High School in Georgia received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal. Austin was a member of the Raider Team and was promoted to Cadet First Sergeant during his first year in JROTC. Austin recently attended the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Leadership Challenge at Fort Benning, GA. He was selected to receive the Basic Platoon Leadership Award over more than 350 cadets from the Atlanta Public School System.
Andres Ramirez, a Navy JROTC Cadet from Flanagan High School in Florida received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal. Andres led his unit to #2 in America in Navy JROTC Athletics among 633 schools! He is the first Navy JROTC Cadet to receive the medal and was nominated by his senior instructor, LCDR Jim Stauffer.
Tamira Campbell, an Army JROTC Cadet from Greene Central High School in North Carolina, received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal. Tamira has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a member of the National Arts Honor Society, United Gospel Community Choir, Varsity Basketball team, and JROTC program. She was nominated by her JROTC instructor, 1SG Dennis Bottoms.
Dowis Joins TGF!
We are proud to announce that Andrea Dowis, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, has joined us as our first Intern! Andrea is an award winning graphic designer. Having taken courses in design, anthropology, illustration, music, sculpture and environmental writing she creates a unique illustrative world. We look forward to leveraging her expertise to support our mission. Welcome Andrea! Visit her web site to learn more.
Eastside Baptist Church
Dr. Greer spoke at the Men's fellowship meeting at Eastside Baptist Church in Eastman, GA on April 16, 2011. More than 50 men from 7 churches were in attendance to hear his testimony and join together in fellowship.
2011 Best Ranger Competition
The Greer Foundation was a proud sponsor of the 2011 David E. Grange, Jr., Best Ranger Competition. Dr. Greer is a four-time competitor in this 3-day test of endurance and military skills held annually at Fort Benning, GA. The 2011 competition was the 28th anniversary starring the best soldiers in the world, our United States Army, RANGERS! The competition has evolved over the past twenty-five years from one that was originally created to salute the best two-man “buddy” team in the Ranger Department at Fort Benning to determine the best two-man team from the entire United States Armed Forces. The winners of the 2011 BRC were Sgt. Maj. Walter Zajkowski and Master Sgt. Eric Turk, team No. 8 from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Read more...
Noe Rodriguez, an outstanding Army JROTC Cadet received the Iron Thuma Award for exceptional leadership, stamina, and physical toughness as the JROTC Raider Team Commander and Varsity Soccer team member. Noe is the JROTC Battalion Command Sergeant Major and attends John Marshall Community High School in Indianapolis, IN. She was recommended by her JROTC instructor, 1SG Richard Woodcox.
Johnathan Quintyne, an Army JROTC Cadet from Groveton High School in Georgia, received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal for demonstrating qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. He was recommended by his JROTC Instructor, MAJ Rodney Tyson.
Sergio Colon, an Army JROTC Cadet from Everglades High School in Florida, received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal for setting the highest standards in appearance, leadership, fitness, and military bearing, while challenging others to emulate his example. He was recommended by his JROTC Instructor, COL Dennis Teitge.
Branden Gatioan, an Army JROTC Cadet from Waimea High School in Hawaii, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for displaying exemplary leadership as the battalion's Cadet Command Sergeant Major. He also won the 2011 Citizenship Award that is presented to one student from each public high school in the state of Hawaii. Pictured with Branden is his Army JROTC senior instructor, MAJ Victor Aguilar.
Ashley Butler and Johnathan Busby, both Army JROTC Cadets from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in South Carolina, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for displaying exemplary characteristics of leadership, discipline, personal courage, and patriotism.. They were recommended by their JROTC instructor, MAJ John McDonald.
Christopher Hamb, an Army JROTC Cadet from Harlem High School in Georgia, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional performance, leadership, and dedication as a Battalion Commander. He was recommended by his JROTC instructor, LTC Mitchell Sivas.
Cody Brownell, an Army JROTC Cadet from White Mountains Regional High School in New Hampshire, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional character, motivation, pride and commitment to serve his nation. He was recommended by his JROTC instructor, LTC Darrel Gearhart.
Andy Spivey, an Army JROTC Cadet from Hephzibah High School in Georgia, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional performance, leadership, and dedication as a Platoon Leader in the Rebel Battalion. He was recommended by his JROTC instructor, LTC Boyd Long.
