APRIL 23 & 24, 2015
Brought to you by E&B Natural Resources Management
the 2nd annual
caring for the families
of the fallen
TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.
Average number of
week in 2013
Calls to the Military
from 1994 - 2013
Number of hand
cards sent in the
mail to survivors in 2013
To Learn more about T.A.P.S please visit there website at www.taps.org.
DATE: May 2, 2014
We would like to thank all of our supporters and sponsors for making the inaugural Red, White and Blue Gala a huge success in 2014. Together we were able to raise over $100K for TAPS, a much needed nonprofit that assists our military and armed forces communities. The evening’s guest speakers, Cdr. Rorke Denver and Bonnie Carroll, President of TAPS gave us insight to the efforts and assistance TAPS provides as well as motivation to help them reach more families in need.
Past GUEST SPEAKER
LCDR Rorke T. Denver
By Rorke T. Denver
LCDR Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His first book, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.
After completing the SEALs’ legendary Basic Underwater Demolition program in 1999 (BUD/S Class 224), Denver began an action-filled 13-year career as a platoon commander and training leader with America’s premier special-operations force. As assistant officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon at SEAL Team THREE, he was deployed to SOUTCOM, the Central and South American Area of Operations, where his platoon was the “alert” SEAL team for maritime interdiction, hostage rescue, counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics. As SEAL officer aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, Denver led his group’s response to a murderous uprising in the Ivory Coast nation of Liberia, launching advanced-force operations, conducting hydrographic beach reconnaissance and helping to get U.S. Marines safely ashore. At Special Boat Team TWELVE, he started the Maritime Capable Air Deployable Boat Detachment, which specialized in parachuting large assault boats from U.S. aircraft.
In 2006, Denver was officer in charge of BRAVO Platoon of SEAL Team THREE in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province in one of the most combat-heavy deployments of any regular SEAL team since Vietnam. Stationed in Habbaniya, his team conducted more than 190 missions including sniper operations, direct assaults, special reconnaissance and ground patrols. Two of his teammates were killed in action, including Mike Monsoor, who received the Medal of Honor for jumping on a live grenade to save his teammates. Denver’s team has been widely credited with propelling the “Tribal Awakening” that helped to neutralize Iraq’s Shia insurgency. Denver was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valorous action in combat.
After returning to the United States, Denver was appointed flag lieutenant to Admiral Joseph Maguire, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare, traveling to Afghanistan and briefing Congress on SEAL operations. In 2009, he became First Phase officer of SEAL Basic Training including Hell Week, then rose to Basic Training officer. He went on to run all phases of training including advanced sniper, hand-to-hand fighting, communications, diving and language.
Denver is an honor graduate of the United States Army Ranger School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He earned a Master’s Degree in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in San Diego, California. In his off-duty hours, he enjoys surfing, hunting, fly-fishing, reading and playing on the living-room floor with his amazing girls.
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We would like to thank all of our supporters and sponsors for making the inaugural Red, White and Blue Gala a huge success in 2014. Together we were able to raise over $60 thousand for TAPS, a much needed nonprofit that assists our military and armed forces communities. Very rarely do we see Kern County’s military all rally for one cause. Thank you!
We will be updating this section from pictures of the day of the event so check back soon or continue to follow us on face book for announcements.
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