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Joel Stevens, Mike Kozeliski, Jimmy Campbell, Mark Puhaly.

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Mark J Puhaly

Mark graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in biochemistry and completed graduate work in international commerce and policy at George Mason University in the Washington DC metro area. Mark is a former Marine recon team leader, Marine officer instructor at The Basic School and Marine infantry officer. He is an avid outdoor adventurist and survivalist. Mark has lived and traveled all over the world with the Marine Corps. He has raced multiple marathons and triathlons. He is currently training for his first ultra-marathon and next Ironman triathlon competition. Mark coaches triathletes, swimmers, and crossfit athletes. When Mark is not working or coaching he is preparing for his next endurance race or spending time with his family.

Michael Kozeliski

Michael is originally from New Mexico and graduated with a B.S. in civil engineering with minors in mathematics, economics, business management and environmental waste management. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Michael decided to leave his presidentially-appointed position at the US Department of Interior in Washington, DC to enter Officer Candidate School in the United States Marine Corps.

In September of 2004, Michael deployed as a rifle platoon commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served seven months in the Iraqi. In December 2005, Michael volunteered to deploy back to Iraq as a part of Military Transition Team (MiTT) as embedded military adviser. In 2006, Michael was one of 15 Marines living, sleeping, eating, and fighting alongside an infantry battalion of the Iraqi Army conducting over 200 combat foot patrols. Michael has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he sustained in an ambush that year.

James "Jimmy" Campbell

Jim was an infantry marine in the USMC and USMCR for six years until he was honorably discharged for a disabling injury would keep him performing his duties further. Never before an outdoorsman, Jim began a life learning about and working towards self sufficiency using old world practices. After seeing the collapse of structure security after 9/11 and Katrina, combined with the the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Jim decided to get prepared as best as he could to take care of his new family and himself for what may lie ahead. Jim has stockpiled years of food, water, ammunition, and is developing a survival network in his community in order to ensure the survival of his family. His goal is a community that will thrive in any economic collapse, power grid failure, nuclear fallout, or some other catastrophe that will require people to fend for themselves when the structure falls again. 

 Jim currently has locations east of the Appalachians and west of the Rockies with multiple stations built for the traditional "wait it out" method for short term threats, but he also has bug-out strategies in place as a contingency for long term self sustained living for up to a year. Jim also trains in self defense, tactical shooting course, physical training courses, and accumulates books on old world native American living, old and modern world medicine and dentistry, as well as modern day survival tactics.

Joel Stevens

Joel has been thinking about TEOTWAWKI long before R.E.M penned the song "The End of The World as We Know It." Joel grew up in the Midwest where his father and grandfather always preached to him about self reliance and being able to live off the land. Joel stayed in the Midwest for college where he was a Division I swimmer and school record holder.

After college, Joel joined the US Marine Corps where he served as a Marine Infantry Officer. Joel is an avid outdoorsman and spends much of his free time in the mountains hunting, hiking, and mountain biking or near the ocean scuba diving and sailing. Joel's hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping for survival situations. Joel also has an interest in bug out vehicles that don't require fossil fuels, such as sail boats and mountain bikes.