Current Leadership

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President

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Bill Covington

Bill is the current President for the Wolfpack Association - he is the former Treasurer.  He served with Company D, 3rd Light Armored Infantry Battalion as an Infantry Scout (0311) from 1990 to 1991.  During this time, he deployed with the Battalion for Combat Operations in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  


Upon his end of active service Bill earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and has over 25 years of service serving the community as a police officer. He is currently a Lieutenant and is employed by a police agency is southern California. 


Bill lives with his wife, Susan, in Corona, CA.

Vice President

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Kim Marish

As Founding Member, Kim  is the former Fundraising Chair and current Vice President of the The Wolfpack Association.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps 1989 and served with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines as a Rifleman (0311) before his assignment to 3rd LAI Battalion in 1990 where he earned the secondary MOS, Light Armored Vehicle Crewman (0313).  During his assignment to the Battalion, he participated in Operation Fiery Vigil in the Philippines (1990-1991), the 31st MEU (SOC) in Okinawa (1992) and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia (1992).  Upon his EAS in 1993, he returned to the State of Texas where he again enjoyed Marine Corps Service with the Marine Corps Reserve Unit MAG-41 Crash Fire Rescue Team at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth Texas from 1995-1997.


Kim has worked for several Hydraulic fracturing companies as a sand hauler, sand coordinator, field coordinator, frac sand procurement, management and logistics.  He is currently employed as a Fleet Safety Compliance Manager for a major over the road trucking company.   
He lives in North Central Texas with his wife of 23 years, Peggy Marish.  They have four adult boys - one of which is currently serving as a Utilities Marine at Camp Lejeune, NC.    

Secretary

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Dane Garcia

Dane is the current Secretary of the Wolfpack Association.  He joined the Marine Corps in 2005.  Upon Completing Recruit Training and School of Infantry, he was assigned to Apache Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.  In 2006, an deployed to Iraq for combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 5-07 as an Infantry Scout (0311).  In 2007, he again deployed to Iraq in support Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-08 as a Scout Team Leader. 


Upon his end of active service in 2009, Dane moved back to his hometown, Houston, Texas where he completed the Houston Police Academy.   After graduating the Academy, he was hired by the Houston Police Department as Patrol Officer and has served in many positions within the HPD over the years.   


Dane is not married and has no children.    

Treasurer

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Venissa Combs

Venissa is the current Treasurer for the Wolfpack Association.  She is the spouse of one of the Founding Members, Roger Combs who served with 3rd LAI and 3rd LAR from 1990-1994.  Venissa has been with the Association since its inception in 2009.   


Venissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associate of Science degree in Child Development.  She was an Early Childhood Educator in a private school for 14 years and is entering her 11th year of teaching in Eagle Mountain – Saginaw ISD in northwest Tarrant Couny, Texas. 


Venessa and Roger met in October of 1992 after as "Road Trip" she enjoyed with Chris and Christy Sanford to the beautiful Oasis of 29 Palms, California.  She and Roger married in 1994 and have been married for 25 years - they have two amazing children.   They currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.   


Advisory Board

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Board Member

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Mohamed Sami Hashem aka "Haji"

As a member of the original 3rd LAI Detachment, Sgt. Hashem was voted the Association's first President in honor of the first batch of Warriors who served during the unit's birth.   He along with the Association's first Board members established the foundation of the Association and launched it into an official non-profit entity.  He has assisted with fundraising and various aspects of planning efforts for every bi-annual reunion since 2012.  He continues to advice the current Boards with critical decisions, planning and fundraiser endeavors.


Sgt Hashem (Mohamed Sami Hashem), aka “Haji” was born in Egypt in 1969. At age 2 he migrated to the United States with his parents who sought better economic and educational opportunities. He grew up in Dallas, TX from where he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1988. Even before graduating high school, he participated in the Delayed Entry Program while waiting his turn for bootcamp. “Haji” did not bother with any other branch of service recruiters. He wanted to be a Marine from early on and serve with the best fighting force in the world. When asked why he joined, he responded with, 


“In gratitude for what this great nation provided for my family, I wanted to give back in the form of military service.


Haji enlisted as a Light Armored Vehicle Repairman (2147) and completed both the basic course (hull, engine, transmission) and the advanced course (recovery and weapons systems repair). He is one of the first members of 3rd LAI having been assigned to the unit when it was still forming as Detachment in 29 Palms, CA in 1990. After returning from the advanced LAV Repairman Course in Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, he helped establish the battalion’s first and very own turret repair facility. Although most of his tour with the Wolfpack was spent as a battalion mechanic with Headquarters & Service Company, he spent considerable time attached to Bravo, Charlie, and Delta Companies as well.


Haji’s native Arabic fluency and Muslim upbringing proved invaluable to the Wolfpack during combat operations in Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm. He often served double duty as an LAV mechanic and the resident Arabic interpreter. Additionally, he provided Arabic lessons and cultural awareness classes to the Marines to better prepare them for any interaction with friendly local or enemy encounters. Eventually he was slotted to perform full-time linguistic duties with the Command Operations Center and served as the translator between Allied Arab forces and Task Force Sheppard. As the forward-most deployed interpreter with U.S. Forces, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his efforts interrogating over 500 Iraqi enemy prisoners of war that extracted vital intelligence benefiting the Wolfpack’s missions.


Haji currently works for the U.S. Treasury Department continuing his service to the country as an Information Technology Specialist. He leads teams and projects who develop software to identify and catch fraudulent tax returns for the Internal Revenue Service. He also mentors other local veterans via the Pathways program with educational, career and civilian transitional guidance.

 

He lives in Southern California with his wife of 25 years and 2 kids.

Board Member

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Chris Sanford

Chris is the former President of the 3rd LAI-LAR Battalion Association.  He  joined the Marine Corps in October 1990.  Upon completing Recruit Training and School of Infantry, he was assigned to D Company, 3rd Light Armored Infantry as a Light Armored Vehicle Crewman (0313) Combat Replacement after the loss of the LAV-25 Red 2 in 1991.  In 1992 he was assigned to B Company and deployed to Somalia in support of Operation Restore Hope as a Scout Team Leader until March of 1993.   He later received orders to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC for assignment as an LAV-AT Vehicle Commander.  In June of 1994 he was Medically Retired from the Corps due to injuries he suffered in Somalia. 


After his Medical Retirement, Chris dedicated his professional career to working with Veterans. From 1994 - 2003 he worked for the State of Oklahoma and US Department of Labor as as Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist.    From 2003-2011 he worked for the US Department Veteran Affairs in Mental Health and was the Chief Steward of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.  In 2011, Chris began work the in the Oilfields of Oklahoma and continues leading production efforts today. 


He has been married to Christy Jackson Sanford for 31 years; they have two children, Katie Scarlett, Sean Patric.