Team Del Taco SSD is made up of Elijah Rogers and Jeff McGrew.
- Age: 31
- Occupation: Recon Marine, Mountain Leader
- Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
- Age: 26
- Occupation: Recon Marine, Scout Sniper, Deputy Sheriff
- Hometown: Pinetop, AZ
Elijah - I am currently serving in Central and South America as an instructor/trainer for the Marine Forces South, Security Cooperation Team. I am the logistics NCO and mountain leader advisor for 4th Recon Bn in Albuquerque, NM. I have an extensive practical experience in a variety of mountain environments in winter and summer conditions, as well as a well-developed hazard evaluation and safe route finding skills over all types of mountainous terrain. Mountain Leaders are best qualified to advise commanders on all aspects of mountain operations, particularly the preparation and leadership required to move units over technically difficult, hazardous, or exposed terrain. In most cases the Mountain Leader is the highest level of qualification and is the principle trainer for conducting mountain operations. A member of a special operations forces (SOF) mountain team is critical to the Mountain Leader development. Depending on the specific AO, Mountain Leaders may need additional over-the-snow mobility skills such as snowshoeing and all-terrain skiing. I've always been active and enjoyed the outdoors and especially outdoor challenges. Over the last year I've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon, a Mud Run, and many other Cross Fit and obstacle course challenges. Unfortunately, due to our schedule, we don't get to prepare and train as much as we'd like for the events we've done. But, it has definitely made the events even more interesting and much more of a mental challenge.
Jeff - I am currently serving on my second deployment with Delta Co 4th Recon Bn. I also serve as a deputy sheriff in Bernalillo County, NM. I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity in my career with the Marines to have great experiences. Some were schools and training evolutions, operational experiences and some were training experiences. All have tested me in different ways and I've always strived for excellence. I have become a well rounded athletic warrior. I seek new ways to challenge myself mentally and physically. Completing the Marine Corps Marathon in 3 and a half hours, where only 4 days prior we had decided to run the marathon. Later I heard of the newest, cruelest of cruel "Spartan Race". It took me a split second for the words to form "I'm in!". The race came and passed, I completed at 19th place out of a few thousand runners. I enjoy everything outdoors and hope to advance myself in many facets of my life every day.
Why We Want to Compete in the Survival Trial
Jeff - First I hope to challenge myself. to continue to learn how to operate better under distress and find training scenarios I can realistically apply, lessons learned, into my operational tool box. Secondly I hope to meet like minded individuals to expand my tricks of the trade knowledge through cross training/ meet cool guys and girls. Thirdly and certainly not lastly, I want to support any foundation I can that supports my Brothers and Sisters in arms. Thankfully I have not had experience myself with PTSD, however I have seen first hand how it can effect and has effected my friends family and strangers. I've met many vets; often in not the best circumstances through the sheriffs department, enough to realize our system needs help. I'd like to help. I will help.
Elijah- I, too, also hope to challenge myself in a new arena. A warrior, athlete, professional must always strive to learn and challenge oneself to get better in their respective field. I will enjoy meeting other competitors and learning tricks and trade skills that I can take back and share with my Marines. I have countless other buddies and fellow Marines who have served in OEF and OIF. I share in the willingness to help them and their families return home and cope with life after the battlefield.Our Goals with the Survival Trial
To carry ourselves through the trial as a warriors. No matter what the struggle is to the finish line, smile and be ready for the fight on the other side as often times the apparent finish line in life is the just the start.
Other pertinent information that we feel would be helpful for potential sponsors to know about is:
In most any single obstacle or challenge in my life (physical or mental), I am hardly ever at the front of the pack but I am never far behind in any single event. which allows me to pull ahead when there are multiple types of challenges. A warrior is well rounded and can will himself to succeed in any measure of challenge. I won't let my brothers down, they count on me as I them.
Please consider making a donation to help us reach our goal for this event. Your donation will provide programs and services to returning war veterans and their families to help them deal with the invisible wounds of war. To read more about the event, please visit www.survivaltrial.com.