JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) welcomes to its board of directors four new members with the appointments of Lt. Gen. (ret) Richard Tryon, the Honorable Juan Garcia, Mr. Ken Fisher, and Dr. Jonathan Woodson, and plans to appoint additional members in the new year.
"Our newest board members bring a broad range of valuable experience: from military, business, and nonprofit to government, education, and medicine," said Mike Linnington, WWP chief executive officer. "I look forward to working closely with our new board members, gaining their valuable insights, learning from their experiences, and furthering our efforts to connect, serve, and empower our warriors." Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975. During his 40-year career in the Marine Corps, Tryon participated in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort, and completed overseas assignments in Japan, Germany, and Iraq. He served as Commanding General 2 nd Marine Division (Camp Lejeune), and Commanding General of the Multinational Force - West ( Iraq). He also served as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe until retiring in 2014. Tryon is currently the Senior Fellow in International Leadership at the Hicks Honors College, University of North Florida. The Honorable Juan Garcia is the Global Leader for Career Advancement at Amazon, a company which this year pledged to hire 25,000 additional veterans and military spouses over the next five years. Garcia recently served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 2009 to 2015, where he was responsible for all matters pertaining to manpower and personnel policy within the Department of the Navy (DoN). Secretary Garcia also served as a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2009. Garcia is a second-generation Naval Aviator who completed deployments in the Persian Gulf and the Western Pacific. He served as a flight instructor at NAS Corpus Christi, and continues to command a reserve unit at Naval Station Kitsap. Mr. Ken Fisher is chairman and chief executive officer of the Fisher House Foundation, where he oversees a network of 71 Fisher Houses in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The foundation houses more than 30,000 families each year, while their loved ones are treated at major military and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Mr. Fisher is also a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, where he manages, markets, and leases a portfolio of more than 6.5 million square feet of commercial space around the country, including New York City and Washington DC. Fisher received the U.S. Army's highest civilian honor, the George C. Marshall Medal, in 2009. In 2015, Fisher was chosen as an inaugural recipient of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize exceptional citizens who provide opportunities and support to American veterans.