Major General Scott Gray, U.S. Air Force (Ret), Chair, President & CEO
MGen Gray, who retired in 2009 from the USAF and in 2018 from Lockheed Martin, is a graduate of the University of Alabama and was the Distinguished Graduate of his AFROTC class. He served for more than 32 years in the USAF where he was a Command pilot qualified in the C-130, C-5, KC-135, 757, and C-17. He commanded 6 units to include the 89th Wing, Andrews AFB where he oversaw the transportation and communication for the President and Vice President of the United States and all Cabinet Members. His other Commands were a Services Sq, a C-5 Sq, C-130 Group, a KC-135 Wing and the USAF Expeditionary Center. He served on the staffs of the Air Mobility Command, Air Staff, Vice Commander 12th AF, Secretary of the Air Force and Joint Chiefs of Staff. MGen Gray has an extensive background working with City, State and Federal Governments.
After retiring from the USAF MGen Gray joined Lockheed Martin and served as the Vice President of F-22 Sustainment, VP Integrated Fighter Group Sustainment and finally as VP of Enterprise Sustainment.
MGen Gray has a BS in Business from the University of Alabama, a MS in Aviation Management form Embry- Riddle, a MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College and graduated from the Senior Executive Fellows course at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. Additionally he has received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Thomas Edison State University and the University of Alabama.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Lourake, U.S. Air Force (Ret), Vice President of Operations
Lt Col Andrew Lourake was raised in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. He graduated from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida, after high school he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He was commissioned as an Air Force 2 Lt through the University’s AFROTC program. Lt Col Lourake earned a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University.
Lt Col Lourake earned his pilot wings after graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, Texas. Following C-5 Training School at Altus AFB, OK he was assigned to the 3rd Airlift Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Delaware. During his 6 years assigned to Dover AFB, Lt Col Lourake set many milestones – becoming an Aircraft Commander while still a Lieutenant, and being the youngest Captain ever to be the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. Lt Col Lourake served in theater for operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, Provide Comfort, and Restore Hope.
Lt Col Lourake was selected as a Special Air Missions pilot, assigned to the 99th Airlift Squadron, 89th Air Wing, Andrews AFB, Maryland. During his assignment at Andrews, Lt Col Lourake has held the position of Director Commander’s Support Staff, Operations Group Director of Personnel, Chief of Training, Chief of Squadron Operations Center, Computer Workgroup Manager, and Scheduler, Chief, Commander’s Action Group, and Director of Staff.
Lt Col Lourake is a Senior Pilot with over 4,500 flying hours logged in the T-37, T-38, C-5A, C-5B, VC-9C and C-20. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, AF Longevity Service, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol), AF Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait. He is married to the former Lisa Ann Malek of St. Petersburg Florida.
Lt Col Lourake retired from active duty where he last served as the Director of Plans and Programs under the Air Force District of Washington, and Special Air Missions pilot at Andrews Air Force Base. After his release from active duty, Andrew entered the veteran centric non-profit arena, working for Veterans Airlift Command, and Operation Second Chance, where he held the positions of Veteran Outreach Director for both. He is currently a corporate pilot, and sits on the Board or Directors at Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, and Operation Second Chance.
Lieutenant Colonel Reid Carlock, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), Vice President of Research
Reid has over forty years of leadership and management experience in the Marine Corps and business organizations. On active duty, he commanded numerous combat arms and training units in peacetime and combat from platoon through battalion level. Highly experienced in infantry operations, reconnaissance, intelligence, combined arms operations, and strategic/operational level planning. Two tours in VietNam with U.S. Marines and VietNamese Marines. Later he served as an electrical engineering Instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy teaching basic electrical circuit, radar antenna, radio frequency (RF) propagation, communications (AM, FM, and digital), and integrated circuit theory. Following active duty, he continued with DoD as a contractor supporting five unified commands (U.S. Central Command, Special Operations Command, European Command, Transportation Command, and Southern Command). Since 9/11, he’s deployed seven times to the Middle East supporting U.S. and Coalition forces in Operations Enduring/Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn at multiple locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, and Djibouti.
Reid initially began working with CWVC in 2011 as a volunteer facilitating joint research initiatives with academia in preparation for the Alaskan Denali Expedition in June/July 2011. Since then, he’s supported/participated in our SCUBA Challenges from 2012 on and continues to support other challenges as needed. From December 2017 to November 2019, he served as Vice President (for Operations). Commencing November 2019, his efforts will be focused on expanding CWVC support for medical research efforts through CWVC Challenges.