Matthew Pugliese, an Army JROTC Cadet from Delsea Regional High School in New Jersey, received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional performance as the Co-Captain of the JROTC Rifle Team. He was recommended by his JROTC instructor, LTC Dane Woytek.
Domanique Harris, an Army JROTC Cadet from John Marshall Community High School in Indiana received the “Chief” Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional performance at JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. She was recommended by his JROTC instructor, 1SG Richard Woodcox.
The Greer Foundation is proud to recognize Mrs. Marie Wright, a Graduation Coach at John Marshall Community High School in Indianapolis, IN. According to 1SG (Ret) Richard Woodcox, "Mrs. Wright's dedication is contagious and has inspired many teachers at John Marshall to take a more personal interest in their students." Every school needs a Mrs. Wright!
Star Conley, an outstanding Army JROTC Cadet received the Iron Thuma Award for exceptional leadership, stamina, and physical toughness as the JROTC Raider Team Commander. Star is the JROTC Battalion Commander and attends John Marshall Community High School in Indianapolis, IN. He was recommended by his JROTC instructor, 1SG Richard Woodcox.
Van Schmidt, a 6th grade stand out wrestler for Compound Wrestling in Stockbridge, GA received the Iron Thuma Award for an exceptional performance during the 2010-2011 Georgia USA Wrestling season. Van attends JC Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, GA.
The Greer Foundation is proud to honor X-treme Mixed Martial Arts in Warrington, PA for outstanding support and mentorship to America's youth. X-treme MMA, owned by Anthony Tamburrino, specializes in wrestling, grappling, jiujitsu, and kickboxing programs designed for boys ages 8-14. Coach Tamburrino has provided an incredible training atmosphere for kids that focuses on treating everyone with dignity and respect. He and his cadre of exceptional instructors have been changing lives and molding champions in mixed martial arts, wrestling, and jiujitsu for more than 5 years. Coach Tamburrino, a former All-Marine Corps Wrestler, is an exceptional role model and mentor to his young students. Pictured is Anthony Tamburrino (center, kneeling) with members of X-treme MMA.
The Greer Foundation recently honored the Boys & Girls Clubs of AcadianaThe Greer Foundation recently honored the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana in Lafayette, LA w ith the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana have been providing a safe and secure place for youth across several counties to realize their full potential. Their programs have helped foster increased self-esteem, personal responsibility, and community awareness. The BGC of Acadiana is led by Chris Martin, Chief Professional Officer. Pictured is Chris Martin (center) with members of Boys & Girls Clubs and Louisiana Army National Guard members.
Open-Letter to Columbia University President
Dr. Greer recently sent a letter to Lee C. Bollinger, the President of Columbia University, urging him to remind the students and faculty that our freedoms are not free. Dr. Greer expressed his concern for the treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by students during a debate on the future of ROTC at Columbia. Read the letter here.
The Greer Foundation received a $250 donation from Dublin Chiropractic Associates, Inc in Dublin, GA. Dublin Chiro focuses on structural and segmental correction using state of the art procedures. The practice is owned by Dr. Phillip and Dr. Leanne Mannella. THANK YOU!
American Patriot Wrestling Singlet
The Greer Foundation has recently commissioned a VERY COOL singlet to honor our troops. As a former wrestler and retired soldier, Dr. Greer is very excited to help promote patriotism among youth wrestlers across America. Thanks to Randy Kawa and the folks at Takedown Sportswear in Lawrenceville, GA our custom designed singlets are only $70. To order visit our Shop page.
The Greer Foundation received a $200 donation from COL (Ret) Arthur L. Samperilli of Dothan, AL. THANK YOU!
Official TGF Tees to Wounded Warriors
Due in large part to generous donations, we donated 100 Greer Foundation T-shirts to wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. "When troops are wounded on the battlefield, there is no time to pack!" said Greer. "We are proud to support our brave men and women in uniform." This represents the third donation of TGF tees to wounded warriors. A very small and insignificant gesture to those who have sacrificed greatly for our freedoms.
