ABOUT US

Task Force 75 is a volunteer, 501c3 non-profit charitable organization founded to respond to disasters and emergency situations. We accept Military Veterans and select Civilians who possess necessary skill sets and the ability to travel for extended periods.

 

Task Force 75 was formed in August 2017 by former members of the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment in response to the devastating conditions caused by hurricane "Harvey" in Texas. This was a volunteer effort by a handful of Veterans seeking to help their fellow Americans who were in desperate need.

 

With one borrowed boat and a pick-up truck, we managed to rescue 26 people and 7 dogs as well as distributing hundreds of cases of water and food. In addition, our small band assisted local first responders and helped citizens retrieve important belongings and medication from their flooded homes.

We were soon joined by several more Rangers and other Veterans. Afterwards, we realized that we had all felt the same sense of purpose in helping others and a rekindling of that Brotherhood we had known in the military.  

Right on the heels of "Harvey" came hurricane "Irma", and we added some new members to the team. With a mix of Rangers and select Civilian personnel, we headed into Brunswick, GA. and assisted the local Fire Dept. in clearing roads and downed power lines in order to allow access routes to the local hospital. Two more dogs were rescued and returned to their owner within a few days. 

 

After receiving a call to head into Florida, we linked up with fellow Veterans and Civilian First Responders operating under the title of WARFIGHTER Disaster Response Team. Together our two teams headed into the worst hit areas in the Florida Keys and conducted operations for several weeks. Providing humanitarian assistance, wellness checks, and first aid were our stock in trade during this operation.

 

Within days of returning from Florida, we were again called upon, this time to head to Puerto Rico after the utter devastation caused by hurricane "Maria". This would be our biggest test to date as we again joined with our Veteran Brothers and Sisters of Warfighter DRT, and local civilian volunteers to become an effective organization and a beacon of hope for the people of western Puerto Rico.

In total, we have deployed for seven major disaster events since 2017 in addition to conducting search and rescue operations for missing persons in cooperation with local governmental agencies.

 

Our ability to be flexible in our response, the experience of our personnel, and our wide range of military and civilian skills make Task Force 75 an extremely valuable asset that is able to operate independently or in conjunction with other volunteer organizations and governmental agencies that seek augmentation.

Eric Carlson - President

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Certs: GSAR, BLS,

FEMA: ICS 100, 200, IS 700, 800, 101

ASPCA: FIR1, FIR2, FIR3, FIR4, FIR8, FIR9

Home State: Illinois

Matthew Sanders - Team Leader

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Certs: 

FEMA: ICS100, 200, IS700, 800

Home State: Missouri

Peggy Moran -

Animal Response Team Leader

Animal Expert, K-9 SAR Handler

Certs: GSAR, BLS, Pet CPR,

FEMA: ICS-100, 200, IS-700, 800, 010, 011, 111, 324

ASPCA:  FIR1, FIR2, FIR3, FIR4, FIR5, FIR6, FIR7, FIR8

Home State: Illinois

Eric Carlson - President

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Certs: GSAR, BLS,

FEMA: ICS 100, 200, IS 700, 800, 101

ASPCA: FIR1, FIR2, FIR3, FIR4, FIR8, FIR9

Home State: Illinois

Matthew Sanders - Team Leader

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Certs: 

FEMA: ICS100, 200, IS700, 800

Home State: Missouri

Peggy Moran -

Animal Response Team Leader

Animal Expert, K-9 SAR Handler

Certs: GSAR, BLS, Pet CPR,

FEMA: ICS-100, 200, IS-700, 800, 010, 011, 111, 324

ASPCA:  FIR1, FIR2, FIR3, FIR4, FIR5, FIR6, FIR7, FIR8

Home State: Illinois

Matt Richardson - Team Leader

Former Fire Fighter

Owner DR3 Disaster Response

Swift Water Tech, SAR Tech

Home State: Georgia

Justin Bullock - Team Member

Former 4th Infantry Division

EMT, HAZMAT Expert, 

Forward Observer

Home State: Minnesota

John Peters - Governmental Liaison

Emergency Management Specialist,

FEMA: ICS 100, 200 IS 700, 800

Swift Water Tech

USCG Telecommunications
USCG Motor Lifeboat Crew member
Natural Gas Pipeline emergency response
DHS FLETC CBRNE Defense and Response

Home State: Pennsylvania

Jeremy Witten - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion

Fire Fighter

ICS 100, 200, IS 700, 800

Swift Water Tech, SAR Tech, SCUBA Certified

Home State: New York

Matt Martin - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion 

Business Owner, Whitewater Guide

Home State: North Carolina

Mark Benedict - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion, Special Forces Medic

Registered Nurse

Home State: Illinois

Michael Luna - Team Member

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Business Owner

Home State: Iowa

Vince Lester - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion 

Home State: Ohio

Bob Larson - Team Member

Former 2nd Ranger Battalion, 160th SOAR

Rotary Wing Pilot,

FEMA: ICS 100, 200

Adult/Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR/AED

Home State: Georgia

James Deihl - Team Member

FEMA: ICS 100, 200,  IS 700, 800

Certs: GSAR, EMT, Paramedic

Home State: Illinois

Keith Swigert - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion 

Home State: Pennsylvania

John McCulley - Team Member

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

FEMA: ICS 100, 200 IS 700, 800

Home State: New Mexico

Chris Brower - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion

Home State: Georgia

Matthew Hills - Team Member

Former 3rd Ranger Battalion

Indianapolis Fire Fighter

Home State: Indiana

Joseph LaCapria - Team Member

Former United States Marine Corps

Home State: North Carolina

Jimmy Marquez - Team Member

Former 2nd Ranger Battalion

Home State: Texas

Daniel Keating - Team Member

Former United States Marine Corps

Home State: North Carolina

Morgan Martin - Team Member

White water raft guide

Home State: Oregon

Wes Ottey - Team Member

Former 75th Ranger Regiment

Home State: Maryland

Gary "Doc" Zigler - Team Member

Former 1st Ranger Battalion

Ranger Medic

Home State: Texas

Todd Surpernaugh - Team Member

Former 75th Ranger Regiment

Home State: USA

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