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The Team

Jamahl Labbe

President, Founder

Jamahl retired from the United States Army in March of 2016 after 20+ years of service. Throughout his career he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment <3>, Stryker Infantry Brigades, and the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG). He has participated in numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Jamahl worked closely, and deployed with retired Law Enforcement professionals on his last assignment within AWG. Why did Jamahl start Project Overwatch? Jamahl’s words.

“When I watched how the events of Ferguson and Baltimore effected my brothers at AWG it provoked me. I respected these men, I deployed with them! Many of my old Soldiers went to law enforcement after they got out.”

“The more I saw, the more I wanted to do something, but I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to get in the fight, Project Overwatch was my method.”

“I believe there is a a lot of connective tissue between the Veteran and Police Officer service to country and community. We Support and Defend and they Protect and Serve.”

Mac

Vice President

Mac is currently Active Duty, and moonlighting as our VP. He has served in the United States Army for 14 years with numerous conventional units and currently serves on a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Team. He has participated in frequent Iraq and Afghanistan rotations, as well as other foreign partner enabling deployments around the world. Mac’s brother in law is an officer with the New York City Police Department. Why does Mac volunteer? Macs words: “I have deep appreciation for Emergency Responders, especially because of the frequency of personal deployments, they watch my Homefront while I am gone.” “I want to give back to those who give selflessly, every day. It is the right thing to do!”

Marcy HeHnLy

Western Regional Coordinator

Marcy joined the United States Army in 1993 where she served 5 years as a Military Police Officer in Korea and Ft. Benning, GA. After her discharge she joined the Cobb County Police Department in Marietta, GA. While working as an officer, she served in various capacities. She was a patrolman, field training officer, a narcotics agent, and a recruiter/background investigator. She retired from the agency in 2008. She now works as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Utah Valley University.  She has also assisted numerous Utah police agencies  with curriculum development in racial profiling and diversity training.  Why does Marcy volunteer? Marcy’s words:

“These are my brothers and sisters in blue. No one knows hard work, dedication and commitment to what they do unless they have walked a mile in their shoes.”

“If I have a chance to advocate in any way for my family (All those in public safety) then that is what I will do! All public safety employees need to know they are appreciated, they are supported, and that we stand behind their efforts to give back when others only judge their actions.”

Chris Brower

Southern Regional Coordinator

Chris retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service in October 2014. He has served with 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, a Military Transition Team, and the Asymmetric Warfare Group (AWG). He has several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He has deployed and trained with first responders and has numerous friends and former colleagues that are first responders. Why does Chris volunteer? Chris’ words:

“It is a travesty how a society can turn on a very special group of people whose sole purpose is to rush towards danger and selflessly serve those in their community.”

Kurt Deyoe

Mid-Western Regional Coordinator

Kurt was born and raised in South Dakota, he joined the United States Army shortly after high school. During his career he completed several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan serving in various positions, ranging from M1A1 Tank Commander, Platoon Sergeant, and Rifle Company First Sergeant. He retired from the US Army in 2015. Why does Kurt Volunteer? He responded with this quote:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Andrew Wood

Volunteer Coordinator

Andrew Wood, a.k.a “Woodrowe” grew up in a small farming town in western New York. During high school he began service as a volunteer firefighter. Woodrowe enlisted in the United States Army shortly after graduation. He served 4 years as an Infantrymen at a Ft. Lewis, WA Stryker Brigade. He deployed during the pivotal Iraq surge of 2007, earning a purple heart.

After his enlistment, Woodrowe returned to his hometown. He currently serves as an exterior firefighter, while attending college. Why does Woodrowe volunteer? Wood’s words:

“I volunteer because its the right thing to do, the division that plagues this country is sickening!”