Recon Marine OEF OIF DOD, Sag Actor, Fitness Mentor / Speaker / Partner
In 1998, at the age of twenty-six, Rudy’s desire to serve his country and honor the warrior in himself led him to enlist in the U.S. Marines (USMC). While at Parris Island, he received Honor Man and Iron Man status at both boot camp and the School of Infantry. Due to his fortitude and part luck, he was given the opportunity to try out for the Marine Force Reconnaissance. At that time, this elite commando division maintained only had six companies worldwide.
While the Marines consisted of more than 300,000 men, at that time, only 300 we able to claim the title Force Recon Marine. The schooling and attrition washed out over 90% of those who attended. The next few years were filled with schooling and training, and included Paratrooper Ops, Combatant Diving, Recon and Surveillance, Demolitions, Air Assault, Amphibious Insertions and the illustrious USMC Scout/ Sniper School. This was followed by years of additional training in Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school.
On Sept 11 2001, while based in the Pacific, Rudy was called for his first combat reconnaissance mission; running Counter Sniper and Counter Recon Patrols in non-permissive Jacobabad, Pakistan. This was in preparation for USA's Special Ops insertion to Afghanistan. Once the Afghan War officially started, his team ran operations that located and destroyed Al Qaeda in the Khandahar Valley.
For his second war, Rudy alongside fellow Recon brothers from the illustrious 1st Recon Battalion led the invasion of Iraq. This mission would later be documented in the book Generation Kill, which became the HBO miniseries - Generation Kill.
His last war was by far the most horrific of anything he ever experienced. The Battles of Fallujah and Rahmadhi in 2004 and 2005 took every bit of discipline and fortitude that Rudy and his fellow marines could muster. As a the Senior Team
Leader, Staff Sergeant of the Unit, Rudy was responsible for his team's lives in one of the "Most Dangerous Place in World” as reported by Time Magazine.
While many of his teammates came home, many others did not. For them, he knew that he must always honor his Veteran brothers and sisters no matter what service or theatre they served in.
At the end of his decorated military career, he embarked on a new career. He used his unique skills as a counter-terror contractor for the Department of Defense. He also spent time in Africa were he trained wildlife preserve rangers in anti-poaching tactics.
Today, Rudy is focused on acting and working with his brand partners. He also gives motivational speeches and utilizes his knowledge of fitness to train people during his down time.
Behind the eyes of a true warrior is a warrior's soul. Courage, a passion for life, commitment to help and protect those around him, empathy, a father, a brother, a leader and a teammate, and always humbled... this is Rudy Reyes.
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