The recovery from the Gallbladder surgery has been pretty straightforward.  I was told to take it easy and try not to use my abs at all for a month.  In the midst of that I have been getting more and more involved in the transition process as I plan to leave (medically retire) the Military in November.

I recently signed a contract to run a small functional beverage company called RuckPack.  I had been working for them as a consultant for a few months and then interviewed to become the CEO and it all worked out.  I never saw myself going into the beverage industry, but really wanted the opportunity to run a business and this turned out to be the opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

RuckPack is an incredible company, staffed by other Military Special Operators that I respect and trust.  They first gained notoriety and publicity after appearing on the TV Show ‘Shark Tank’ a couple of years ago.  The founder Rob Dyer has become a close friend of mine and I am really looking forward to working with him and the crew.  Leading RuckPack will allow me to build a team with people that I trust and respect.  To this end I am looking to hire Veterans because I really believe in the values and intangible qualities that Veterans can bring to the business environment.  If you know anyone who is interested in filling any of the positions listed on our website please let me know.

Still too fat to fight Mission Readiness organization reportRuckPack’s mission also resonates with me.  We provide healthy alternatives to existing products in the functional beverage industry.  With the rise in childhood/adult obesity and declining health nationwide, we are happy to provide alternatives to the existing choices that Americans are consuming.  In fact, I can recall a study that was done years ago that mentioned obesity as one of the next large threats to national security.  In a recent study by Mission: Readinessthey estimate that 1 in 4 Males of age for military service are unable to join because of their body mass index and, when coupled with other disqualifying factors, 3 in 4 are unable to join the service.  The latest data is equally discouraging and shows little or no improvement across the country.

I spent a week as a teaching assistant for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans at UCLA.  This course was designed to teach Veterans the basic skills required to start and run their own businesses.  It was a lot of fun working with the students and I found the course to be particularly useful because it focused on the lowest level tactical operations of entrepreneurship.  Often, it is easy to delve into the nuances of large businesses and we often discuss large organizations like Facebook and Amazon, but is important to remember that there are thousands of people out there working hard to operate a successful small business.  I can’t say enough good things about this program.