Boat Dedication for LTC Jaimie Leonard

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Jaimie Leonard was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 8th, 2013 after being shot at close range during an insider attack on a Forward Operating Base (FOB). Jaimie was a military intelligence officer who was living and working on the same FOB as some of C Company, 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Mike's company). As a member of brigade level staff, she was a key part of intelligence operations and contributed greatly to the mission of our Special Forces teams. Jaimie graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point in 1997 and was a classmate of Major James Alden (Mike's company commander) as well a classmate and Army Crew teammate with Major Alden's wife, Susan Alden. Jaimie served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was a highly decorated officer. She had an insatiable quest for excellence, extraordinary dedication to her profession, and a big heart for her family, friends and fellow soldiers of all ranks.

Having rowed all four years at West Point, Jaimie was a beloved member of the Army Crew team. Her extraordinary drive and devotion was most evident when she was training on the Hudson River or racing throughout the Northeast. Jaimie's USMA 1997 classmates and crew teammates are raising $25,000 to have a world-class Vespoli rowing shell (boat) dedicated in her name. This shell will be gifted to the current women's Army Crew team and used by cadet rowers for years to come. Competitive sports like crew and the many other physical, military, and academic rigors of West Point lay an important foundation for outstanding leaders such as Jaimie Leonard.

Since 1802, USMA has trained, graduated, and commissioned young officers who have proved to be significant military leaders and exceptional citizens. In fact, the motto of the history department is "At West Point, much of the history we teach was made by the people we taught." LTC Jaimie Leonard had aspirations of one day becoming President of the United States. Instead, she is remembered as the highest ranking woman to be killed in combat in American history. Jaimie will forever be a respected member of "The Long Grey Line" and is deeply missed by her family, friends, and comrades.

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The Unquiet Professional

In Memory of Staff Sergeant Michael H. Simpson

“The Unquiet Professional” is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to recognizing and honoring our nation’s Gold Star Families and Veterans by providing rewarding and purposeful opportunities.

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Gold Star Family Support Program: Children’s Museum Project

Currently 23 children’s museums in the pacific northwest offer FREE Membership to Gold Star Family Members. Kicked off by the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia, WA who also included one basic birthday party each year and FREE admission to parent support programs. HOCM Gold Star Program All children have the ability to soar when given the tools. Children’s museums nationwide provide those tools and we want them to pass these opportunities on to Gold Star children, free of charge. When tragedy strikes the simplest task may seem overwhelming. We want to make it as easy as possible for families of the fallen to put themselves in a happy, healthy and inspirational environment. Our hope is children’s museums nationwide will adopt this program in 2016. Why this program is important to us!

wear blue:run to remember Gold Star Race Program

The mission of wear blue: run to remember is to build running communities that honor the service and sacrifice of the American military. The Gold Star Race Program emboldens Gold Star family members in the healing process through running. They are provided race selection and access, as well as the training and support necessary to complete a wear blue endurance running event. Each program recipient will receive one personalized wear blue shirt, one pair of running shoes, one race entry, airfare to race, lodging for race, training plan for race, a certified running coach, and support throughout the training and race experience. The athlete’s fallen service member will be uniquely honored on the tribute wear blue Mile. wear blue Testimonials

The Unquiet Professional will partner with wear blue:run to remember to sponsor the Gold Star Race Program for the Rock and Roll San Diego Marathon 5 June 2016 and the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC 30 October 2016.

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SSG Michael H. Simpson was known affectionately as “the Unquiet Professional” by his company and team for proudly announcing himself as a Green Beret when most Green Berets work mostly in secret and unrecognized. While deployed with C Company, 4th BN, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Simpson sustained injuries on 26 April 2013 from an IED attack and succumbed to those injuries on 1 May 2013. Originally born out of sorrow and gratitude our mission was to give back to the military community that was so generous to the Simpson family in the immediate wake of SSG Simpson’s passing.

In the beginning, simply stated, we wanted to help those who helped the Simpson family. We immediately began fundraising for military and military related organizations such as The Green Beret Foundation, Special Ops Warrior Foundation, USO and wear blue:run to remember. We continue to support these exceptional organizations; however, as we became acquainted with the military related nonprofit community we recognized there were gaps in the landscape. One need in particular, awareness, support and empowering of Gold Star Families, quickly became near and dear to our organization’s heart.

As a result, TUP began focusing on awareness and support of Gold Star families. We have since launched several programs and continue to work on initiatives to support our Nation’s Gold Star Families and Veterans.

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