Fred Wellman brings communications and outreach expertise to efforts commemorating the 1991 liberation of Kuwait and honoring the servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice
Jan 6, 2016, Fredericksburg, VA – Before his three deployments as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, before he advised some of the best known generals of a generation, before Harvard, and before he founded leading public relations firm ScoutComms, 1st Lieutenant Fred Wellman was a scout helicopter platoon leader headed to war for the first time in 1990. Along with 600,000 other U.S. service members, Wellman was part of an unprecedented coalition of militaries committed to liberating the people of Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s invading army. In the course of victory over tyranny, over four hundred U.S. and coalition servicemembers made the ultimate sacrifice. Today, Wellman joins the Board of Directors of the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association in order to honor the men with whom he served and highlight how the legacy of Desert Storm lives on.
“We are thrilled that Fred Wellman has joined our Board of Directors and is providing a full suite of services from ScoutComms on a pro bono basis,” said Scott Stump, President, CEO and Founder of the National Desert Storm Veterans War Memorial Association. “With ScoutComms and Wellman enlisted, we are in a stronger position than ever to make this memorial to the veterans and fallen of Desert Storm a reality.”
In 2014, legislation authorizing the construction of a Desert Storm memorial was signed into law. Today, the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association works to ensure an appropriate monument to the sacrifices and successes is built for veterans and patriots alike to enjoy.
“Recognizing those that served in Desert Storm is a very personal cause to me after serving as a young Aeroscout Platoon Leader with the 24th Infantry Division during the conflict,” said Fred Wellman, CEO of ScoutComms. “Two great men lost their lives under my command and I believe it’s important to their memory, their families, and the key place Desert Storm occupies in American history to help build this permanent monument to their sacrifice.”
Wellman brings his extensive experience in project management, strategic communications, coalition building, and outreach to the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association. Wellman retired from the Army with 22 years in the service. He is a graduate of West Point and Harvard, a veteran of both Desert Storm and three tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and founder of ScoutComms – the nation’s premier communications, advocacy, and philanthropic strategy firm focused on supporting veterans and military families. Supporting this effort falls in line with the firm’s certified Benefit Corporation mission focus on advocating for veterans and military families while empowering those who support them. In 2016, the world will mark the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association will focus on raising awareness and support for the construction of the memorial. The Congressional approval moves the effort into the critical phase of selecting a site in the Washington D.C. area and raising the funds required to build the monument. NDSWM has set a goal of raising $25 million in the 25th anniversary year.
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL DESERT STORM WAR MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION:
The National Desert Storm War Memorial Association is a 501(c)3 organization with the sole mission of constructing a Desert Storm War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The association is led by a board of directors comprised of Desert Storm Veterans from all branches of the military and from across the country. You can learn more about the effort and donate to this important cause at www.ndswm.org.