Chandler Smalley, an outstanding wrestler for TEAM BEAR in Honeo Path, SC received the Iron Thuma Award for winning the Championship Belt at the Rhino Extreme Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Fayetteville, NC. Chandler placed first in Division 1 at 70 lbs and second in Division 2 at 70 lbs. Chandler attends Cherokee Trail Elementary School in Donalds, SC.
Iron Thuma Award
Braxton Bellflower, a 7th grade wrestler for Toombs County Wrestling received the Iron Thuma Award for an exceptional Gold Medal winning performance at the Middle Georgia Middle School Athletic Association Region Wrestling Tournament in West Laurens, GA. Braxton attends Toombs County Middle School in Lyons, GA.
Georgia Military College
Dr. Greer toured the historic campus and met with staff and students at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, GA. The site of the State Capital from 1807-1868, Georgia Military College was established in 1879 by act of the Georgia General Assembly "to educate young men and women from the Middle Georgia area in an environment which fosters the qualities of good citizenship."
The "Station" at First Baptist Church
Dr. Greer enjoyed the live band, Gospel Rock Music, and fellowship at the First Baptist Church Youth Ministry in Eastman, GA. He spoke to 100 high school and middle school kids presenting his testimony and the impact Christ has had on his life in and out of uniform.
Joshua Robinson, a 12 year old wrestler for Allatoona Wrestling Club received the Iron Thuma Award for an incredible display of guts, mental and physical toughness, and sportsmanship at the Tour of Georgia wrestling tournament in West Laurens, GA. Joshua attends Moses Middle School in Dallas, GA.
The Greer Foundation received a $50 donation from Mrs. Mary Meza of Saint Petersburg, Fl in honor of Ms. Marie Meza and Mr. Ashley Cone of Tampa, FL. THANK YOU!
Brent Carr, an 84 lb Georgia State Champion wrestler from Raider Storm Wrestling Club in Laurens County, GA, received the Iron Thuma Award. Brent turned in gold medal performances at several Tour of Georgia wrestling tournaments and won first place honors at the USA Wrestling Dixie Nationals in Atlanta, GA. He attends Southwest Laurens Elementary School in Rentz, GA. He is trained by his father, a 3x Georgia High School State Champion and NCAA All-American. Coach Carr owns The Storm Wrestling Center in Dublin, GA.
DLT Foundation Grant
The Greer Foundation recently received a $1000 grant from the DLT Foundation in Herndon, VA. The DLT Foundation focuses its philanthropic resources in the communities where their employees, vendors, customers and their families live and work. They are dedicated to making strategic investments to meet the most critical needs in our communities and we thank their board of directors for supporting our important mission. THANK YOU!
AJ Tamburrino, a 60 lb stand out wrestler for the Central Bucks Wrestling Team in Pennsylvania, received the Iron Thuma Award for an incredible first place finish at the 7th Annual Pottsgrove Wrestling Takedown Tournament in Pottstown, PA. AJ attends Longstreth Elementary School. Pictured is AJ Tamburrino following the medal presentation at the tournament.
Luke Littlefield, a freshman 103 lbs Varsity Wrestler at Ware County High School in Waycross, GA received the Iron Thuma Award. Luke placed first at the Viking Invitational winning all seven matches. Luke is a former champion youth and middle school wrestler. Pictured is Luke following the medal presentation at Treutlan County High School in Soperton, GA.
Visiting Wounded Warriors
Dr. Greer routinely visits with wounded warriors at military hospitals around the country to thank them for their service and tremendous sacrifice in defense of our great nation. He has been a long time supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project providing escort, counseling, and assistance.
North Georgia College & State University
Dr. Greer toured the historic North Georgia College & State University campus in Dahlonega, Ga., a small historic town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. North Georgia is distinctive among its peer institutions in that it is one of only six senior military colleges in the United States. The Army ROTC Corps of Cadets comprises about 13 percent of the student population at North Georgia. Because of this distinction, North Georgia has been designated by the state legislature as The Military College of Georgia.
Stephen Jenkins, a 103 lb Varsity Wrestler at Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, GA received the Iron Thuma Award for an exceptional performance at the West Laurens Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Stephen won seven straight matches and earned a gold medal. Stephen is a member of the 2010 Georgia State Raider Team champions. Pictured is Stephen Jenkins following the medal presentation in Laurens County, GA.
