A Veteran’s Daughter

| Posted By: Jill Alward
A Veteran’s Daughter

I am not a veteran but a veteran’s daughter – a title I did not give much consideration before becoming a member of Team Rubicon. I knew my dad (I still call him “daddy”) served in the Air Force during Vietnam and that he eventually retired from the Army National Guard, but I didn’t really know what his service meant to him and, in turn, should have meant to... Read More »

Dan’s Gift

| Posted By: Kirk Jackson
Dan’s Gift

Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II died shielding his daughter from debris as a tornado ripped apart his home. That’s all we knew as we walked up to the property in Vilonia, AR. This man was another tragic casualty from the indiscriminate storm that ripped through central Arkansas on April 27. But also being a father of two, Dan’s sacrifice resonated very deeply with me.... Read More »

Sense of Purpose Renewed

| Posted By: Amanda Burke
Sense of Purpose Renewed

Team Rubicon drew me in for the same reasons most of our members decided to join the organization – we were all looking for a sense of purpose and community replicable to what we experienced in the service. The big difference for me is that while a majority of our members were searching for ways to heal their wounds from war, I was looking for... Read More »

Finding the Trifecta

| Posted By: Jennifer Tiffany
Finding the Trifecta

Volunteering is a duality of service. When we serve others, we serve ourselves. I’ve volunteered throughout my adult life and for multiple organizations. Today was a little different. As a volunteer for Team Red, White & Blue and Team Rubicon’s Paint the Town in Boise, Idaho, I discovered another element of volunteering. Projects like Paint the Town bring the element of serving others and serving oneself. Furthermore, Team RWB... Read More »

Worth the Fight

| Posted By: Alex Tievy
Worth the Fight

I received an email through Team Rubicon detailing a service project to help a woman living in Hemet, CA. She was the mother-in-law to three Marines and suffering from a rare form of cancer. She needed help refurbishing her home prior to its impending sale and her inevitable move to a treatment facility. When I arrived, I met Kendra, a Marine veteran and our team... Read More »

Foregoing Birthdays to Fundraise

| Posted By: Matt Scott
Foregoing Birthdays to Fundraise

In early November 2013, the Dimson family was busy planning a celebration for two milestone birthdays for cousins Ciro and Jacene. Those plans quickly shifted when Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, the homeland and roots of their family heritage. Impacted by the devastation, Ciro swapped out his birthday brunch plans. In a reply to the family’s group email, he wrote: One of the few... Read More »

A Day Well Spent

| Posted By: Brian Harlow
A Day Well Spent

Over Memorial Day weekend, Region 2 launched an operational exercise in response to a tornado that tore through Duanesburg, NY. Three members from Region 1 dropped everything to lend a hand, including volunteer Brian Harlow who shared his thoughts following his first deployment with Team Rubicon.  I was at a family wedding Sunday early evening when an email came in asking for volunteers to spend the holiday... Read More »

Leaders Go Hungry: 10 Leadership Habits Developed in Uniform

If two privates are walking side-by-side, one takes the lead. Military leadership starts the day you take your oath. Below are ten habits developed within months, or even days, of putting on a uniform. These qualities are constantly refined through stress, responsibility, and austere environments; extreme experiences that test and develop military leaders, making these powerful, long-lasting habits. On a Team Rubicon operation you’ll see... Read More »

Anchor to Hope

| Posted By: Nicole Green
Anchor to Hope

This year, I do not forget. In St. Petersburg, Russia, I walked the embarcadero tracing my grandfather’s steps. Nikolai Vasilevksy, Soviet Naval Academy graduate. The villager placed in the top of his class during mathematics entry exams and spent his first week peeling potatoes. WWII veteran, prisoner of war, and sole ship survivor except for his radioman. My namesake. He was so proud when I... Read More »

This Memorial Day

| Posted By: Mike Lee
This Memorial Day

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