OEW OFFICER TEAM
Eric Schmitz – President
Eric is currently serving on active duty in the United States Army. He joined in 1992 and has held a wide array of technical and tactical leadership positions that has led him through the ranks and around the world to include Korea, Germany, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, and the United Kingdom as well as several stateside assignments. He is currently serving as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC.
He has been an active Community Ambassador for Operation Enduring Warrior since 2012. He is currently a Team Athlete and previously served as the VP of Operations for OEW.
“Through the programs we provide and the family atmosphere we inspire, I believe we provide our Warriors a safe avenue to reengage with life, live it to the fullest, and continue to reach new goals.”
Christopher Acord – VP of Operations
Chris served as an active duty enlisted and active duty commissioned officer in the United States Navy Nuclear Power Field from August 1993 to October 2007 where he held numerous positions to include the training and qualification of an entire fast attack submarine command in the safe operation of a Naval Nuclear Reactor. Additionally, he has been on two western pacific deployments, served as a test director on two nuclear refueling overhauls, and served as the acting Department Head for the Operations Department at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. Chris also was an athlete with the Navy Region Southwest Wrestling team from 2002-2005 and claimed the 2005 AAU Grand National Champion in Greco Roman while in the Navy. He wrestled for 22 years. As a civilian, Chris has held various positions working for a government contractor responsible for all small caliber munitions to US Armed Forces to include chief power house engineer, project manager, program manager, and deputy director of advanced weapons programs. Chris was most recently the Assistant COO for BattleFrog, an Obstacle Course Racing company founded by Navy Seals, and currently an independent consultant in the OCR industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of San Diego with a minor in Theology.
Chris first ran alongside OEW at SC Spartan Beast in 2013. He has been an OEW Team Athlete since 2014.
Anthony Busko – Business Manager
Anthony (Tony) Busko is currently an Active Duty senior NCO in the United States Army. Joining the Army right out of High School in 1996, he has served in a diverse range of units from Long Range Surveillance to direct support in Special Forces. Tony has deployed to many areas around the world including 5 times to the Balkans, South America, and multiple tours in Afghanistan. As a communications NCO he posses a diverse knowledge and understanding of both practical and managerial aspects of IT and best practices.
Operation Enduring Warrior is Tony’s first foray into charity work, but it is one he has embraced whole heartedly. Being able to support and assist wounded veterans has given him a renewed sense of purpose and drive that was sorely lacking. The nature of the work that Operation Enduring Warrior does fits in well with his professional ethic and personality, and he looks forward to a long tenure with the organization.
Kelly Farmer- VP of Communication
Kelly joins the OEW officer team after two years of Community Ambassadorship and numerous athletic events with the team. She brings more than twenty years of career experience from a wide variety of business industries; including non-profit, government contracting, higher education and financial services. Marketing, press relations and public speaking have followed her career in all areas of business.
Kelly’s military ties began with her father’s service in the U.S. Army and continued as a military spouse of 20 years. Her husband retired in 2007 from 3rd SFG(A) Fort Bragg, NC. For many years she found herself envious of her husband’s contribution to society through his military career. She longed to feel as if she was contributing passion, motivation and inspiration on a daily basis and sought for something that would inspire her from within. Operation Enduring Warrior first hit her radar in 2012 on the OCR circuit at a Spartan Race event. The experience was both enthralling and humbling and elicited an immediate connection. After watching from afar for two years she joined as an OCA in Summer 2014 and began making lifelong connections among the OEW family.
“I know I’ve found my niche and true passion. I am driven to do anything possible to help further grow this organization into the positive, inspirational, life-changing outlet so many of our veterans need.”
Richard Jacob – VP of Logistics
Richard is currently a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard on active duty in the United States Army. He joined in 2002 and has served in multiple roles including company commander, embedded tactical team supply officer and battalion personnel officer. His service includes an extended combat deployment to Afghanistan, 2 deployments to Kosovo, and a deployment to Saudi Arabia. Richard brings skills in mechanical equipment fabrication/repair and resource management and as well experience in leadership, operational planning, and training from his time in the military and his educational background.
Richard has volunteered for several organizations in the past but found few as rewarding as working with Operation Enduring Warrior. Where most non-profit groups focus on providing for the financial needs of their beneficiaries, he has found working to empower wounded service members as a member of the OEW team far more gratifying. He is honored to assist in providing a support network that offers wounded veterans an opportunity to overcome obstacles in a team environment where they are able to regain self-confidence and understand that their injuries may require them to adapt, but do not signify the necessity to abandon their goals.
Jesus Olvera – VP of Development
Jesus is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserves in 2002 as an Air Transportation Apprentice. Shortly after arriving to his unit, he was activated to active duty and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003 at Kandahar, Afghanistan. Within the next two years on active duty, Jesus would deploy two more times within the Area of operation in support of military mission in Southwest Asia. He rose to the rank of E-5 and fulfilled his commitment to the Air Force and was Honorable Discharged in Jan 2010.
Prior to Jesus’ military career, he worked at the State Employees Credit Union as a Call Center Financial Services Officer in Fayetteville, North Carolina. During his time with the Credit Union and the Air Force Reserves, Jesus reapplied to College at Fayetteville State University. In May of 2009, he graduated from Fayetteville State University with a B.A. in Political Science. After completing college and using his military experience, Jesus took a position with a logistics contracting company overseas in support of the Department of Defense mission. As a Logistics Technician, he would assist in the movement of personnel via air and surface transportation and provide in-transit Visibility (ITV) and movement records for passengers and cargo movement. Jesus currently works with Federal Express(FedEx) as a Courier since 2014. Jesus has been married to Anna Marie Olvera since 2003 and they have one child, Victoria. He is extremely honored to be a part of Operation Enduring Warrior, not only in an Officer position but as an OEW Community Ambassador.
“Keep Motivating the Masses” – J. Olvera
Brian Wilson – VP of Finance
Brian enlisted in the United States Navy in 1994 and is actively serving for over 21 years now. He first served as an enlisted helicopter crewman/rescue swimmer and in 2007, he completed one of the Navy’s competitive officer commissioning programs and earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He currently serves as a critical care nurse stationed in the National Capital Region where his duties include: Critical Care Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, ICU S-6, Division Officer and Critical Care Committee member. Both as enlisted and as an officer, Brian completed multiple deployments to the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Persian Gulf regions.
“As a critical care nurse, I have had the honor and responsibility of taking care of our wounded veterans immediately after and later downrange while they are recovering from physical, mental and emotional injuries. First as an OCA and now as a team member of OEW, I can continue to support my brothers- and sisters-in-arms, not only as a critical care nurse, but also as a Team Athlete for Operation Enduring Warrior.”