The Greer Foundation received a $250 donation from Joe and Melissa Kraus of Hazlet, NJ. THANK YOU!
The Youth Ministry at First Baptist Church of Eastman, GA received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award. Mr. Daryl Summey, Associate Pastor of Youth and Activities, leads this high impact and exciting ministry.
Iron Thuma Award
Robert Wylie, a competitive swimmer with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club received the Iron Thuma Award for earning a Top 100 ranking in the nation for his performance in the 2010 Long Course swim season. He is ranked in the 1500 meter, 800 meter, and 100 meter Freestyle events; the 200 meter Breaststroke and the 200 meter and 400 meter Individual Medly. Robert attends Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA.
The Greer Foundation received a $20 donation from Mr. Jim Campbell of Vidalia, GA. THANK YOU!
Riverside Military Academy
Dr. Steve Greer recently traveled to Gainesville, GA to speak to the cadets, staff, and leadership at Riverside Military Academy. He was invited by RMA President, Colonel James Benson, USMC (Ret) to be a part of the Character Development Speaker series. He praised the cadets for their professionalism and sense of duty as members of the Corps of Cadets. During his visit he toured the historic campus and state of the art facilities.
Magnolia Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Eastman, GA received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award for their tireless leadership and mentoring of youth. This ministry is led by Matt Walker, a former high school teacher and coach. Matt's passion for Christ and the Christian faith has served to influence hundreds of youth to make decisions for Christ.
New Medal of Honor Book
Dr. Greer provided a back cover blurb for Noble Warrior: The Life and Times of MG James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret)
The Greer Foundation received a $250 donation from George Thorndyke of Duluth, GA. THANK YOU!
Joseph Pizzaro, an Army JROTC Cadet from Columbus High School in Columbus, GA received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal for exceptional performance at the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Leadership Challenge at Columbus State University and Fort Benning, GA.
Operation New Dawn: No Combat Troops in Iraq
As a retired Soldier, I´m always a bit skeptical when I hear leaders make a distinction between combat troops and non-combat troops. Read more
University of North Carolina ROTC Ball
Dr. Greer was the guest speaker at the Army ROTC Military Ball at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, NC. He thanked the cadets for their decision to serve our nation at war and reminded them that their task will be a difficult one filled with many challenges.
In Laymen´s Terms…this is Terrorism
Before 9/11, few Americans knew much about Terrorism. Since that day, defining terrorism precisely has been a serious problem. If you agree with the cause, you don´t call them terrorists. Read more
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Middle Georgia Region was presented the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award for their dedication to supporting under-served youth in six rural Georgia communities. Their programs, staff, and board of directors are committed to helping youth achieve their dreams, realize their potential in life, and Be Great!
Wounded Warrior Golf Benefit
The Greer Foundation sponsored 10 wounded warriors for a day of golf and relaxation at beautiful Diamond Run Golf Club. Dr. Greer picked up the warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC and drove them to Swickley, PA. The troops enjoyed golfing, great food, and watched the Pittsburg Steelers game. Thanks to very generous donors, the benefit raised $50,000 for Wounded Warrior Project.
Is Iran the Progenitor of the New Cold War?
As we say in South Georgia, it´s fixin to get ugly! The world has just learned that Iranian and Russian nuclear experts made final preparations to start up Iran's first reactor after years of delays. Read more
No Ground Zero Mosque! Open Letter to Mayor Bloomberg
I join with millions of Americans who are opposed to the founding of a mosque at the very site where Islamist Jihadists destroyed the World Trade Center and took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Read more
The Greer Foundation received a $100 donation from the Milan City Council. THANK YOU!
4th of July Celebration
Dr. Greer spoke at the Milan, GA Fourth of July celebration and reminded those in attendance of the need to preserve our freedoms regardless of the cost.
HOBY Youth Leadership Conference
Dr. Greer was the keynote speaker at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference at Georgia South Western University in Americus, GA. He encouraged hundreds of high performing high school juniors to seek a career in public service and give back their time and talents to serving our nation.
