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Camp Patriot Alumni

Posted 5/8/2015

Captain Scott Smiley, US Army; Camp Patriot Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Team

Captain Scotty Smiley is a 2006 Camp Patriot Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Alumni and the New York Times Best Selling Author of Unseen Hope. Scotty, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty blind officer and the organizations first blind company commander


Captain Scotty Smiley is a 2006 Camp Patriot Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Alumni and the New York Times Best Selling Author of Unseen Hope. Scotty, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty blind officer and the organizations first blind company commander. On April 6, 2005, he was made blind when a suicide car bomber blew himself up thirty meters in front of Scotty's Stryker vehicle. Since that day, Scotty Smiley has surfed in Hawaii, skied in Vail, skydived, climbed Mt. Rainier with Camp Patriot, completed a triathlon, and graduated from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with his MBA. The Army Times named Capt. Smiley its Soldier of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world's Best Outdoor Athlete. Smiley, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, recently taught the core course in leadership at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point's Keller Army Medical Center. Captain Smiley was recently named a recipient of the Army's prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award. Scotty and his wife, Tiffany, are both from Pasco Washington, where he captained the Pasco High School Bulldogs to a Class 4A State Football Championship.

 

First Lieutenant Ed Salau, US Army; Camp Patriot Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Team

Ed Salau is a 2007 Camp Patriot Mt. Rainier Summit Challenge Alumni. Lt. Salau spent 12 years as an active duty Marine, upon leaving the Marine Corps, he joined the North Carolina Army National Guard in 2000 and spent ten months in Iraq in 2004. While on a mission near Tuz, Iraq, the platoon that Lt. Salau was commanding was ambushed. Two rocket propelled grenades hit the side of his vehicle and blew off the armor plating of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The explosion seriously wounded Lt. Salau, resulting in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. Lt. Salau was medically retired from the Army in April, 2005. Ed actively participates in veteran’s organizations, helping other vets cope with injuries and challenges. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.

 

Camp Patriot Alumni Profiles: 

Ryan Job, Navy SEAL

Matthew Slaydon, USAF EOD

Gilbert Magallanes, US Army, Green Beret

Elliott Miller, Navy SEAL

Rey Gonzalez, US Army Ranger

 

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