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 Chris Benedetto, born in Lewiston, ME 1972 and was raised in Livermore Falls, Me. After graduating high school, I decided to take a “gap” year…for about 2 years. During that time I worked for various mom and pop shops and in a small manufacturing facility. In August of 1993 I enlisted in the US Army and completed basic training and AIT at Ft. Sill, OK. Upon completion of AIT I was stationed at the Ledward Kaserne, Schweinfurt, Germany 5/41 FA. From Germany, I was then assigned to 1st Cavalry, Ft. Hood, TX where I was honorably discharged as a SPC (e-4). After the military, I traveled back to Maine and worked at a large laminate factory for 8 years. During this time, I was recruited by the company's emergency response team to assist with chemical spills, firefighting, confined space rescue and medical first response. I advanced to assistant chief, then chief and training officer. Outside of work I would spend time walking dogs at the local animal shelter. In 2006, I was offered an amazing opportunity to utilize my emergency response skills in a call center assisting large retailers with proper hazardous waste storage and virtual emergency response management. Since then I have managed various call centers and currently work for Semper Solaris as Director of Call Center Services. Since moving to California I have volunteered at the Oceanside Humane Society and was a Big Brother (San Diego) for 3 years. One of my favorite activities is camping with my wife and daughter.