Greer receives Boys & Girls Club National Medallion
Dr. Greer was awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs National Medallion at a ceremony in Eastman, GA. Boys & Girls Clubs of America President, Ms. Roxanne Spillett, traveled from Atlanta to present the award in person to Dr. Greer and thank him for his service to youth. The National Medallion is presented to individuals "Whose unusually devoted service has contributed greatly in helping youth achieve a fuller and richer life through the positive guidance and influence of the Boys & Girls Club."
Iraq War: Reflections of a Pundit
It was a rather cool, clear day at Fort Drum, NY. Twenty-years, 4 months, and 13 days of military service was coming to a close. My brigade had just returned from the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA. Our training focused heavily on the urban fight - the close contact, bloody fighting that was predicted to unfold in Iraq. Read More
The Eastman-Dodge Recreation Department from Eastman, GA received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award for tireless service and support to Dodge County youth and sports teams. Mr. Bodie Gray is the Director and has spent a lifetime mentoring and motivating thousands of kids through athletics, the spirit of competition, and sportsmanship.
National Prisoner of War Remembrance Ceremony
Dr. Greer spoke at the National POW Remembrance Ceremony to honor our servicemen and women who have been held captive and whose remains are still unaccounted for. He called upon the President to continue the efforts to fully account for each missing service member.
Georgia Federation of Woman's Clubs
Dr. Greer spoke at the annual Georgia Federation of Woman's Clubs conference in Macon, GA. Rumor has it that after his speech, there wasn't a dry-eye in the room filled with 400 professional women.
The Greer Foundation received a $100 donation from an anonymous donor. THANK YOU!
Ground Zero Mosque: Sinister Attempt or Religious Tolerance?
After months of sitting on the sidelines while Americans grow increasingly disturbed by the proposed Ground Zero Mosque (GZM), President Barack Obama now says Muslims have the right to build a mega-mosque near ground zero in New York. Read More
Cadet Tyshawnda Facsion from Dodge County High School in Eastman, GA was presented the Tomahawk Medal for superior performance and exceptional leadership as a member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. She competed on the Raider Team, Drill Team, and turned in an exceptional performance at the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Fort Benning, GA.
3-71 Cavalry Squadron Military Ball
Dr. Greer and his wife Jennifer were the guests of honor at the 3-71 Cavalry Squadron Military Ball at Fort Drum, NY. Dr. Greer praised the troops and their spouses for their dedication to a noble cause and willingness to enter harms way to preserve our freedoms. The unit was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan under the command of LTC Dan Goldthorpe. Dr. Greer and LTC Goldthorpe served together in the 10th Mountain Division (LI). Dr. Greer was presented with the U.S. Cavalry Spur Award for his service to men and women in uniform.
Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award
As young singers and entertainers, Ariel, Zoey, & Eli Too from Michigan are in a class by themselves. This magnificent trio received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award following their Tribute to the Troops show at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA.
Irregular Warfare Education: Winning the Long War
Undoubtedly, warfare has never been a static endeavor. One can see throughout history the changing landscape of the battlefield, and how technological advances have served as catalysts that caused shifts in the paradigm of warfare, both as a science and an art. Read More
Guantanamo Closing: What's the Plan?
In his latest address to the nation, President Barack Obama announced the extension of his self-imposed deadline for closing Guantanamo Bay. It appears that the President needs at least another six months before his team of "experts" can craft a plan for dealing with the remaining detainees. Picture - Dr. Greer arrives at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Read More
Hailing the Troops by Jamie Glazov
Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Professor Steve Greer, an associate professor at American Military University who teaches Global Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. Read More
Dr. Greer spoke to Army ROTC cadets at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His presentation focused on the unique relationship between Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants and recommendations for building an effective platoon level command climate.
Medical Relief to Haiti
Dr. Greer and Andy Messing of the National Defense Council Foundation, hand carried several containers of emergency medicine and supplies to Sisters of Charity Orphanage inside bandit controlled slums of Port Au Prince. They also met with medical doctors and former cabinet members of President Aristide.
College of William & Mary
Dr. Greer spoke to Army ROTC cadets at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. His presentation focused on his experiences at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. He provided a detailed overview of the many camps, facilities, living conditions, and personalities at the detention center.
