WA­TER­FOWL

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As­sis­tant Chief of Staff, Oper­a­tions. Ar­riv­ing in the Repub­lic of Panama in July 1985, he served as the Chief, Plans Di­vi­sion, U.S South­ern Com­mand, un­til or­dered to the Na­tional War Col­lege, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. in Au­gust 1987. He was pro­moted to Colonel in July 1988.

In Novem­ber 1988, he was as­signed to duty as Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of MAG-39 and Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of MAG-50, the Avi­a­tion Com­bat El­e­ment of the 5th Marine Ex­pe­di­tionary Bri­gade (5th MEB).

In Oc­to­ber 1990, he was as­signed duty as the Spe­cial As­sis­tant, As­sis­tant Deputy Un­der Sec­re­tary (Re­source and Plans) in the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of De­fense. He was pro­moted to Bri­gadier Gen­eral in June 1991 and was as­signed as the Com­mand­ing Gen­eral, 1st Marine Ex­pe­di­tionary Bri­gade (1st MEB), MCAS Ka­neohe Bay, Hawaii, in July 1991. In July 1993, he was as­signed as the Deputy Com­man­der, Fleet Marine Forces Pa­cific, Camp Smith, Hawaii, where he served un­til his re­tire­ment in 1994.

Upon his re­tire­ment Gen­eral Kuhn hired by Cincin­nati Mi­lacron, Cincin­nati, OH, to lead a process re-en­gi­neer­ing team for their Ma­chine Tool Group; even­tu­ally, he was given re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the Group’s pro­cure­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing.

He and his wife live to Sum­mersville, WV, where he has been ac­tive in help­ing lo­cal veter­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions fo­cus their col­lec­tive ef­forts and im­prove the lives of lo­cal veter­ans and their fam­i­lies. Bri­gadier Gen­eral Kuhn is spon­sored by Gale Heaivilin. Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Justin Legg Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Justin Legg is a grad­u­ate of the U.S. Naval Academy in May of 2000 with a B.S. in Sys­tems En­gi­neer­ing. Upon grad­u­a­tion, he was com­mis­sioned as an En­sign in the United States Navy and re­ported to Ba­sic Un­der­wa­ter De­mo­li­tion / SEAL Train­ing (BUD/S) in Coron­ado, Cal­i­for­nia. He grad­u­ated BUD/S as a mem­ber of Class 234 with the en­tire train­ing reg­i­men cap­tured on the doc­u­men­tary “Navy SEALs: BUD/S Class 234” pro­duced by the Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel. Justin’s first as­sign­ment was to SEAL Team SEVEN where he is a “Plankowner” — one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the team when it was com­mis­sioned. Justin de­ployed twice to the Mid­dle East dur­ing his time at SEAL Team SEVEN, in­clud­ing a seven month com­bat tour dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom. Af­ter re­turn­ing from Iraq, he trans­ferred to Spe­cial Boat Team TWENTY-TWO in Mis­sis­sippi, where he ser ved as a Task Unit Com­man­der and the Team Train­ing Of­fi­cer.

In Au­gust of 2005, Justin’s home was flooded and his wed­ding plans re-ar­ranged due to the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina. Nonethe­less, he and his wife Suzanne mar­ried in Jan­uary of 2006, moved back into their home shortly af­ter­ward and re­built it around them. Only 5 months into their mar­riage, Justin was di­ag­nosed with a se­vere form of Leukemia. The next 6 months brought over 50 treat­ments of chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion, and a move to Seat­tle where he re­ceived a bone mar­row trans­plant. Justin re­cov­ered from the im­me­di­ate side-ef­fects of the trans­plant and then moved on to a new as­sign­ment in Vir­ginia Beach in March 2007.

In the two years af­ter the trans­plant Justin de­vel­oped a con­di­tion called Graft Ver­sus Host Dis­ease (GVHD), in which the im­mune sys­tem that de­vel­ops from the donor bone mar­row be­gins at­tack­ing var­i­ous or­gans. While per­form­ing var­i­ous du­ties at Naval Spe­cial War­fare Group FOUR, SEAL Team TWO, and Naval Spe­cial War­fare Devel­op­ment Group, he fought this dis­ease and re­ha­bil­i­tated him­self well enough to be­come an op­er­a­tional SEAL Pla­toon Com­man­der. How­ever, in Fe­bru­ary of 2009, just five months af­ter earn­ing the cov­eted Pla­toon Com­man­der po­si­tion, a se­vere flare-up of the con­di­tion forced LT Legg to re­sign and step down into an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sign­ment in or­der to fight the dis­ease.

