Trust Your Wingman

| Posted By: Jake Taylor-Hill
Trust Your Wingman

Let’s paint a picture. I’ll supply the imagery in words; you, the imagination. Weather: a moderate 75 degrees, sunny skies, spotted with small clouds providing sporadic relief from the rays, a 20 percent chance of precipitation that never develops but brings out the wildlife, and warm, calm, crystal clear, glassy water. Now take all of that and store it away as what was envisioned by... Read More »

A Note From Our Chief Operating Officer

| Posted By: Ken Harbaugh
A Note From Our Chief Operating Officer

It’s been one hell of a year, and since last week marked my anniversary at Team Rubicon, I thought I’d share a few reflections on how far we’ve come. When Will McNulty and Jake Wood first approached me about joining TR 18 months ago, there were seven full-time staff members and fewer than 1,000 volunteers. The notion of becoming a truly professionalized disaster relief organization... Read More »

First Aid Gone Wildnerness

| Posted By: Olivia Epps
First Aid Gone Wildnerness

I was recently afforded the opportunity of participating in a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course sponsored by Region 8. As a lowly civilian, I’ve made it through a quarter-century without learning any significant first aid, aside from a one-credit CPR course in college. By the end of the weekend, I was not only in awe of my peers’ knowledge and experience, but I felt I was... Read More »

Blue Screen of Death Won’t Halt Our Progress

| Posted By: Patrick Ross III
Blue Screen of Death Won’t Halt Our Progress

The other day I had an encouraging conversation over the phone (who knew that cell phones could still function as telephones?) with one of our regional leaders. She shared how even when she dedicates in excess of 40 hours a week to Team Rubicon, there is still more work to be done. She bragged about how squared away her regional team is and how if... Read More »

At Stuart’s Service

| Posted By: Raymond Cheung
At Stuart’s Service

There were no chainsaws or hard hats and just one scoop shovel involved, but Team Rubicon members rocked a service project for a Vietnam-era veteran in Venice, CA on Sunday afternoon. That veteran, Stuart Sarbone, served in the United States Army Quartermaster Corps and received an Army commendation for how he “revolutionized the way the Quartermaster Corps sorts and orders” according to long-time friend and... Read More »

I’m a Veteran and Civilians are My Friends

| Posted By: Pam Gieselman
I’m a Veteran and Civilians are My Friends

As veterans, we take on inherent responsibilities – responsibilities we may not have asked for and yet there they are. Veterans are often held to a higher standard. We’re often admired by the public, expected to carry ourselves differently, maintain our military bearing even when we’ve taken off the uniform, and we aren’t necessarily supposed to talk about our problems or things that make society... Read More »

Four T’s of TR

| Posted By: Erica Chomsky
Four T’s of TR

Team Rubicon is a multi-faceted organization with a dual mission of helping communities affected by disasters and veterans looking for another chance to serve, so it’s no surprise there are truck loads of moving parts that keep this engine running. We broke it down into four, easy-to-digest categories: Tools We’re talkin’ chainsaws, skid-steers, gloves, shovels, safety glasses, etc. We are as effective as our equipment, which is why it’s important we use it... Read More »

Coming Home to Team Rubicon

| Posted By: Brian Scoles
Coming Home to Team Rubicon

This month, we marked the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the America’s centers of democracy and finance. These cowardly acts against the United States launched us into a decade of war and violence. Many of us have become fatigued with the seemingly endless war coverage and hunt for those responsible, and the scenes of soldiers returning home either dead or broken beyond repair.... Read More »

Cuss for Disaster Relief

| Posted By: Jeff More
Cuss for Disaster Relief

“Profanity is the linguistic crutch of the inarticulate motherf***er.” Those were the sage words of my friend, a former Marine armorer, whose words egged me on over the edge when I was waffling back and forth whether or not I was going to do a cuss jar for Lent last year. I’m not even Catholic, but I thought it would be a fun challenge. Five dollars per... Read More »

Remember Today and Serve On

| Posted By: Vince Moffitt
Remember Today and Serve On

The anniversary of 9/11 is always a difficult time for me as it is for most of us. As a patriotic and passionate American, it was a hard blow, but as a firefighter it seemed to strike even harder. I remember that morning well. I was getting off shift at the firehouse and was getting ready to head home. As I walked into the day... Read More »