Bob Sebastian enlisted in the United States Army in May of 1983. Following the completion of One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington where he completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program. Then, SPC was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment. SPC Sebastian conducted himself with the upmost honor and integrity throughout his service to the 75th Ranger Regiment. While conducting a jungle training exercise in Panama, SPC Sebastian injured his right knee. SPC Sebastian continued to selflessly serve the 2nd Ranger Battalion; however, due to complications of his injury, SPC Sebastian was honorably discharged from the military in February 1986. Since his separation from the military, Bob Sebastian’s life of living the Ranger Creed has been nothing short of exemplary. In 1999, Bob purchased his first auto repair shop. Over the next 14 years he was able to expand to nine locations with almost 100 employees. He vowed to give back to the community by setting the example for others to follow. Over the years Bob was able to give free oil changes to anyone who donated to the local food shelf, free oil changes for donations to a local police department in order to purchase two working dogs, sponsor several school sports teams, as well as provide donations to many other local charities. Because of his desire to give back to the 75th Ranger Regiment, on 09 April 2011 Bob placed 2 care packages in the mail with CSM Merritt’s name on them. His goal was to do this every other week. After just one month of mailing Rangers care packages he founded Helping Out Our American Heroes (H.O.O.A.H) with the help of his wife, Melissa Sebastian, Ranger Rocky Otte and his wife Diane Otte and Ranger Brett Beaudette and his wife Cathy Beaudette. The foundation quickly began to grow and continues to support all of the military while also still supporting the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Brian (Gonzo) Ganhs
My name is Ricky Pina, born in 1968 in Chicago Heights, IL, lived in Chicago as a child then returned to Chicago Heights until graduation from high school. I currently live in Rapid City, Michigan with my wife, Laura, of 28 years, as well as, we have our son, Jacob 22, who lives with us as well. We have a second son, Stephen 27, who lives near us with his girlfriend, Catherine, and our grandson, Trenton 4. I am in my 15th year of teaching and currently serve as a special education teacher in Bellaire, Michigan and have taught in Illinois, Georgia, and South Dakota. Additional professional work experience consists of working with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Patient Advocate in Sturgis, South Dakota, Residential Counselor in Spearfish, South Dakota, Boot Camp Supervisor in LaPorte, IN, Security Screener for Homeland Security in Traverse City, MI, and Veterans Claims Representative in Chicago, IL. I served in the Army for 11 years with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for 3 years, LRSD with the 2nd ID in South Korea as a LRSD team leader & assistant team leader, and 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY as a squad leader. I achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant while earning the CIB, EIB, Parachutist Badge with Combat Jump, and British & South Korean Jump Wings. I have deployed to Panama, Haiti, Egypt, South Korea, and several other countries for combat and humanitarian operations. I am a third generation paratrooper as my father served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and grandfather, a former POW, with the 101st Airborne in WWII. I am currently working on my Doctorate Degree in Special Education with Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. I possess two Master Degrees, one in Special Education and second, a Specialist Degree, in Educational Leadership & Administration. I earned my undergraduate degree in special education at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. I hold professional teaching licenses with Michigan, South Dakota, and Department of Defense Education Activity. I specialize in working with individuals with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities, as well as, endorsements in Early Childhood, Reading, and Science.