Team Rubicon Doesn't Stop For Summertime
Posted July 31, 2014
Written by: Team Rubicon
School’s out, baseball’s in, and the poolside is occupied. It’s summer and it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. But for Team Rubicon, it’s actually hurricane season and there are inevitably communities in need somewhere.
2014 is keeping the military veterans and first responders who volunteer with Team Rubicon incredibly busy. So far, we’ve responded to 17 disasters across the country – tornadoes, floods, winter storms, and high surfs – digging in and getting dirty to help our neighbors who’ve been tested by Mother Nature.
Most recently, we launched Operation: Humble Trooper to assist with the cleanup effort following the wildfires that destroyed more than 300,000 acres and 150 homes in Okanogan County, Washington. This spring, tornadoes were running rampant across America’s heartland. Six of this year’s operations were launched in the wake of tornadoes, including those that devastated the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas. Operation: Rising Eagle kept our team busy for the better part of April and May.
Luckily, our team is built for this kind of stuff, utilizing the skills developed in uniform to bring order to chaos. We’d be remiss not to mention some massive, impenetrable wheels in motion allowing us to tackle disaster relief more efficiently and support the needs of our volunteer members who pour their sweat and smarts into continued service.
In July, we unveiled a custom 53’ Mobile Command Center generously donated by Tyson Foods which will allow us to set up our operations even quicker. We announced the second cohort of the Clay Hunt Fellows Program, our 12-month leadership and training program, and unveiled a partnership with Wounded Warrior Project to empower more veterans to serve their communities through disaster relief. We’ve also rolled out Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) to better serve our members in times of crisis.
There are very few dull moments among the ranks of Team Rubicon, as we’ve managed to bring together Air Force captains, rocket scientists (no joke), advertising professionals, and firefighters and make them all play nice. But it doesn’t just go “nice,” it goes great. Once you get a better idea of who we are, find out if you’ve got what it takes to join the team.