Aaron “Chewwie” Kubatka

I grew up hunting and fishing in western Pennsylvania before entering the Air Force in 1996 at the age of 18 from Pittsburgh, PA.  I was initially an Avionics Guidance and Control Journeyman my first three years and then cross trained in to be a C-17A Loadmaster.  I was a Loadmaster for 18 of my 21 years in the AF and spent 15 years in special operations aviation.  My last 12 years of special ops service was spent right here at Pope AAF directly supporting SOF operations around the world.  I have been involved with Patriot Hunts since 2015 and it has given me the opportunity to continue supporting SOF warriors through the brotherhood of the outdoors.

Nick Marinelli

Nicks 1st Drum We are proud to welcome Nick Marinelli to the Patriot Hunts family as our new Southeast Regional Director. Nick brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. He is the co-owner of Mossy Oak Properties Land and Luxury, which brokers high end properties throughout the Southeast.  In addition to running a successful business, he has hunted all over the country. Nick’s responsibilities include working with sponsors, potential donors, and landowners. He has been vital in helping Patriot Hunts secure hunting opportunities, equipment and donations that are all used in our Outdoor Adventures. We are fortunate to have him on board.


Bob Lacey

bob-lacey-1 bob-lacey-2Enjoys hunting, offshore fishing and volunteering
Retired from the Army after 20yrs at FT Bragg, NC

David Hubbard

staff-david-hubbard-1 As the owner of a family owned business, I staff-david-hubbard-2have seen many changes throughout Ft. Bragg & Fayetteville over the years. Ft. Bragg has had a great impact on Fayetteville not only throughout the private sector, but business as well. We pride ourselves on the fact we serve not only the citizens of Fayetteville, but the military community as well. We have been fortunate to have been in business as long as we have, and I felt the need and honor to give back to the military families that have given so much, not only to this community, but to this country.

Robert Walker

robert-walkerSFC, HHC 525th BFSB 19.5 YEARS
Brigade Fire Support NCO

After eighteen years of military service, I was injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. I was awarded the Purple Heart and sent home to deal with the recovery process that is still very much a part of my life today. I went into social seclusion and really didn’t want to be around anyone except my wife and children. The struggles we faced during the time immediately following the deployment were dark times for everyone. I had no real hobbies and couldn’t find solace even in sleep. I was invited by Mr. Barnard to go on a bear hunting trip on the coast of North Carolina. I wasn’t too sure about it at first and was very cautious to even take him up on the offer. That was a trip that changed my life. Not only because of the hunting, but because of the fellowship. Meeting other Soldiers that had lost so much, but could laugh so hard. Meeting Families and becoming part of one. Patriot Hunts isn’t just a hunting group, it is a selfless organization that taught me I wasn’t alone, that my Family wasn’t alone and we could be part of something far bigger than ourselves. From volunteering at Surviving Family events to Kids Day, I cannot think of a safer place to be than with the Patriot Hunt Families. My wife and children love to come along and help out, we always know it will be a fun experience with lifetime memories. If it wasn’t for Ken and the boys, Pam and the Families, I am not sure where we would be today.

Jason Thomas

jason-thomas Jason Thomas is a Chief Warrant Officer 2 jason-thomas2assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (A).  He has spent the last 10 yrs as a member of the Special Forces Regiment. Jason has deployed to Afghanistan on 6 combat rotations with 3rd SFG (A) where he has served in many roles, the latest as an Assistant Detachment Commander. Jason is a native of Phenix City Alabama.  He is married to Melissa Thomas and has 3 children, Jared, Kyleigh, and Jacob.

Stan Millwood

  • staff-stan-millwoodAvid Duck, Deer, and Bear Hunter. Loves to catch anything that bites a hook.
  • 22 years between 82nd ABN and Special Operations
  • Retired from USASOC


Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for our Wounded Warriors, and Gold Star children of fallen heroes. With all of us sportsman and Patriots working together, we truly can make a difference in the life of a soldier who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf. These men and women have not only paid a physical and mental price, some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. The cost of freedom is not measured in dollars, and it is paid for by patriots in our armed forces, by their courage, their commitment, and their willingness to stand in harms way for this country.

Stepping up and either volunteering or through your generous donations we can give back to the children of our fallen brothers, and help give them the guidance that their parent they have lost would have loved to be here to do. So it is with great pride and honor that we even have this opportunity and accept this challenge to reach out a helping hand.

The thought of a single Gold Star child being forgotten, and never having the opportunity to witness a sunrise from a duck blind, or hear a turkey gobble after flying down from the roost, or see a flock of geese fly over a deer stand while hunting, is just heartbreaking, so help us to make that dream come true for these deserving kids that have been devastated by lose, by donating.

Helping to empower Gold Star Children of fallen heroes through outdoor therapy. 

By supporting this effort, your giving so many deserving kids an opportunity to experience things through hunting & fishing they may have never been given the chance to.

Take the time to help give back to those soldiers who have sacrificed so much.


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