Former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens and Iraq Veteran Entrepreneur Fred Wellman join leadership group to guide effort to build national memorial
Jan 11, 2017, Washington, DC – The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation (GWOTMF), a nonprofit organization working to establish a memorial in Washington DC recognizing veterans and fallen service members who supported our nation’s longest war, is proud to announce two new members to its board of advisors. Mike Stevens, former Master Chief Petty Officer of The Navy and Fred Wellman, an Iraq War veteran and entrepreneur, will help the foundation continue to grow and achieve its long and short-term goals.
The Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation was founded by a group of veterans who served during the Global War on Terror, and is run by an all-volunteer team. GWOTMF believes that fallen service members from the Global War on Terror deserve a place among the war memorials from past generations on the National Mall. To build the memorial, the organization must work to change federal legislation that prohibits a war memorial at the National Mall until 10 years after the war has ended.
“We are excited that Mike Stevens and Fred Wellman have joined our Board of Advisors as we gear up for the important milestones we face in 2017,” said Andrew Brennan, CEO and Founder of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. “With Mike and Fred on our team, I am confident that we will make this memorial a reality in Washington, DC to our Global War on Terror fallen service members, veterans and their families.”
Stevens, holds extensive military experience and recently retired from service, finishing his Navy career as the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. After retiring from service, he assumed duties as the Chief Operating Officer for Victory Media in Pittsburgh, PA. Stevens will play a major role in refining the GWOTMF’s long-term strategy and scaling operations as the foundation grows and expands roles for current team members.
Wellman brings extensive experience in public relations, project management, strategic communications, coalition building, and outreach to the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation. Wellman retired from the Army with 22 years in the service. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Harvard Kennedy School; a veteran of 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. Wellman will be instrumental in supporting GWTMF’s communications and outreach efforts as the mission moves forward.
Other members of the GWOTMF advisory board include: General David H. Petreaus, U.S. Army, retired; General George R. Casey, U.S. Army, retired; Jan C. Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Captain Florent Groberg, Medal of Honor Recipient; Jake Wood, CEO of Team Rubicon; General James T. Conway, USMC, retired. To learn more about the GWOTMF board of advisors, visit http://www.gwotmemorialfoundation.org/advisory-board/.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR MEMORIAL FOUNDATION:
The mission of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation is to provide the organizing, fundraising, and coordinating efforts to build a memorial on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to honor our fallen warriors, US services members, their families, and all those who supported our nation’s longest war. The objective is to create a tangible symbol of the sacrifices made by fallen U.S. service members and their families while they were supporting the Global War on Terror.
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