Served in in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2006. 2 combat deployment 2 Iraq with H&S Company, CSSB-7, CSSB-12 as convoy security. I went all the way from Basra to Camp Chesty, Camp Coyote, Hiditha Dam, Baghdad and Fallujah, Tikrit to Al-Asad, and Al-kut.
Expert Badge (2nd Award)
Navy And Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat V
Combat Action Ribbon (Iraq)
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/1 star)
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
100 percent total and permanently disabled veteran. Was a homeless veteran for 2 years before getting back on my feet. Been clean since 2009 and sober since 2017. Have been through several cognitive therapy session and spoke with veterans I served with on a weekly basis to help cope. This will be the first turkey hunt I've been on and am extremely grateful and humbled that i will be apart of such a great organization. Was in oil and gas for 13 years before retiring (medically) and love working as project manager overseeing quality control on a daily bases.
Enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in April 1998. Attended boot camp in San Diego, California in August 1998. Graduated as a Private First Class in November 1998.
PFC Novak attended Field Radio Operator School in 29 Palms, California for 12 weeks. He received orders to the Fleet Marine Force, sent to 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
While stationed in Camp Lejeune he completed 2 deployments on the USS Shreveport and USS Nashville. During this time he was part of the Bosnia/Kosovo NATO Peacekeeping Force, participated in Operation Bright Star, Egypt.
Upon Returning to the United States, CPL Novak re-enlisted and was sent to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. During this time he participated in the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and re-deployed in 2004 to Ramadi, Iraq. Upon returning to the United States he was promoted to Sergeant and attended Marine Corps Recruiters School in 2005.
Once completion of Recruiters School he received orders to Recruiting Station Chicago; sub Station RSS Naperville. During his time as a recruiter he successfully placed quality Males and Females in the US Marine Corps and was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
Upon completion of Recruiting Duty in 2008 he received orders to 29 Palms, California to 1st Battalion 7th Marines. In 2008 he deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. During his deployment to Afghanistan he served at many Forward Operating Bases and was Comm. Chief for 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Upon arrival back to the United States he finished his last enlistment and was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 2013.
During his time as US Marine he has been awarded many awards and accolades. He has been awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat V, Two Combat Action Ribbons, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, as well as various Service and Unit Awards.
He currently resides in Plano, Texas. Works as a Building Engineer for one of the Major Leading Data Centers in the United States. In his off time he enjoys supporting Veteran Organizations such as Hunting with Soldiers and the American Legion. He is an avid Bowler, Hunter, Bass Fisherman, and Harley Davidson Rider.
Master Sergeant Kristopher K. Parker served as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Craftsman. MSgt Parker was responsible for responding to and rendering safe weapons of mass destruction, unexploded ordnance, and aerospace emergencies involving explosives. Master Sergeant Parker certified the EOD flight was properly trained and equipped for world-wide deployments. He also ensured over $3M in EOD assets was world-wide deployable at a moment’s notice. Finally, he provided EOD support to the US Secret Service in protection of the President of The United States and other dignitaries anywhere in the world, and to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) responsible for finding and repatriating missing service members from previous battlefields. Master Sergeant Parker grew up in Carlsbad, NM and entered the Air Force as an Airman Basic in April 2003. Upon graduating Basic Military Training he attended Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School in 2003, subsequently graduated as an EOD apprentice on 30 April 2004. Since then, Master Sergeant Parker has deployed 4 times in support of Operations Iraqi & Enduring Freedom and completed a JPAC mission to Xepon, Laos. All four deployments were direct combat missions in support of 3rd Infantry Division, 29th Infantry Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and NATO Allied Forces. During his last deployment to Afghanistan, MSgt Parker was wounded in action by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast and multiple Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) blasts during an intense 9-hour enemy engagement of a known enemy stronghold in Kandahar Province Afghanistan. For his actions during the enemy Engagement, Sergeant Parker was awarded the Silver Star Medal. After being wounded in Afghanistan, Master Sergeant Parker was moved to Joint Base San Antonio Lackland AFB, TX for further TBI treatment and rehabilitation. Master Sergeant Parker was medically retired from active military duty in April of 2016. Sergeant Parker now resides in Abilene, TX with his wife Zuzana and their two sons Damien (12) and Logan (6). He is and an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoys teaching his sons how to become lifelong outdoorsmen.