In April of 2010, com­pli­ca­tions of a lung biopsy brought on com­plete res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure and put Justin in a coma for two weeks, ig­nit­ing a down­ward spi­ral that led to a dou­ble lung trans­plant in July of 2010. Since then he has com­pleted 3 half-marathons rais­ing over $93,000 for the Leukemia and Lym­phoma So­ci­ety (LLS). He raised $50,000 of that in one sea­son, giv­ing him the honor of nam­ing a LLS re­search grant in mem­ory of his lung donor Jarred McKin­ley Carter. Be­fore know­ing the name of his donor, Justin be­came the first, and still the only, dou­ble lung-trans­plantee in the world to climb De­nali in Alaska, also known as Mt. McKin­ley. Justin fi­nally let the Navy med­i­cally re­tire him in Fe­bru­ary of 2012 as a LCDR af­ter nearly 12 years of ser­vice. Justin fin­ished his Mas­ter’s De­gree in In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions from the Johns Hop­kins School of Ad­vanced In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (SAIS) in Wash­ing­ton D.C. in May 2015. He holds a dual con­cen­tra­tion in En­ergy, Re­sources and the En­vi­ron­ment and also In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomics with a Spe­cial­iza­tion in Quan­ti­ta­tive Meth­ods and Eco­nomic The­ory. Justin now works as a fed­eral real es­tate and re­new­able en­ergy con­trac­tor to the Navy Re­new­able En­ergy Pro­gram Of­fice. His wife and care­giver, Suzanne re­mains his in­spi­ra­tion and source of love and sup­port. They will con­tinue to move for­ward in life tak­ing on all that life presents them and liv­ing each day to the fullest, one breath at a time.

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Legg is spon­sored by the GNWA.

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Hugh L. Mid­dle­ton

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Hugh Mid­dle­ton grad­u­ated from The Ci­tadel with a de­gree in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and has over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Naval Spe­cial Oper­a­tions com­mu­nity and mul­ti­ple civil­ian up­per man­age­ment po­si­tions. He is a for­mer Navy SEAL Lieu­tenant Com­man­der. While in the SEAL Teams, Hugh was as­signed to SEAL Teams One, Three, Five, Six and spent time in var­i­ous over­seas as­sign­ments in­clud­ing a Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Joint Staff. He also worked in sev­eral U.S. Em­bassies and Con­sulates. Upon leav­ing the Navy, he served as Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Train­ing and Di­rec­tor of Mar­itime Oper­a­tions at a large, bil­lion-dol­lar se­cu­rity firm. Fol­low­ing that, he then moved on to another large de­fense com­pany where man­aged a staff of highly skilled in­tel­li­gence an­a­lysts con­duct­ing in­tel­li­gence and data ex­ploita­tion fo­cused on Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vice threat char­ac­ter­i­za­tion.

In Jan­uary 2013, Hugh Co-Founded Kopis Mo­bile. He ser ves as the Chief Cus­tomer Suc­cess and Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer. Kopis Mo­bile de­vel­ops mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions and app-en­abled de­vices for the mil­i­tary, law en­force­ment, and pri­vate se­cu­rity mar­kets.

Hugh re­cently tes­ti­fied in front of the Con­gres­sional Sub­com­mit­tee on Small Busi­ness con­cern­ing the strug­gles of small busi­nesses in ru­ral ar­eas. He played a SEAL in the mo­tion pic­ture Cap­tain Phillips and was in House of Cards Sea­son 4. He has also been a guest host on Trig­ger Time TV and The Fish­er­man’s Guide. Hugh is a 100% Ser­vice Con­nected Dis­abled Vet­eran.

