Clayton is currently serving his 10th year of active duty as a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy. During his time in the service he has grown to love endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. With his love for running and his admiration of his fellow service members, fighting in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Clayton and his sister Ashley created an event called ‘185 For Heroes’. For the event, the brother-sister team ran 185 miles in 7 days (a marathon a day), in order to raise awareness and funds for their wounded brothers and sisters in arms. The event is now an annual fundraiser and has raised over $30,000 for two wounded veteran charities including the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Second Chance. Clayton has also pursued this cause to help wounded veterans by running in the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Allied Forces Foundation & Team Azalea Charities. Learn more about www.185forHeroes.org.
Lieutenant Colonel G. E. Bennett
Lieutenant Colonel Guy Bennett is the Commanding Officer of the 10th Signal Regiment, British Army, headquartered at the Basil Hill Site in Corsham, Wiltshire. His prior role was as Deputy Military and Police Adviser at The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations; advising United Kingdom diplomatic staff on security matters primarily related to United Nations peacekeeping operations.
He has operational experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and The Balkans. In Iraq, especially, he worked very closely with US colleagues as a strategic planner in the Multi National Force Headquarters, Baghdad.
John Woods Conlin is Marketing Director of Suffolk Capital Management, a Wall Street investment boutique and has thirty years of financial experience, having created the marketing and client services departments of six money management firms.
A graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, John served in the 6th Gurkha Rifles in combat in Borneo, while based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He came to the United States to manage the New York print, radio and television media services office of Sir David Stirling, the founder of Britain’s SAS regiment, before moving on to Wall Street. An avid military historian, he was chosen to explain the role of Gurkhas in the Burma campaign in WW II in an episode of Spike TV’s “Deadliest Warrior” which appeared in September of 2011 and he remains active in the welfare of Gurkha ex-servicemen and their families.
Pipe Major Brian Heriot served 25 years in British Army with the Scots Guards. He has travelled the world with the Pipes & Drums to locations such as U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Ghana, Bermuda, Russia and Canada. In September 2009 Brian led the Pipes & Drums on a 4 week tour of the States which saw performances on the USS Intrepid in New York Harbour, within the Pentagon walls and at the Walter Reid Memorial Hospital, Washington DC. More recently he led the pipers on the State Visit when President Barack Obama visited The United Kingdom and ended a glittering career on the Queen’s Birthday Parade in 2011.
Brian has operational experience in Saudi Arabia/Kuwait, 4 tours in Northern Ireland, 2 tours of Iraq and 1 of Afghanistan. Primarily employed as a piper in the Scots Guards and subsequently the Pipe Major, between September 2007–June 2011, Brian has also served operationally in a number of roles including Medical Support and Intelligence.
LCpl Tim Jones EngTech MInstRE
Tim has served 8 years with 33 Engineer Regiment (EOD) in UK operations, the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan as High Risk Search and Bomb Disposal. Tim was injured on Op Panthers Claw, Op Herrick 10, 7 jul 2009, when he and his team were extracting from the area of operation. They were heading toward the rear of a Chinook when heavy effective enemy fire commenced. As Tim stood on the rear of the tailgate, sniper fire targeted the cockpit of the air frame, which prompted the pilot to take off. As Tim was on the tail gate the load master attempted to grab him and pull him in, but the rate of climb was too quick; he fell into him, causing Tim to fall 40ft. He suffered Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, C spine spinal cord injury, broken vertebrae in the spine, 2 shoulder injuries, hernias and an array of internal issues. Luckily, he was casivac’d immediately by an American call sign to Camp Bastion, and then back to the UK within 12 hours. Tim’s road to recovery has been long and arduous, but he has met it head on, finding ways to do the same things differently. He has been supported by numerous service charities which have helped to transform his life; he now feels it’s time to give something back, and help other injured servicemen to have the same opportunities that he has had.
Bob Kinder is a Senior Vice President at Drop Test International (DTI), a private consulting firm, specializing in advising the international community on security issues. A retired officer with over 23 years of service in both the U.S. Air Force and Army special operations communities, Bob has led numerous, joint combat operations in Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He advised our most senior leaders in Iraq and Afghanistan, while serving with both the IED Task Force and the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG), where he survived numerous IED and suicide bombing attacks. As the Senior Advisor for the Counterinsurgency Advisory & Assistance Team (CAAT), Bob provided the Commander of International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) – Afghanistan, with expertise across the full spectrum of counterinsurgency activities. His articles have been published nationwide and he is a regular analyst on radio stations across the country, providing expert commentary on America’s national security issues. Bob holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Anthony J. Selvitella, MSW, CSW currently serves at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in New York.
While studying at the American University in Washington, DC, Anthony began studying and working on veterans health care issues. After graduation, he continued this work in Great Britain. While in the UK, Anthony developed a deeper interest in working directly with British military personnel and their families. Upon return to the US, he completed his graduate work at City University of New York-Hunter College, accepted his current role and eventually opened a private practice. The shared needs, interests, and goals of both British and American veterans remain a passion for Anthony. He also views the fostering of a bond between American and British service members and veterans as integral to sustaining and growing the Special Relationship.
Anthony is the son a Vietnam War veteran and the grandson of two WWII veterans. Originally from Worcester, MA, he now lives in Manhattan.
WO2 RV ‘Sol’ Sollerer MInstRE
Sol served 22 years in the British Army, in varying roles as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers; he is Commando and Military Diver trained. He has seen active service on UN and NATO tours of Bosnia, 3 tours of Iraq and 1 of Aghanistan. During his operational experience he has proven interoperability with Allied Forces, including in 2003, being attached to the USMC in Iraq to give Sapper capability and later that year Military Diving in Iraq with the US Navy Seabees. Sol was also part of an Iraqi Army training team on a subsequent tour, with US Army personnel also attached. Sol retired from the Army in 2012 and made a smooth transition to civilian life, settling in the Annapolis area. Sol heads up his own team cohesion and leadership development services and is also the Asst. Boxing Coach at the US Naval Academy Ran MCM ’09, ’11, ’12 and ’13 in support of Allied Forces Foundation. Won the Folding Kayak Division of the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile non-stop International Canoe Race 2013.
Toby Tanser has an established name in the world of long distance running, first as an International competitor, then later as a coach. A board member for the New York Road Runners (organisers of the NYC Marathon), coaches advisory board for the Runner’s World Magazine, Toby is also a coach for NYC’s largest running club, the New York Flyers along with the Fashion Institute of Technology. Toby is a Vice President of the Achilles International having previously served as a board member. He is also Founder and CEO of Shoe4Africa, a non-profit organisation building schools and a children’s hospital in East Africa.