Deborah K. Pawlowski, IRC, Former U.S. Army Captain, Secretary
Deb is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. While stationed in Germany with the United States Army, she held the positions of Platoon Leader of the 36 personnel 574th Service Support Company, Class III POL, at a major petroleum supply point; and Adjutant of the 1200+ personnel 51st Maintenance Battalion, 21st Support Command.
Back in the U.S.A. at Fort Riley, Kansas, she held the positions of Division Property Book Officer (DPO) for the 1st Infantry Division; Battalion S-4 (Logistics and Supply Officer) for the 1st Forward Support Battalion; and Commander of the 172d Ordnance Detachment, 1st Infantry Division, an air defense system maintenance detachment. Ultimately, she achieved the rank of Captain, Quartermaster Corps.
Deborah is the founder of Kei Advisors, an investor relations and business advisory firm, and currently serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She has more than thirty years of experience in investor relations, marketing, strategic planning and management.
Deborah received her B.S. in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and her M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), past President of the NIRI Virtual Chapter and current Advocacy Ambassador for the NIRI Virtual Chapter. Ms. Pawlowski passed the inaugural NIRI Investor Relations Charter exam in March 2016, earning the right to use the Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential. She also serves as President of the West Point Society of Western New York, is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Virtual Chapter, and leads the Founding Committee of the Western New York Investors Conference.
Colonel Maren Calvert, J.D., U.S. Air Force (Ret), Treasurer
Maren and her family participated in the June 2018 annual SCUBA Challenge in Key West and she was elected Asst. Treasurer in December 2018.
Maren is currently an attorney for the Horenstein Law Group in Vancouver, WA. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, The UCLA School of Law, the Judge Advocate General’s Staff Officer Course, and Georgetown University (for a post-graduate Legislative Affairs certificate). Prior to retirement in August 2018, Maren served as Senior Air Staff Counsel for the Air Force Review Boards Agency. Maren also served as Congressional Assistant for the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Manpower & Reserve Affairs; as Associate General Counsel for Secretary of the Air Force, Office of General Counsel; and as Air Staff Counsel for the Air Force Administrative Law Directorate.
Maren is a certified SCUBA diver and a licensed attorney in the states of Washington, California, Hawaii and (soon) Oregon.
Wendy Westbrook, Creative Director/Public Relations
Wendy brings 25+ years of branding, design, and web development experience to CWVC. She is an expert in social media and best Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices. Her professional design career began at a children’s publishing company in New York City and she now owns her own firm, where she creates, plans and manages branding strategies for clients all over the planet. Wendy comes from a military family, and is the proud mother of a combat veteran. She began volunteering her time to families of the fallen, and wounded veterans when her son enlisted. She is very honored to have been part of a Gold Star family for three years. Her late boyfriend was the father of FMF Corpsman James Ray “Doc” Layton, KIA 08 Sept 2009 in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, in an ambush/battle that produced two Medal of Honor recipients as well as other numerous awards for bravery shown by all involved. She still participates in annual events with her Gold Star family and works with other families of fallen heroes to help them in any way she can.
Captain David R. Olson, U.S. Navy (Ret), Director & Founder
David retired from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and has remained active in the local community. He started a Boy Scout Troop for his local church and served as Scoutmaster of another. He founded SCUBAnauts International in 2001, a marine sciences program that introduces young men and women, ages 12-18, to informal science education through underwater exploration and has led over eight underwater research expeditions with SCUBAnauts throughout the Florida Keys, Bahamas and Hawaii.
In 2010, David founded the non-profit Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge program to improve the lives of our wounded and injured military veterans through rehabilitative, high-adventure challenges, and therapeutic outdoor recreational activities while conducting scientific research studies to speed their recovery and that of their families. He has led over twenty-five expeditions to further this research and treatment associated with prosthetics, Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
David has also served as a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, providing admissions guidance to high school candidates interested in pursuing a degree from the U.S. Naval Academy with a commission as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. He also serves on both Florida Senator Bill Nelson’s and Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ Naval Academy nomination screening boards.
Captain Dominic Gorie, U.S. Navy (Ret), Director & Executive Committee
Dom attended the United States Naval Academy where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering. He received his Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee. Dom became a Naval Aviator in 1981 and participated in Operation DESERT STORM, flying 38 combat missions. In 1992, he received orders to U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs. Dom has accumulated over 6,700 hours in more than 35 aircraft and has over 600 carrier landings.
Selected as an Astronaut Candidate by NASA in December 1994, Dom reported to Johnson Space Center in March 1995. Dom served as a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control for numerous Space Shuttle flights, and later was Chief of the Astronaut Shuttle Branch. A veteran of four space flights, Dom has logged over 47 days in space. He served as pilot aboard STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000, and was the Shuttle Commander on STS-108 in 2001 and STS-123 in 008. Dom Gorie retired from NASA in 2010.