Lieu­tenant Com­man­der Mid­dle­ton spon­sored by the GNWA. is Ad­mi­ral Thomas R. Richards In Novem­ber of 1999, RDML Richards re­tired as Com­man­der of Naval Spe­cial War­fare Com­mand, re­spon­si­ble for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, train­ing and equip­ping of all SEAL Teams Spe­cial Boat Units, and sup­port units pro­vid­ing trained Naval Spe­cial Oper­a­tions’ Forces to all Ge­o­graphic The­ater Com­man­ders, com­mand­ing over five thou­sand per­son­nel with a bud­get in ex­cess of five hun­dred fifty mil­lion dol­lars. Naval Spe­cial War­fare Com­mand was also re­spon­si­ble for shap­ing Naval Spe­cial War­fare to meet cur­rent and fu­ture de­mands, to in­clude de­vel­op­ing Op­er­a­tion Re­quire­ments Doc­u­ments and Mis­sion Needs State­ments form­ing the ba­sis of fu­ture Com­bat Sys­tems.

As com­man­der he re­or­ga­nized de­ploy­ing SEAL Teams and Spe­cial Boat Teams and all sup­port­ing el­e­ments from the an­ti­quated Viet­nam model to a flex­i­ble sys­tem to sup­port the Warfight­ing Ge­o­graphic Com­man­ders in their cam­paigns against Ter­ror­ism and Non State threats to the United States. He also es­tab­lished the Com­bat­ant Crewmem­ber En­listed clas­si­fi­ca­tion to en­sure those crit­i­cal highly skilled small craft op­er­a­tors would re­main in Naval Spe­cial War­fare for an en­tire ca­reer.

His as­sign­ments have in­cluded SEAL Teams, Spe­cial Boat Units, Ac­qui­si­tion Pro­gram Man­age­ment to se­lec­tion to the Chief of Naval Oper­a­tions’ Strate­gic Study Group, a small unit se­lected yearly to con­duct re­search for the Chief of Naval Oper­a­tions.

Com­mand as­sign­ments in­clude Spe­cial Boat Unit Thir­teen, SEAL Team One, the Naval Spe­cial War­fare Cen­ter, Com­man­der Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand, U. S. Com­man­der in Chief At­lantic Com­mand con­clud­ing with com­mand of all Naval Spe­cial War­fare forces in the United States Navy.

Dur­ing his ca­reer he led forces in com­bat oper­a­tions in Viet­nam, El Sal­vador the Per­sian Gulf and Haiti.

He brought all of his pla­toon back from Viet­nam and was the as­sis­tant of­fi­cer in charge of the only suc­cess­ful Pris­oner of War op­er­a­tion in the Viet­nam War, free­ing 24 South Viet­namese pris­on­ers from a North Viet­nam prison com­pound.

As the Deputy Mil­i­tary Ad­vi­sory Group Com­man­der he helped or­ga­nize US ef­forts that led to the first Demo­cratic elec­tion in El Sal­vador.

In Haiti the sta­bil­ity oper­a­tions of the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Task Force con­trib­uted to the re­turn of the elected pres­i­dent af­ter eject­ing the Junta of three rene­gade Gen­er­als.

In the Per­sian Gulf he led tanker es­cort oper­a­tions to pro­tect our ships from Ira­nian ter­ror­ists as well as lead­ing the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions re­sponse to the Ira­nian min­ing of the USS Sa­muel B Roberts.

Fol­low­ing re­tire­ment in 1999, RDML Richards served as a con­sul­tant with SAIC. In this ca­pac­ity he was a pri­mary con­trib­u­tor in devel­op­ment of the ini­tial Naval War­fare Publi­ca­tion and the Naval Tac­tics and Tech­niques and Pro­ce­dures for Anti Ter­ror­ism and Force Pro­tec­tion.

He has also served as a guest lec­turer and course men­tor for the US Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Com­mand at the Air Force Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Univer­sity.

