volunteer spotlight | Team Rubicon
about Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon aims to ""bridge the gap"" between military and civilian life by providing our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, community, and self-worth. Without the help of the volunteers at Team Rubicon, they would not be able to deploy emergency response teams. Its volunteers are what makes Team Rubicon tick. They are the heart of the organization, and Team Rubicon is putting a spotlight on one volunteer in particular who has been a champion for the team.
volunteer spotlight | Brandon Callahan
Team Rubicon is nominating Brandon Callahan for the volunteer spotlight. Brandon is a Marine veteran residing in Alexandria, VA, who serves as a very active volunteer with Team Rubicon. After severe flooding struck Nicholas County, West Virginia, Brandon served as Incident Commander for two weeks. During his time, he led 150 volunteers and ensured they received the best experience possible while helping a community recover. He has deployed multiple times with Team Rubicon and also took a position as the Deputy Regional Field Operations Manager, a volunteer leadership role within the organization. Brandon brings strategic thinking, humility, and levity to every conversation he enters, and has made a powerful impact in the way he chooses to volunteer his time.
When Op Country Roads initially kicked off, Brandon was serving as the Ops Section Chief. Five days into the operation, an abrupt change of command occurred when the acting IC was admitted into the hospital due to medical reasons not related to the operation. Brandon assumed the role of IC at this time and adjusted the C&GS to support operational requirements. As the C&GS adjusted to their new positions, it became clear that there would be some leadership challenges due to personality conflicts and a mixture of experiences in the C&GS positions. Brandon picked up on the tension immediately and developed a plan of action on how to overcome the leadership challenges the team was going to face over the next 24 to 48 hours, as the team adjusted to their new positions. Brandon gave the team enough space to work out their differences. He pulled C&GS members aside to mentor and encourage them on how to approach and professionally handle the situation, while promoting the concept of teamwork throughout this process. The way Brandon approached and handled the leadership challenges is this situation laid the foundation for the team's success on the rest of the operation.
You can donate to Team Rubicon to help deploy emergency response teams with the purchase of the Team Rubicon tri blend tee. 50% of revenue of the Team Rubicon tees will be donated to Team Rubicon.