Patriots 4 Mission
One: To honor our nation’s wounded veterans (and their families) who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.
Two: To provide a place for mobility impaired wounded veterans to continue to enjoy the great outdoors regardless of disability. This is accomplished through adaptive equipment and guides/callers.
Three: To provide an atmosphere for sharing and encouraging that may assist in opening doors to help wounded veterans in identifying resources to navigate other challenging issues with which they may be faced. These challenges may include receiving assistance in building wheel chair ramps, finding a handicapped accessible vehicle, doing needed repairs in the home, identifying VA resources, VA benefits applications, finding professional counseling, etc.
Four: To provide an annual scholarship to help a son or daughter of a wounded vet attend college or pursue a trade school education.
P4’s focus is about recognizing and giving back to the men and women whose sacrifices in the name of freedom can never truly ever be repaid. However, if P4 can play some small role in saying “thank you” for our freedom, albeit a small piece, we will honor them in the best way we know how!
P4 Cofounder and Chairman of the Board
Major General, Retired
P4 Officer: Chairman of the Board
Randy West was elected Chairman of the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
He is currently the President / CEO of Robison International, Inc., Wash D.C. where he serves as a consultant and adviser to industry, DoD and Congress, on matters of National Security and Policy. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Museum of Americans in Wartime, and the Oakview National Bank in Marshall, VA. Randy was a member of the White House Commission on Remembrance. The Governor of Virginia’s Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, The Outdoor Veteran’s Fund Partnered with PVA, and is an ordained lay minister currently serving as the bi-vocational pastor at Orlean Baptist Church in Orlean, VA.
Randy enlisted in the Marine Corps in Oct 1966, completed recruit training at MCRD, Parris Island, and achieved the enlisted rank of sergeant. He was commissioned a 2ndLT in Jan 1968, completed The Basic School, and was assigned to the Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, FL. Designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1969, he was assigned to VMAT(AW)-202 and VMA(AW)-224 at MCAS Cherry Point, NC. After qualifying as a Bombardier Navigator in the A6A Intruder, he was assigned to VMA(AW)-225 in the Republic of Vietnam.
Completing his combat tour in December 1970, he returned to the Naval Air Training Command and received his wings as a naval aviator in February 1971. Then Captain West was assigned to HMA-269 at MCAS New River in Jacksonville, NC where he served as Logistics Officer, completed a Landing Force Sixth Fleet deployment in the Mediterranean, and upon return to to HMA-269, he served as the Operations Officer, as the Detachment OIC for Rum Punch 75 aboard a British LPH, the HMS Hermes and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of NC (W).
He was later assigned to Amphibious Warfare School and, after graduation, returned to HMA-269, where he served as the Operations Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He was the Detachment Officer In Charge with HMM-261 on a second LF6F deployment to the Mediterranean, as well as a North Atlantic deployment with NATO forces for Operations Northern Wedding/Bold Guard. In 1980, he attended Air Force Command and Staff College, earned his MBA from Auburn, and then reported to Headquarters Marine Corps to serve as the AH/UH/OV/Helo weapons officer. Then Major West was transferred in 1983 to Marine Aircraft Group 29 at MCAS New River, serving as the Executive Officer and then as the Commanding Officer of HMA-269. During his tenure, HMA-269 was the recipient of the CNO Safety Award and was selected as the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron of the Year.
Lieutenant Colonel West was next assigned as a student in August 1986 to the Naval War College where he earned his masters in National Security and Policy. Upon graduation, he reported to Headquarters Marine Corps and served as the Budget and Legislative Officer in the Aviation Plans, Programs and Budget Division. In 1988, he was selected to work in the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Legislative Affairs, where he was promoted to Colonel.
Colonel West took command of Marine Aircraft Group-39 / 50 in Camp Pendleton, Calif., on August 31, 1990. On December 1, 1990, he deployed Marine Aircraft Group-50 as the Aviation Combat Element for the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade with 71 aircraft of 8 different types. Marine Aircraft Group-50 participated in the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade amphibious landing and subsequent operations ashore in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. While on its way home, the task force was diverted to Bangladesh, where Colonel West served as the Air Mission Commander for the Operation Sea Angel disaster relief effort.
In 1992, he was assigned as a legislative fellow, assisting the Office of Rep. C. W. Bill Young and the House Appropriations Committee with national security / defense matters and lessons learned from Desert Storm. Following this assignment, he became the head of Aviation Plans, Programs, Doctrine, Budget, Congressional and Joint Matters at Headquarters Marine Corps until his promotion to Brigadier General on October 1, 1995. He then served until May 1998 as Legislative Assistant to Commandant of Marine Corps. He was promoted to Major General on September 1, 1998. From June 1998 to July 1999 he served as Deputy Commanding General of II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He then served as the Senior Advisor for the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Chemical and Biological Protection from July 1999 to Feb 2001 and he was asked to serve on the Presidential Transition Team and became the Dep Asst Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. Randy West retired in Jan of 2002 and assumed his position with Robison Int, Inc.
