>> Friday, May 24, 2013
"He served as a Clearance Diver in the Royal Australian Navy before transferring to a Special Operations unit within the Australian Army where he worked as a sniper. Following the completion of military service, Damien joined a Private Military Organisation tasked with retraining the future police of Iraq. He eventually moved to the position of Project Manager, overseeing daily operations of the Iraq Special Police Training Academy in Baghdad, before working alongside the US Army Core of Engineers, involved with reconstruction efforts.
Damien returned home to Australia from Iraq in 2008 after three years service. Arriving in Africa at the beginning of 2009, the intention was to apply his background skills to wildlife protection and conservation. After traveling the Southern half of the continent he came to rest in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
It was in Zimbabwe that he realised he could not turn his back on the decimation poaching was having on wildlife populations. Incensed by the lack of resources made available to combat the problem he founded the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), designed to counteract the bloodshed through assertive action and specialist tactics & training. He has since been working very closely with other conservation organizations with similar objectives.
Together with Jason Hartman, Damien is also a director of Conservation Guardians, an association based out of the Principality of Monaco with the mission to protect and conserve wildlife and bring support to communities. His partnership in Rock 'n Ride 4 Rhino is a natural extension of his conservation work."
Most would call that heroic enough... But there's more. Much, much more:
In an age where so many wanna-be "men" are revving up their bravado with a bully's fist aimed against the innocent and helpless, here comes this authentic champion equipped and able to fight for justice and compassion!
I'm too overwhelmed to verbalize the inspiration and respect I have for this larger-than-life Modern Warrior. Just being introduced to him was a gift...
Thanks CQ for the tip on the best vegan story I've heard/posted in a long time! ;)