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Force Blue Launches TEAM TWO to Assist with Training Deployments This Summer

In celebration of World Oceans Day, FORCE BLUE, INC. today announced the names of the six (6) Special Operations Veterans who will join the organization as TEAM TWO and will take part in their initial training deployment later this summer.

The new recruits are, Jimmy Settle, USAF PJ, Tacoma, Washington, Andrew Gamberzky, USAF CCT, Vancouver, Washington, Daniel Skidmore, USAF CCT, West End, North Carolina, Tom Peck, US ARMY SF, Puyallup, Washington, Jay Casello, USAF CROW/PJ, Anchorage, Alaska and Clarke Boulter, Royal Navy SBS, London, England.

TEAM TWO will conduct its training under the direction of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), FORCE BLUE’S Official Conservation Coordinator, in Little Cayman, BWI and Key Largo, FL. over two weeks in August.   Instructors from NOAA, the Ocean Conservancy, the Coral Restoration Foundation and the U.S. Navy’s History and Heritage Command, will school recruits in a myriad of topics, including coral reef restoration, marine debris removal, wreck surveying and invasive species eradication.  Dr. Carrie Elk of the Elk Institute will provide an introduction to FORCE BLUE’s PTSD counseling component.

Concurrent with the TEAM TWO announcement, FORCE BLUE today launched an online “BE A FORCE MULTIPLIER” Campaign via its website www.forceblueteam.org that will enable individuals and companies to help sponsor one or more of the new recruits throughout their initial training, in dollar amounts ranging from $25 to $15K.  Those who donate will receive official FORCE BLUE™ merchandise and apparel in exchange for their support.

Established in 2016, FORCE BLUE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses two seemingly unrelated problems — the rapidly declining health of our planet’s marine resources and the difficulty returning combat veterans have in adjusting to civilian life. By uniting the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of marine science and conservation in one, mission-focused program, FORCE BLUE has created a model of caring, cooperation and positive change with the power to restore lives and restore the planet.

CONTACT:  Jim Ritterhoff, Executive Director/Co-founder (jim@forceblueteam.org) 914.841.7230