Christopher Newport University
Dr. Greer conducted a leadership round-table session with the Corps of Cadets at Christopher Newport University. His presentation centered around the US Army Leadership Field Manual using vignettes from his 20 years of service.
United Warrior Survivor Foundation Golf Benefit
Dr. Greer was the guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Friends of Frogs Golf Benefit and Dinner hosted by the United Warrior Survivor Foundation in San Diego, CA. He gave a passionate presentation about the current war on terrorism and thanked the many spouses who were in attendance who have lost loved ones since 9/11.
Fighting Islamic Radicalism: A Tough Fight Indeed
Have you have ever wondered who the terrorists are that we´ve been at war with since September 11, 2001? Since 9/11 two branches of violent Islamic radicalism have emerged: heterodox Salafi-Takfiri groups within the Sunni Muslim community and "Khomeinist" Shiite groups. Read More
Cadet Juan Asprea, an Army JROTC Cadet from Plantation, FL received the Tomahawk Medal for outstanding leadership, courage, and motivation as a Battalion Staff officer.
University of Portland ROTC Ball
Dr. Greer spoke at the University of Portland Army ROTC Military Ball in Portland, OR. He thanked the cadets for their willingness to join the ROTC program and encouraged them to serve a grateful nation with distinction, courage, and loyalty.
"War with Al Qaeda" Not to be confused with the war on terrorism!
According to the President´s Homeland Security Czar, war as we knew it has changed. No longer are we fighting terrorism; we are now solely at "war with al Qaeda" and its violent extremist allies. Read More
Wounded Warrior Golf Benefit
The Greer Foundation sponsored 10 wounded warriors to participate in a day of golf and recreation. Dr. Greer escorted warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC to Sewickley, PA for the first annual Friends of the Wounded Warrior Project Golf Benefit. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL with additional offices in Washington, DC. WWP was founded in Roanoke, VA by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the wounded service men and women of this generation. The wounded warriors were being honored by the great people of Pennsylvania at the Diamond Run Golf Club. Dr. Greer presented Tomahawk Medals to wounded warriors Scott West and Jeremy Feldbush who were severely wounded serving in Iraq.
Bridging the Gap between Education and the Battlefield: An Irregular Warfare Imperative
The United States is engaged in an irregular war and will be well into the foreseeable future. The military must find professional learning opportunities to educate war-fighters while they fight. Read More
Northeastern University ROTC Awards Ceremony
Dr. Greer spoke at the Northeastern University ROTC awards ceremony in Boston, MA. He congratulated the many award winners and reminded them all of the grave challenges our nation faces in its fight against global terrorism.
No Thanks! Keep KSM at Gitmo...
In yet another twist that defies logic, President Obama has announced that he intends to bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the driving force behind the 9/11 attacks, and his co-conspirators to Alexandria, Virginia for trial. Read More
US Marine Corps University
Dr. Greer lectured at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. His presentation on the War on Terror and the challenges we face in fighting a global insurgency was heard by more than 100 students and faculty. He thanked everyone in attendance for their dedication to preserving freedom and willingness to enter into harms way during a very difficult period in American history.
Two Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets from Waimea High School in Hawaii received the "Chief" Carlson Tomahawk Medal for outstanding leadership, dedication, and motivation. Both cadets were recommended by their Senior Army Instructor, MAJ Victor Aguilar.
Dr. Greer escorted 15 wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC to beautiful Chesapeake Bay, MD for a day long fishing adventure. Wounded Warriors were joined by several family members for an exciting and "hot" day of fun and relaxation.
Leadership Delegation to Israel
Dr. Greer participated in a Leadership Delegation to Israel sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League. During his visit, he met with senior political and military leaders as well as families of Israeli's killed by terrorists. AIFL works to strengthen the ties between the people of the United States and Israel; bridging distances to reveal the beauty, the humanity and the modern democratic values that define both nations.
Open Letter To Congress
Dr. Greer was a signatory to an open letter to Congress requesting that no provision of the Patriot Act be allowed to expire and the temporary provisions be made permanent. Since its nearly unanimous passage in October 2001, the Patriot Act has played a key-and often the leading-role in successful operations to thwart terrorists dedicated to destroying America and our culture. The letter was drafted by the Coalition for Security, Liberty and the Law. Read More