10 05, 2020

Celebrating Eight Years of Supporting the MARSOC Community

2020-05-11T01:31:24+00:00May 10th, 2020|

On May 11, 2012, the MARSOC Foundation hosted its commissioning ceremony to formally announce its inception and launch.  I have had the honor of witnessing first-hand the Foundation’s expansion, success, and impact over the past eight years, and have met some truly wonderful and amazing people along the way.  Out of curiosity and a [...]

24 04, 2020

4th Annual Rucking for Raiders Memorial March Goes Virtual

2020-04-24T20:17:20+00:00April 24th, 2020|

In Navarre, Florida, The Black Hawk Memorial pays tribute to the seven Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Raiders and four members of the Louisiana National Guard who were killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise on March 10, 2015. “They’re not just names, they’re families,” said Daniel Campbell, Second Lieutenant, [...]

30 03, 2020

Working Together to Support Marine Special Operators transitioning from Active Duty Service

2020-03-30T22:54:27+00:00March 30th, 2020|

The Marine Raider Foundation is one of the largest supporters of The Honor Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides a world-class transition institute for U.S. Special Operations Forces to help them navigate the transition from military to civilian life and careers. Together, they were able to successfully build a third campus for transitioning Marine [...]

21 02, 2020

The Bloody Ridge Race Team Competes for a Cause

2020-02-21T23:24:15+00:00February 21st, 2020|

The first-ever Mint 400 Military Challenge is bringing together the military community to connect, compete, and raise awareness and funds for charities. “Who wouldn’t want to race an off-road vehicle to bring awareness to the special operations community, to veterans, and to active-duty service members,” said former Marine Raider Master Gunnery Sergeant Matt Curran. [...]

16 01, 2020

NBC’s Kathryn Tappen’s Dedication to Preserve a Legacy

2020-01-16T18:05:20+00:00January 16th, 2020|

For Kathryn Tappen, her commitment as a board member to the Marine Raider Foundation is personal. It’s about honoring the life of her cousin Capt. Stanford “Ford” H. Shaw III, who was killed in a helicopter crash along with six other MARSOC Raiders and four members of the Louisiana National Guard. “He was a [...]

31 05, 2017

The Raider 7 and Stories from the Flynn & Kemp Families

2017-07-03T19:35:31+00:00May 31st, 2017|

Jenna Kemp and Destiny Flynn's husbands were among the seven brave Marine Raiders tragically lost in a helicopter crash during a training exercise near Eglin, Florida on March 10, 2015. Jenna and Destiny recently joined the Marine Raider Foundation as Ambassadors and have graciously offered to share their stories so that we may all have [...]

31 05, 2017

Legacy of Cpl. David M. Sonka and K-9 Live On Through His Family

2017-07-03T19:32:49+00:00May 31st, 2017|

When the Sonka family learned that their son, Cpl. David M. Sonka and his K-9 Flex were killed in action on May 4, 2013 (, they had to travel between their Colorado home and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to handle all details. With the help of the Marine Raider Foundation, a Marine Raider [...]

31 05, 2017

The Story of Capt. Derek Herrera, USMC (Ret.)

2017-07-03T19:34:14+00:00May 31st, 2017|

While leading his team on patrol in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2012, former MARSOC Officer Captain Derek Herrera, was shot in the spine and instantly paralyzed. When he returned to the U.S., Derek spent six months in rehabilitation at a Veteran’s hospital in Florida. He and his wife, Maura, then moved back [...]

31 05, 2017

Mission Ready: Marine Raider to Successful Entrepreneur

2017-07-03T19:33:21+00:00May 31st, 2017|

A native of Swansboro, North Carolina, former Staff Sergeant Derek Questell served in the Marine Corps from October 2005 to January 2016, deploying four times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Derek also spearheaded special operations training between the United States and Indonesian Military forces. After ending active duty, he relocated [...]