Four Titans of the U.S. Armed Forces Join Honorary Advisory Board for Boulder Crest Retreat
Bluemont, Virginia (PRWEB) April 11, 2012
Four highly decorated and respected titans of the U.S. Armed Forces have agreed to serve on an Honorary Advisory Board for Boulder Crest Retreat, a 37-acre privately funded Loudoun County facility with accommodations and recreational services designed to help wounded warriors and their families recover and heal. Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman, General Henry Shelton, (Ret.) U.S. Army, General Peter Pace, (Ret.) U.S. Marine Corps. and U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) William J. Fallon will serve as the Honorary Advisory Board, designed to help lead this charity in support of wounded warriors.
Boulder Crest, a not-for-profit organization, was founded by Ken Falke, a retired U.S. Navy E.O.D. (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) expert and successful local entrepreneur who donated land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for this purpose. The mission of Boulder Crest is to offer the wounded a restful and rural sanctuary and a break from the reminders, routines and restrictions of their treatments. A $ 10 million capital budget has been created to cover the construction of accommodations, meeting space and outdoor recreational facilities. Once the facility is completed, troops who are undergoing rehabilitation at area military hospitals will be invited to stay at no cost.
“I am deeply moved and honored by the commitment of these distinguished men to join our Honorary Advisory Board,” said Ken Falke. “Their presence on this Board will serve to inspire us to bring this project to fruition as soon as possible…as well as to encourage the many people and organizations that we greatly need to contribute to this mission to build a local retreat for our returning wounded troops. I am truly gratified by their participation and support.”
John Lehman served 25 years in the Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of Captain. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed him Secretary of the Navy where he served until 1987. During his tenure, he built a 600 ship Navy, established a strategy of maritime supremacy, and reformed ship and aircraft procurement. Lehman is the author of numerous books, including Command of the Seas, Making War, and On Seas of Glory. He is chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity investment firm. He also serves on the board of directors for several companies and foundations.
General Henry Shelton served more than 38 years in the United States Army in a variety of command and staff positions. In 1996, he was promoted to general and became Commander in Chief of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1997.
Among his many military awards, General Shelton has received four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, and the Purple Heart. Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on him on 2002. He currently holds board seats in a number of Fortune 500 companies.
General Peter Pace served more than 40 years in the United States Marine Corps. During his distinguished career, he held command at virtually every level, beginning as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam. He is the first Marine to ever serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008, the highest civilian honor a president can bestow. General Pace is currently serving on the Board of Directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and IT security. He is Chairman of the Board for the Wall Street Warfighters Foundation; a long-standing member of the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, and serves as an advisor to Our Military Kids.
Admiral William J. Fallon retired from the U.S. Navy after a distinguished 40 year career of military and strategic leadership. He led U.S. and Allied forces in eight separate commands and played a leadership role in military and diplomatic matters at the highest levels of the U.S. government. As head of U.S. Central Command, Admiral Fallon directed all U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa, focusing on combat efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He led the U.S. Pacific Command for two years, directing political-military activities in the Asia-Pacific region. He is chairman of CounterTack Inc., a cyber-security company, a partner in Tilwell Petroleum, LLC, an advisor to several other businesses, a distinguished fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses and on the Boards of several non-Profit organizations.
About Boulder Crest Retreat
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Boulder Crest Retreat will offer a rural sanctuary to wounded warriors and their families through accommodations and outdoor activities to speed their physical, mental and spiritual recovery. Founded in 2011 by retired U.S. Navy EOD technician and successful local entrepreneur Ken Falke, this not-for-profit undertaking will be built on land he donated and with funds contributed by local corporations and private citizens. For more information or to make a tax deductable donation, visit http://www.bouldercrestretreat.org.
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