From 1999 through 2002 RDML Richards was a con­sul­tant to STIDD Sys­tems. From 2002-2009: Alu­tiiq Se­cu­rity and Tech­nol­ogy, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Oper­a­tions, Afog­nak Cor­po­ra­tion, man­ag­ing three se­cu­rity di­vi­sions; an­nual rev­enues of $200 mil­lion. In served as Vice Pres­i­dent and Se­nior Mil­i­tar y Ad­vi­sor, Juliet Marine Sys­tems from 2010 to 2016. Ed­u­ca­tion: Bay Shore NY High School, 1969. Vil­lanova Univer­sity, Naval ROTC Schol­ar­ship, Bach­e­lor of Arts and Sciences, 1969, Ba­sic Un­der­wa­ter De­mo­li­tion/ SEAL Train­ing 1970, De­fense In­tel­li­gence School 1974-1975, Chief of Naval Oper­a­tions Strate­gic Stud­ies Group XIII, 1994

Awards in­clude De­fense Su­pe­rior Ser­vice Medal (2), Navy Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Medal, Le­gion of Merit, Bronze Star with Com­bat V (2), Pur­ple Heart, Joint Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser vice Medal, Navy Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal (2). He is a Bay Shore High School Hall of Fame mem­ber.

Vol­un­teer Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Board of Di­rec­tors of the Naval Spe­cial War­fare Foun­da­tion from its in­cep­tion; Chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors in 2010.

Ad­mi­ral Richards is spon­sored GNWA. Al­lyn Robin­son Al­lyn was born and raised in the pan­han­dle of Texas. He re­ceived a B.S. in An­i­mal Sci­ence from Tar­leton State Univer­sity and grad­u­ate stud­ies in Meat Sci­ence at Texas Tech Univer­sity. For 18 years, his fam­ily has resided in north east Colorado where his wife man­ages the lo­cal fam­ily health clinic while he op­er­ates a fer­til­izer ap­pli­ca­tion busi­ness and cater­ing busi­ness. Al­lyn grew up hunt­ing up­land game in the south­ern high plains of Texas. Since liv­ing in Colorado, he has been in­tro­duced to wa­ter­fowl hunt­ing around the South Platte River. He en­joys golf­ing, hunt­ing, work­ing with dogs and finds that the re­la­tion­ships fos­tered in the field are the real tro­phies of the hunt. Al­lyn’s son, in his young adult years, has em­braced be­ing in the field and is a joy to hunt with. His grand­son con­tin­ues to show in­ter­est and will soon be tak­ing his hunter safety course. Those two things, Al­lyn finds as trea­sures. Al­lyn is spon­sored by Allen Strong. Dick Te­bay Dick was born in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton in 1945. Through­out his child­hood years, he lived in Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin, Ohio, Penn­syl­va­nia, and fi­nally Con­necti­cut where he at­tended high school. He re­ceived an ap­point­ment to the US Air Force Academy grad­u­at­ing in 1967. He met his wife Jean while at the Academy. They have been mar­ried 49 years and have 3 chil­dren and 6 grand­chil­dren.

Dick served for 30 years in the US Air Force, and re­tired as a Colonel in 1997. His last as­sign­ment was at Kirt­land AFB in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, where he cur­rently re­sides. Af­ter re­tire­ment from the Air Force, he worked for Honey­well De­fense Avion­ics in Al­bu­querque for 12 more years.

While in the Air Force, he was a pi­lot, and served in that ca­pac­ity for 15 years of his ca­reer. He flew 170 com­bat mis­sions in Viet­nam in 1969 and 1972 in UC-123 and B-52 air­craft. The last half of his Air Force ca­reer was in the ac­qui­si­tion ca­reer field, re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing R&D as well as pro­duc­tion pro­grams for the Air Force. These pro­grams dealt with flight sim­u­la­tors, bomber weapons launch­ers, and fi­nally high en­ergy air­borne lasers. Dur­ing his sub­se­quent 12 years at Honey­well, he was Pro­gram Di­rec­tor for fighter avion­ics pro­grams (mis­sion com­put­ers/cock­pit dis­plays) for both the Air Force F-15 and Navy F-18 fight­ers.

Dick has been a sports­man all of his life, en­joy­ing hunt­ing, fish­ing, and camp­ing. The sport he most en­joys is fly fish­ing, hav­ing been for­tu­nate enough to pur­sue that sport in New Zealand, Patag­o­nia, and Alaska, as well as many lo­ca­tions across the USA. His hunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is mostly with small game and up­land game birds, but he now also en­joys duck and goose hunt­ing.

Dick is spon­sored by John Jack­son. by the

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