Sgt. 1st Class Robert C. Shoup
Sgt. 1st Class Robert C. Shoup is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a Capabilities Development NCO.
He was born September 06, 1981 in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from St. Michael-Albertville High School in 2001, Shoup joined the Army from St. Michael, Minnesota.
After completion of One Station Unit Training, the Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program all at Fort Benning, Ga., Shoup was assigned to Company B, 3d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga. He has served as a Machine Gunner, Machine Gunner Team Leader, Team Leader, Sniper, Sniper Squad Leader, and Squad Leader.
Shoup has conducted 12 combat rotations(totaling 51 months deployed) in support of the War on Terror. He has served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Course, U.S. Army Ranger Course, Combat Life Savers Course, Combatives Level 1, Jumpmaster Course, Warrior Leader Course, Sniper School, Advanced Leader Course, and Senior Leader Course.
His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Parachutists Badge. He has also been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal for Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Shoup and his wife Samantha have two children, Landon and Connor.
GySgt Shawn Patrick
GySgt Shawn Patrick was born in Lincolnton, NC, a small town in western NC. Shawn graduated high school in 1992, joined the Marine Corps, and entered to boot camp at Parris Island in November of that year.
During his time in the Marine Corps Shawn has served in the infantry, reconnaissance community, and Marine Special Operations Command. He has completed numerous deployments, including one to Iraq and four to Afghanistan.
Shawn is married and expecting a daughter, his first child, at the end of July.
SSgt Erik Heffington
SSgt Heffington was born and raised in Browns Valley California and has been an avid outdoorsmen all his life. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 1st of 2003 at the age of 20. After boot camp he attended the Recon Indoctrination Platoon and was assigned to 2D Force Reconnaissance Company in Camp Lejeune North Carolina.
While at 2D Force Recon SSgt Heffington attended the Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC), US Army Airborne School, Marine Corps Combatant Dive School, US Army Ranger School, Military Free Fall School and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). In October 2006 SSgt Heffington was assigned to 2D Marine Special Operations Battalion (2D MSOB) in Camp Lejeune North Carolina where he deployed 3 times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).
SSgt Heffington has served over 26 months in a combat zone. His decorations include Navy and Marine Corps gold Parachutist wings, Marine Corps Combat Dive Bubble, Combat Action ribbon with gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals with Combat V device for Valor. SSgt Heffington is currently serving in 2D Marine Special Operations Battalion in Camp Lejeune North Carolina; he serves as the operations chief for the Battalion training cell.
In 2004, SSgt Heffington married the former Amy Hoxworth. They have a son (Wyatt) age 6 and a daughter (Charlotte) age 3.
GySgt Justin Potter
GySgt Justin Potter was born in Leesburg VA, a small town in northwestern VA. Shortly after graduating from high school, in 1998, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps, and subsequently participated in Parris Island boot camp during January, 1999.
During his time in the Marine Corps Justin has served in the Reconnaissance community and Marine Special Operations Command. He has completed multiple deployments, including one to Iraq and three to Afghanistan.
Justin is currently married to Keri and they have 2 girls Gracen (5 yrs) and Harper (1 1/2 yrs).
SFC Jonathan Kipp
SFC Jonathan Kipp was born in Va Beach, Virginia and was raised in the Philippines from the age of four until he graduated from high school. He enlisted in the Army and joined the 75th Ranger Regiment in the summer of 2001.
He was initially assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah, GA. During his time in Charlie Company, he served as an Anti-tank Gunner, 240B Machine Gunner, Squad Automatic Rifleman, Team Leader, Squad Leader, and HQ Platoon Sergeant, deploying 9 times – five times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
SFC Kipp’s decorations include Senior parachutist Wings, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Ranger Tab. SFC Kipp has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, and the Joint Commendation Medal.
SFC Kipp is currently serving as cadre of the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program (RASP 2), Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Ft. Benning, GA.
He is married to the former Kelly Fern. They have been married for 8 years and have three children, Kaley (age 4), Joshua (age 2) and Taylor (age 4 mo.).
NYC Firefighter (retired) Warren Forsyth
Warren Forsyth, 52, is a retired New York City Fire Fighter. Born and raised in
Staten Island New York, Warren joined the FDNY at 21. He worked at Rescue
Company 1, located in Midtown Manhattan. Warren worked countless hours at the
’93 and ’01 World Trade Center attacks as well as many Manhattan fires in his
20+ years of fire fighting. In his retired life, Warren enjoys fishing in the
Florida Keys, hunting in the mountains and motorcycling around America.
The event will begin with a welcome motorcade and Barbecue on Thursday August 23rd, 2012. Several organizations have joined forces to support this event – The Purple Heart Outdoor Tour, The Mule Deer Foundation, The Warrior Watch Riders, The California Outdoor Heritage Association, Cal Waterfowl, The California Deer Association, The Livermore Pleasanton Rod and Gun Club, Field of Dreams and Safari Club International to name a few.
Hunting has been donated and it will take place on local ranches including the Rao Ranch, Fields Ranch, Banke Ranch, N3 Cattle Co., Marciel Ranch, Holm Ranch, Walker Ranch and Koopman Ranch.
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