HOPLITE GROUP

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Milton Bearden, 

Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Milt Bearden is a thirty-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine services. He was the chief of the Soviet/East European Division at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a Station Chief in Pakistan, he armed and trained the Afghan mujahideen who overthrew the Soviets. The CIA honored Milt with its highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is the recipient of the prestigious Donovan award.

 

Mr. Bearden is the President of AM&M Enterprises and is an accomplished business entrepreneur, author, and film advisor.

Charles T.Cleveland

Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Lieutenant General Cleveland retired as the Commander of the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command. LTG (R) Cleveland commanded the Special Operations Command-Central (SOCCENT), with responsibility for special operations throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, and Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), focused on the Caribbean and Central and South America.

 

He is currently the Senior Mentor to the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, a Senior Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, a Senior Fellow at the Monroe Policy Forum, and Adjunct at Rand. He serves on the Advisory Board of the nonprofit Spirit of America Foundation.

Eric Fiel, 
Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel retired as the Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Hurlburt Field, Fla. General Fiel entered the Air Force in 1981 as a graduate of Officer Training School. He has held a variety of assignments and has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.

 

Additionally, he has held a variety of staff positions at major command, unified command, Air Staff and Secretary of the Air Force levels. Prior to his assignment as AFSOC Commander, he was the Vice Commander, Headquarters U.S. Special Operations Command, Washington, D.C.. 

Peter Bergen, 
Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Peter Bergen is the Vice President at New America Foundation, CNN's national security analyst, the professor of practice at the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University, a print and television journalist, documentary producer, and the author of five books, three of which were New York Times best-sellers and four of which The Washington Post named among the nonfiction books of the year.

 

The books have been translated into 20 languages and have been turned into three documentaries. Two of the latter were nominated for Emmys, and one of them received the award.

Major General (ret) Rich Comer leads our board of advisors. Gen Comer flew Air Force helicopters, seeing combat in Southeast Asia, Southwest Asia, the Balkans, and in Operation Just Cause. He commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels.

 

He was the deputy commander of Joint Special Operations Command, Vice Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Director of Policy and Planning, for U.S. Northern Command, and the Director of the Coalition Coordination Center at Central Command. He has been inducted in the Air Commando Hall of Fame.

Richard Comer, 
Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Chief Master Sergeant (ret) Bill Turner a member of our board of advisors. Until recently, he was our VP of Government Services and was is responsible for the oversight and direction of our U.S. government projects.

 

Bill served 30 years in the United States Air Force, with 21 years of that time in Air Force Special Operations Command. He flew AC-130H Spectre Gunships and AC-130U Spooky Gunships as an aerial gunner, seeing combat in Bosnia, Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

 

Bill has served in numerous key strategic positions in the Department of Defense, including nearly 3 ½ years as the command chief master sergeant of Air Force Special Operations Command and, most recently, as the command senior enlisted leader of United States Transportation Command.

Bill Turner, 
Senior Member - Board of Advisors

Mark “Droopy” Clark, 
Member - Board of Advisors

Major General Clark retired as the Commander of United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC). General Clark also served as the Chief of Staff and Director of Operations at the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

 

Not long after 9/11, he deployed in support of Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-South (K-Bar), as current operations officer, then to the Combined Joint Force Special Operations Command in Qatar, as the Joint Operations Center chief. Droopy earned his naval aviator wings in 1983 and served as an exchange pilot with the Air Force Special Operations Command’s 20th Special Operations Squadron.

Ed Bachl, 
Member - Board of Advisors

Ed Bachl is the CEO of Vykin Corporation, an award winning industry leader in information technology, intelligence, and cyber security to a variety of clients. Ed is a senior executive with over 25 years of global operational, strategy and executive experience in the defense market space, with an operational footprint in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

 

He served with distinction in the military, in a variety of positions, retiring after a remarkable career that culminated with Ed holding senior positions in intelligence and public affairs, including command and staff postings.

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