Eddie Ray, Co-Founder Colonel (ret.) Eddie Ray spearheaded the 1st Marine Regiment’s charge to Baghdad as commander of the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance (LAR) Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Col. Ray is a decorated veteran of Operation Desert storm. He was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in Operation Desert Storm. It is not often that you will find a fierce war fighter, leader and nurturer in a single package. He is the embodiment of the modern-day Marine Corps.