Randy is happily married to the former Robin Lane. The West’s have seven children and currently reside in Marshall, Virginia.
Major General West’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with numeral 19, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Award, and Combat Action Ribbon.
P4 Officer: Vice-Chairman of the Board
Dave Porter was elected to Vice Chairman of the Board in July 2020.
Dave Porter is a Business Consultant for Dextera Corporation and provides direct support to NAVSEA 04I at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL), a NAVSEA Government Owned – Contractor Operated facility, in which he has had a working relationship for 19 years. Dave is also Vice President, partial owner and COO of Holy Grounds Coffee and Bagel Shop, Inc. In addition, Dave and his wife also own and operate D&P Rentals, LLC.
Previously, Dave was the Executive VP and ABL Site Manager for Professional Services of America, Inc. He managed the Public Private Partnership, CUA (Commercial Use Agreement) with ATK (Alliant Techsystems), which was the operating contractor at ABL. Before that, he was an Associate Partner and ABL Complex Manager within U.S. Federal, IBM Global Business Services (GBS), where he acted as U.S. Federal GBS Industry lead, Rocket Center, WV. Prior to being acquired by IBM in March of 2010, Dave was Director of ABL Operations for National Interest Security Company (NISC) which included over 300 employees at the Rocket Center site. He was the main point of contact with NAVSEA, and was responsible for the oversight of all NAVSEA and NARA Programs. Prior to being acquired by NISC in December of 2007, Dave was the Director of ABL operations for Information Manufacturing Corporation (IMC), performing the same role he performed previously for NISC. Dave and his wife also owned and operated a small NASCAR retail business from 1998 to 2006.
Dave served on the board of directors of the Armed Forces Foundation for
7 years. Dave is also actively involved in his church and local community, and lives in Cumberland, MD, with his wife, Paulette, and their son.
Patriots 4 (P4) Officer: Treasurer
Sam Sedosky, Jr. was elected Treasurer to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Sam is the sole owner of Sedosky & Associates, PLLC, a firm which provides individuals and businesses with professional financial accounting services including accounting, tax planning, as well as business and management consulting across multiple industries. He has over 15 years of public accounting experience in taxation, accounting and consulting with extensive small business, production and construction knowledge, and 10 years of private sector experience in the textile industry focusing on management, production and quality control in the United States and overseas.
Sam is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as the Chair on Freedom Bank’s Board of Directors in Belington, WV, and Treasurer of Patriots 4 in St. George W.V. Sam resides in Lewis County with his wife, Amy and their daughter Kinley, and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and playing golf.
P4 Officer: Secretary
Dee Losh was elected Secretary to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Born in Charleston, WV., she has had a diverse career thus far. Joining the workforce at 16, she worked for a vascular surgeon, was a church secretary and a residential hi-rise property manager – all while being a piano instructor on the side. She also worked as a horse farm laborer and manager at Hunter’s Creek Farm, and a golf course equipment operator and landscaper at Patuxent Greens in Laurel, MD. For 10 years she worked for Chesapeake Landscape & Design, and moved to VA to take care of a client, The Peterson Cos (TPC), where she later became Division Manager. TPC then hired her to be the in-house manager of landscaping for all TPC properties while assisting property managers with their landscaping needs and managing new commercial landscape installations.
Dee has close ties to the military with her father serving as a US Marine in World War II, and her husband having served in the Air Force. She was drawn to the goal of Patriots 4 – the ability to thank those who have put their personal lives on hold and in danger to provide her with the freedom to put her head on a comfortable pillow at night with the assurance that she’s free and safe. She was further drawn to the fact that since no one gets paid at Patriots 4, all the charitable contributions help build and expand the non-profit organization’s reach while continuing to help America’s heroes who have given so much.
Dee attended Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, and married her husband Stephen in 1983. They live in Middleburg, VA and currently own a dog sitting (not a kennel) business. Dee is an avid reader and singer, loves horses, and hopes to travel the country someday.
Special Friends of P4
P4 Board Member
Tris Barry, Sr. was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Tris is a Business Executive experienced in creating and leading award-winning security programs. He is recognized amongst his peers for managing start-up and ongoing security operations and possesses unique skills in designing and building security facilities and protection structures in the framework of mitigating risk and enhancing outcomes. He is a strong leader who enjoys mentoring and motivating teams to perform at high levels in support of internal and external clients.
Tris currently works as Director of Security and Chief of Staff to the CEO for FENIX GROUP, Inc., a Government contracting firm. In his current role, he is an advisor to the CEO on business matters. In addition, he creates and leads all aspects of physical and personnel security, security education and training, document control, clearance processing, secure communication custodian, visitor access and control, and automated information security and cybersecurity.
