John Wayne Troxell is a retired United States Army senior noncommissioned officer who served as the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Troxell served in the United States Army for well over 37 years in numerous units throughout his career. During this time he had five combat tours of duty include making the combat parachute jump and service in Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Troxell’s awards and decorations is far too long to fully list but a few of his accommodations include the Combat Action Badge, the Ranger tab, the Master Parachutist Badge with combat jump star device, the Pathfinder Badge, the Driver Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with silver oak leaf and the Joint Unit Meritorious Unit award with oak leaf device. Since his military retirement, Troxell has opened his own consulting firm, PME Hard Consulting,LLC, and now serves as a strategic advisor and brand ambassador for the US Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes Foundation.
At 33 years of age, Colton T. Smith has competed and won at the highest levels as a Professional Fighter and Combat Athlete. Aside from his illustrious martial arts resume, Colton is still serving his country on Active Duty with 14 years of service as an Infantryman. He is a decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of his notable military career accolades include earning the Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, CIB, EIB, Airborne and Air Assault badges; serving in positions from Rifleman to Company First Sergeant; Special Operations Combatives Instructor, Combatives Master Trainer and Congressional Liaison. Colton also holds the distinction of being only Service-Member to ever fight in the UFC while on Active Duty, thus being crowned “The Ultimate Fighter” in season 16 of the hit reality show. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Combatives Black Belt. Colton is an avid Wrestling, Martial Arts and Combatives coach within his local community. He dedicates much of his free time focusing his efforts on assisting DOD assets and other Government agencies in all facets of resiliency and survivability in this volatile world. Colton bases all of his efforts off of his Christian faith. He currently resides in Virginia with his two sons and daughter.
Jenn Guerrero served in the U.S. Army for 7 years as a Supply Sergeant. She served a 15-month tour with the 165th CSSB in Camp Taji, Iraq, OIF, with honor, from 2008 to 2009. Jenn recently became an ISSA certified personal trainer and is currently training at the Rock Island Fitness Center. Jenn has always had a passion for fitness, but after being diagnosed with PTSD she decided to get into bodybuilding and is now a figure competitor. Jenn's goal is to motivate and inspire others to push themselves to become their best and to promote a healthy, positive mindset and lifestyle.
Staff Sergeant Nathaniel McCory joined the Army on March 18, 2003. After completion of Basic Training, SSG McCory was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in August 2003 for a 12 month tour. A year after returning from his deployment, SSG McCory went through the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP). He deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, 2006, and 2008 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to Iraq in 2007 and 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left active duty in 2010 and entered the Army Reserves. After two years in the Army Reserves, SSG McCory switched to the Iowa Army National Guard as a senior instructor with the the Recruiting Sustainment Program (RSP). He is currently employed full time with Iowa Army National Guard, AGR, as the Assistant Operations NCO. Significant achievements include; Commandants List for Army Warrior Leader Course, and High Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) in Drill Sergeant School; Ranger Indoctrination Program graduate; Combatives Level I certified; Combatives Level II certified; Completed EMT Basic course, and Survival Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) C Graduate, Digital Master Gunner, and Battalion Master Fitness Trainer.
Staff Sergeant Cody N. Alfred enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in the Delayed Entry Program on 25 September 2012. SSgt Alfred attended Marine Combat Training West, Camp Pendleton, CA. In 2014 he volunteered as an augment for the SPMAGTF 14.1 (Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force) and deployed with 3D LAAD BN, Bravo Battery out of Camp Pendleton, CA. During his 6 month deployment he served as a member of the security forces platoon and as a fire team leader for first squad. After returning to garrison for 3 years, He deployed again, this time with SPMAGTF 18.2 CR-CC as a Watch Chief for security forces, Charlie Co, MWSS 371. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on February 1st 2021. SSgt Alfred is currently finishing a tour of Independent Instructor duty in Minneapolis, MN before attending Basic Recruiter Course. His personal drive and love for physical fitness will never be kept internal. In his free time he conducts personal training sessions for both Marines and civilians, as well as teaches nutrition, training and supplement courses. SSgt Alfred currently runs the Body Composition Platoon for his SMCR (selected Marine Corps Reserve) counterparts when they report for drill weekends. Physically training Marines 3 time per day using endurance interval runs as well as HIIT workout plans. Helping 14 Marines meet height and weight standards. Totalling 322lbs of body fat loss between those Marines.
Brandon Blanchard is a Natural Pro Bodybuilder (International Elite Pro IPE). Brandon has served as a police officer of 8 years and a veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard. He was a collegiate wrestler at William Penn University from 2009 to 2013. In addition to be Pro Bodybuilder Brandon has competed in Powerlifting, winning nation and state level competition and setting records in the division he competed in. In 2016 he started his bodybuilding journey and won his pro card in 2020. In his first pro season he took 2nd and 1st place at the IPE North American Pro and St. Louis Natural Classic Pro. During his military service Brandon deployed with the 186 th Military Police Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Additionaly during his time in the military he was named on the commandants list at Basic Leader Course (BLC) and a finalist for Iron Soldier (fittest solider in the class) and was a finalist for the Best Warrior Competition attaining the highest ACFT score in the competition. Brandon is also a defensive tactics instructor in the law enforcement community and serves on his police departments honor guard. Additionaly he is a member of NOBLE (National Organization for black Law Enforcement Executives). Brandon is currently getting his master’s degree in criminal justice with a cognate in law enforcement leadership.