Do you like hockey, the Marine Corps, and business management? If you do, Ronald Fowlkes’s Medium blog is the place to go. He frequently writes about his passion for hockey, the changing environment of the sport and its best players and teams. Although he was a marine himself and fought during the First Gulf War he describes how fighting in hockey is no longer important to the games strategy or the teams effectiveness. However, he does explain how fighting to defend your teammates will always be a part of hockey and most team sports. It not only develops trust, team building and camaraderie, but it also strengthens the entire teams resolve to do its best to win as a team.
Ronald Fowlkes began his career of serving his country in 1989. He joined the Marine Corps School of Infantry and became a United States marine. He served for four years and took part in some of the deadliest combat situations during the Gulf War. Due to his excellent tactical skills and leadership qualities he was promoted twice. Ronald learned a lot as a marine such as, engineering, organisation skills and became a role model to the younger men in his company.
After leaving the marines, he became a member of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). This organization went ahead of US troops, sometimes behind enemy lines and located and disarmed enemy IED’s. Ronald’s training and experience as a marine helped JIEDDO develop its teams to become more efficient at finding enemy bombs and improvised explosive devices. Ronald knew how the enemy thought and acted so his intuition was essential for JIEDDO’s strategies and practices.
When Ronald returned to his home town of St. Luis Missouri he joined the St. Luis Metropolitan Polcie Department and served them for ten years. During these years he became a team leader for the department’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). He and his team would take down gangs, narcotics rings and take part in over 250 high-risk entries and hostage situations each and every year. After ten years, Ronald joined the St. Luis County Police Department and investigated gang violence on his own. His knowledge and experience allowed him to crack down on gang related activity in his community and over the years he has greatly improved his local town.
Recently, Ronald Fowlkes purchased part of FirstSpear, and tactical gear manufacturing company close to Ronald heart. Ronald used FirstSpear products as a marine and later as a police officer and SWAT instructor for the St. Luis Police. He not only partly owns FirstSpear, but also is the Director of Business Development. Prior to his ownership of FirstSpear he was the Director of Business Development for Eagle Industries Unlimited, another tactical and outdoor equipment manufacturer. His vast experience and dedicated to protecting his family, community and country have earned him immense respect and appreciation from everyone that knows him.