Chief Warrant Officer Five Doug Frank, US Army (Retired)
Doug served in uniform for 38 years, the last 29 years as a Green Beret in Special Forces. He has led small teams of Green Berets, served in key and critical staff positions, and advised commanders at all levels within the regiment during peace and war. Doug has experienced numerous overseas deployments including Operation Just Cause, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and various Mobile Training Teams plus Joint and Combined Exercise and Training missions throughout Central and South America. Doug was selected to serve as the Command Chief Warrant Officer at both Brigade and Command levels in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Warfare Training Group, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and the US Army Special Forces Command (Airborne). Since his retirement from the Army, Doug has continued to show support for the Special Forces through his active involvement with the Special Forces Association and serving on the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Legacy Group. In 2017, Doug was chosen to serve as the Honorary Warrant Officer of the Special Forces Regiment where he continues to serve as a “Grey Beard” mentor to active duty Special Forces Soldiers, contributing to working groups and serving on panels discussing issues that impact the Special Operations community. Doug is currently the Director of Operations of The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT).
Colonel Pete von Jess, US Army (Retired)
Pete is a Green Beret who served in the US Army active and reserve components for 22 years including tours with the USAJFKSWC, 7th SFG(A), and 11th SFG(A). He has served in Korea, Honduras, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Afghanistan. Pete is a serial entrepreneur whose companies include USfalcon, Inc. and Greyhawk Ventures LLC. He served as Director of Business Development at Computer Sciences Corporation and as Program Manager at General Dynamics Corporation. Pete is a Knight Commander and the Chancellor of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and is a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Pete is the former Vice Commander of Legion Post 178, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pete holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Eastern New Mexico University and a Masters of Science in Applied Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Joint Forces Staff College. Pete is a notable supporter of the Special Forces Association and philanthropist to numerous charitable organizations who support US Army Special Forces Green Berets including both the Green Beret Foundation (GBF) and The Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT).
Jean earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and subsequently earned a Master’s degree and passed the CPA exam. During her work career, she built a strong accounting foundation working in a Big 5 audit firm, as well as working in the internal audit department of a large retail company. In recent years, she was engaged as the VP of Finance and Controller for a defense contractor where she managed the month end close, the budget and forecast, as well as month end reporting and analysis. She believes in providing solid accounting to ensure good business decisions. Currently, in addition to working part time, she is volunteering her time as treasurer for two nonprofit organizations. In her spare time, Jean and her husband enjoy running, hiking and reading.