Prior to this, Tris was Director of Security, Administration and FSO for Watts Constructors, LLC, a Government contracting firm. In his role, he creates and leads all aspects of physical and personnel security, security education and training, document control, clearance processing, secure communication custodian, visitor access and control, and automated information security and cybersecurity. Tris was also responsible for all Company administration functions, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Finance.
He also acted as VP, Chief of Staff and Director of Security for companies such as IBM and L-3. He served in the US Army, in the field of Infantry and intelligence, and also served at Arlington National Cemetery, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management. Mr. Barry currently servers on numerous Boards.
He currently resides in Purcellville, VA, with his wife Penny. They have been married for 31 years and they have two sons; Tris Barry II, and James. Tris also has two grandchildren.
P4 Board Member
Mike Dubik was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Mike is a sleep medicine specialist at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed his undergraduate degree at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, earned his Medical Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC., and completed his sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford University in California.
He retired from the Navy after 25 years, including two tours as a Flight Surgeon. As a green LT assigned to the second Marine Air Wing, Mike had the extreme good fortune of serving under Lt Col Randy West, the Commanding Officer of the HMLA-269.
Then Colonel West officiated at Mike’s marriage to Ann. They have three children and live in Norfolk, VA
P4 Board Member
Craig Hartzell was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Craig is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Azimuth, Incorporated, a West Virginia based, service-connected disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) which he founded. He has over thirty years of experience in the fields of electronic communications, special operations and business management. He served on active duty with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the U.S. Army Reserves with the 11th and 12th Special Forces Groups, and the 1st Special Operations Command. He is a Decade Member of the Special Forces Association, a life member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), a life member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and a life member of the American Legion.
Nominated by Senator Jay Rockefeller and appointed by the President of the United States, Craig served on the Board of Directors of the National Veterans Business Development Corporation. He is a member and past President of the Northern West Virginia Chapter of the National Contracts Management Association, recipient of West Virginia’s 2003 Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Defense and Security category, and has also served on many ad-hoc committees supporting economic development efforts for the state of West Virginia. He was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as West Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year for 2010.
Craig holds B.S. degrees in Electronics and Education from Ferris State University.
P4 Board Member
Paul Kinder, Jr. was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Paul is a research assistant professor at West Virginia University and the Director of the Natural Resource Analysis Center. Paul is also a proud native of West Virginia and is passionate about environmental and ecological conservation, restoration, and sustainability in this state as well as throughout Appalachia. He received degrees from both West Virginia University and Ohio State University and has over 20 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors. He began his career working for the WV Division of Natural Resources in the 1990s as a biometric supervisor and GIS analyst. He moved on to become the Director of Science and Technology for the Canaan Valley Institute for over a decade. Paul arrived at WVU in 2009 and served as a research scientist, until his appointment as NRAC director.
Paul has experience and interests in the geosciences (GIS & Remote Sensing), environmental and ecological restoration, natural resources planning and management, and social network analysis. He enjoys fostering a transdisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and service.
Paul loves streams and wildlife, and more importantly, he loves to expose the joy of the outdoors to others – particularly heroes that have served our country and sacrificed so greatly to protect our freedom.
P4 Board Member
Patrick Lundy was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Patrick is a Senior Systems Administrator for Integrated Direct Marketing (IDM), a marketing agency. As part of a team that keeps the IDM IT infrastructure and its users operational, Patrick manages all aspects of the corporate network and his core competencies include Active Director Services, Microsoft Azure Cloud Administration, and Office 365.
Prior to his role at IDM, Patrick was a System Administrator with IBM and also a freelance System Administrator with responsibilities ranging from supporting IT infrastructure base on client requirements, and providing a wide range of technology services such as Small Business Server, Exchange Server, SonicWall firewalls and Avaya phone systems.
Patrick is an advocate for P4 having personally seen the struggles that disabled service men and women go through, both physically and mentally, after serving in the armed forces. The sacrifices these heroes make are the reason Americans can live the lives we do. Patrick has also had the privilege of taking some of these disabled service men and women hunting and fishing at P4 and the joy it brings to their faces, according to Patrick, is “priceless.”
Patrick’s commitment to P4 stems back to the early days of its establishment when he took a year long leave of absence from his job and moved his family to P4 to help manage the day-to-day operations and help secure a path for P4’s growth. The initial contributions and tireless efforts of Patrick and his family are still paying dividends today.
Patrick is married to Angela Lundy and together they have 4 children and two grandchildren. They live in Marshall, VA.
P4 Board Member
Ali Wines was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2018.
