HONORING GOD, COUNTRY, AND FAMILIES WHO SERVE

Gary Helming honored as a Fallen Hero

The latest Fallen Hero to be honored at November 6’s Chris Kyle Legendary Classic at Tierra Verde Golf Club, Arlington TX is Californian, Gary Helming. Born on April 14, 1970, Gary developed a keen interest in U.S. military history at a young age and stayed passionate about it through his adult life. This passion is what led him into what would become a 22 year career with the fire service. In 1995, Gary volunteered with the Pine Valley, California Fire Department and then as a seasonal firefighter on the Cleveland NF. He served on engines and crews with the BLM in Colorado, Yosemite National Park and BLM in Ridgecrest, CA before accepting the opportunity to have his own engine with the BLM back in Grand Junction, CO in 2001. Over the next eleven years, Gary split his duties between fire suppression and training. In February, 2005, he and fellow firefighter Andrea Mohrhusen, whom he had met while in Yosemite, joined forces in a beautiful wedding ceremony in Marin County, CA. In 2008, Gary and Andrea’s lives were changed forever (and for the better) with the birth of their son, Riley Jackson Helming. Gary continued his training, becoming qualified as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor (Air Attack), as well as having the honor of becoming a member of the BLM National Honor Guard. Gary lost his life while returning from a Railroad Fire near Yosemite, after completing an Air Attack assignment on August 31, 2017. His professional accolades were numerous. He is survived by his wife Andrea, son Riley (10) and twins Walker and Nalani (18 mos.). Parents, Gary and... Read More

Taya Kyle to feature in 5 city Patriot Tour with Lone Survivor & more

Taya Kyle to feature in 5 city Patriot Tour with Lone Survivor & more Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper, Chris Kyle will embark on a series of events through five cities during October and November as she joins Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and inspirational veterans Chad Fleming and David Goggins on the Patriot Tour. Patriot Tour will begin on October 18 in Oklahoma City, OK at the Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Center, before heading to Indianapolis (October 20), Houston, TX (November 14), Birmingham, AL (November 16) and Denver, COL (November 18 – full listing and venues below). It will be the fourth consecutive year that Ms. Kyle has been part of the Patriot Tour, which brings together the best things in life…. family, service, sacrifice and community featuring heartfelt speakers each sharing their stories of perseverance and each embodying the fight for freedom, the fight for team and the fight for a rich and vibrant life. Patriot Tour presents an inspirational evening from those who have been on the front line – either in the heat of battle and come through the other side, or like Taya, that have been through the stresses of being a wife and mother back in America while her husband was at the forefront of some of the most ferocious battles in recent history. Patriot Tour is particularly close to Taya’s heart. Prior to Chris’ untimely murder in February 2013, he and Marcus Luttrell conceived the idea of the Patriot Tour while sitting at their ranch over a quiet beer and thinking of ways to inspire the next generation of American leaders. Sadly, Chris never got to see the concept he and Marcus developed come to fruition... Read More

Third Fallen Hero – Stephen ‘Matt’ Mills – SEAL – announced for Chris Kyle Legendary Classic

Third Fallen Hero – Stephen ‘Matt’ Mills – SEAL – announced for Chris Kyle Legendary Classic The third member of the Fallen Heroes that will be honored at the Chris Kyle Legendary Classic on Tuesday November 6 at Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington, TX will be SEAL Team 3 Member, Stephen “Matt” Mills. Born on October 5, 1975, Matt entered in to the Navy in 1997. After bootcamp, he was assigned to a destroyer where he completed two tours. He then attended BUD’s, graduating in class 233. He was assigned to SEAL Team 3 where he completed two combat tours, then decided to screen for DEVGRU. After selection he was assigned to a SEAL Team on the East Coast where he completed 6 combat tours. Matt died on August 6th 2011 from wounds inflicted when his helicopter was shot down in Wardak Province, Afghanistan – ending his career just shy of 16 years of service. If there is one thing to remember about Matt, it is that he was a dedicated, fierce warrior with a heart of gold, a jolly laugh and a loving embrace. He loved being a father, husband, son, brother and cousin. The Fallen Heroes will be honored on all 18 holes of the Tierra Verde Golf Club – which is the home of the Chris Kyle Legendary Classic, taking place for the second time this year. The event raises funds for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to enact its mission to Honor GOD, Country and Families who serve. The Foundation is focused on changing the world for this generation and the next by recognizing and strengthening military and first responder marriages through unique programs and powerful partnerships. It was launched on Veterans Day in 2014 by Taya... Read More

Christopher A Celiz to be honored as Fallen Hero at Chris Kyle Legendary Classic

Christopher A Celiz to be honored as Fallen Hero at Chris Kyle Legendary Classic Christopher A. Celiz is the second Hero that will be honored at the Chris Kyle Legendary Classic Golf tournament to be held at Tierra Verde Golf Club, Arlington TX on Tuesday,  November 6. Sgt. Celiz enlisted in the Army in September of 2007. After completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Calvary Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, as a combat engineer and a team leader. Also during his time at Fort Hood, he was transferred to Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion as a team leader. He was selected to serve with the 75th Ranger Regiment in 2013 as a combat engineer. He was on his fifth deployment with 1st Bn., 75th Rgr. Rgt. when he was wounded by enemy small arms fire in the Paktiya province. He was evacuated to the nearest medical treatment center, but later died from his injuries. Celiz, an Army Ranger, was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, at the time of his death on July 12 this year. Chris was a loving husband and father. He served our country with great passion and his positive attitude inspired so many of those that served with him. The Chris Kyle Legendary Classic will honor 18 heroes from the military and first responder corps in the leadup to and right through the Golf Tournament that will form part of the City of Arlington’s Veterans Day Week activities. Team places and sponsorships for the Chris Kyle Legendary Classic are still available, but are filling quickly. You can... Read More

Andy Loller announced as first Fallen Hero for Chris Kyle Legendary Classic

Andy Loller announced as first Fallen Hero for Chris Kyle Legendary Classic Richard “Andy” Loller is the first of the 18 ‘Fallen Heroes’ that will be honored at the 2018 Chris Kyle Legendary Golf Classic to be held at Tierra Verde Golf Club, Arlington, TX on Tuesday, November 6. Born on February 26, 2976, Andy started his fire service as a volunteer firefighter at Hudson Oaks Fire Department, Texas in 2002. Shortly after, he attended fire academy at Weatherford College and became a paid firefighter at Hudson Oaks in 2005. Andy rose to the rank of Lieutenant/EMT before he transitioned to Weatherford Fire Department in 2013 as a firefighter. On June 10, 2018, Andy was on a wildfire deployment scouting a fire line in the mountains of Fort Davis, TX. While hiking the fire line near the top of the mountain with his crew, Andy suffered from a medical emergency. The wildland crew cleared trees on the top of the mountain and he was airlifted to the hospital in Alpine and stabilized. Andy was then placed on a fixed wing aircraft and flown to Odessa for additional care. While on the flight Andy went into cardiac arrest and despite the valiant efforts of his wildland crew and all medical staff involved, he succumbed to his injury. Andy was a craftsman of the fire service and a true servant at work and home. He was a loving husband, father and brother. Andy was also an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting. The Chris Kyle Legendary Classic will honor 18 heroes from the military and first responder corps in the leadup to and right through the Golf Tournament that will... Read More