Ali is the Chief Operating Officer of BowerGroupAsia, Inc., a government affairs and public policy consulting firm that specializes in the Asia-Pacific. Ali oversees the company’s operational aspects, including strategy, budgeting and contracting, while navigating the organization through the geo-political complexities associated with international business. Prior to joining BGA, Ali worked for five years as Chief of Staff at BrooksBowerAsia.
Ali has a unique and distinguished background, having also served for eight years at the White House holding a range of prestigious positions under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. As a member of the National Security Council (NSC), Ali played a key role in coordinating and implementing the president’s agendas, and frequently accompanied President Bush on international trips to promote his foreign policies. In this capacity, she gained unique insights into the importance and need for diplomacy at all levels. At the White House Counsel’s Office, Ali acted on the front lines as liaison between the Executive and Legislative branches of the Government. During her tenure at the White House, she earned a rare view into the inner workings of numerous federal agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress.
Ali is passionate about working with children and young adults. As a motivational speaker with high school and middle school students, she coaches and inspires them in achieving their academic and personal goals. She regularly mentors fellow colleagues both in the US and internationally.
Ali earned her Executive Masters in Business Administration from Georgia State University and studied American Government at the University of Virginia.
P4 Board Member
Kay Young was elected to the Patriots 4 Board of Directors in 2019.
Kay retired from the USMC in 2000 after 20 years of service as a Casualty Officer, Adjutant and in her final tour at HQMC, as the Program Manager for the Marine Corps Pay and Personnel System. After retirement, she worked for an organic farm, a quarter horse farm and then as a contractor with Teleglobe Telecommunications and In her spare time, served as the Fauquier County Toys for Tots Coordinator until 2012. Since 2004 she has been a Real Estate Associate Broker, currently with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
She and Bill Drake reside in Hume Virginia. Kay has 2 boys, one in the USMC stationed at Pensacola/Milton Florida and one in the Army at Fort Bliss Texas with his wife and 2 little girls. Bill has 4 children all living in the Northern Virginia area.
Force, one Army), and a daughter who is taking steps to join the Air Force. Robert went to Basic Training between his junior and senior year of high school and followed on military job training after high school graduation.
He has been a public servant from early teenage years. He was employed by the United States Postal Service in various capacities to include management. He later transitioned and joined the West Virginia National Guard as a Paralegal Specialist for a Combat Engineer Battalion and subsequently deployed to Iraq.
During his deployment, he earned the Combat Action Badge and an Army Commendation Medal among a few other awards. Robert was among several hundred WV Army National Guard members who were identified and exposed to Sodium Dichromate (the controversial chemical in the Erin Brocovich movie) at an Iraq Water Treatment Facility that the Battalion was tasked to secure. At Camp Marez, he was part of the unit that was hit by mortars, killing 22 Americans.
Upon his return home, he was service connected by the Veteran Affairs for nine medical conditions, most noticeably severe PTSD, severe headaches due to head trauma, and compression fractures in his back. He suffered physically upon return to the Post Office
and used the assistance of the Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Program where he finished his Bachelor’s Degree from WVU and then entered a Master of Legal Studies, also at WVU. He later accepted a position at the Department of Veterans Affairs
as a Field Examiner where he continues to serve the most vulnerable veterans and their dependents.
Amanda’s deeply rooted heritage in Virginia’s Piedmont shapes her work as her work shapes the food system of the region. The only daughter of an avid hunter, she grew up learning to process the animals that she and her father hunted. A true native of Marshall, Amanda’s family has lived in this place since at least 1769. Echoing her present, Amanda’s great-uncle once owned a butcher shop in Marshall.
Building on her storied ancestry, Amanda (with her husband Derek) opened a hyper-local food-truck called Local Six Forty Seven (an homage to the local route that lead to their home) that focused on grass-fed beef burgers and seasonal local foods. Much of the food they produced themselves, either by growing in their garden or hand-making their own condiments, while other ingredients were sourced as nearby as possible to support farmers in the region. By posting up at farmers markets and local wineries, their food-truck gathered a loyal following and then led to wider prominence when they were featured on Good Morning America.
In 2011, Amanda and Derek traded the traveling food-truck for something more concrete, establishing The Whole Ox in Marshall, VA, not only as a butcher shop to preserve the intricate and artisan practice of whole animal butchery, but also to serve as a point of connection between the local community and the farms who produce their food. The Whole Ox has been recognized in numerous ways over the years including being selected as Virginia Living’s Best Butcher Shop and included in Northern Virginia Magazine’s Best Restaurants. Today, The Whole Ox serves as a colloquial food leader, be that through the advocacy of pasture-raised meats, a market of local vegetables and goods, or a larder of wines, cheeses, stocks, and delicacies that enrich the stomachs and lives of the people of the area. Amanda continues to develop her skills and education in the field, as an alum of the James Beard Foundation WEL (Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership) Program, in completing WSET Level 2, and by participating in the Entrepreneurship at Cornell University program.