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The Riders

The Riders

Mike Charbonnet (Charbo)

I spent the first 3 years in the Navy going to school to become a Fire Control Technician and serving aboard a Destroyer (USS Morton DD 948). I received orders to BUD/S when my 7th request for was approved. After graduating with Class 98 I reported for duty to Underwater Demolition Team 11 where I completed multiple deployments.

Following my first enlistment, I continued to serve in the SEAL Reserve Unit. During my reserve time, I married Beth, we had children, and I worked as a pastor at the church we attended. I was recalled during Desert Storm in 1991. I served at Seal Team 5 and SDV Team 1. While at SDV Team 1, it was discovered that I had a brain tumor. My SpecWar qualifications were revoked and I was given the option to either go to the fleet or be medically retired. After they stirred around in my noggin with a sharp stick I decided to accept a medical retirement in 1997. We moved to Texas and I started working as a consultant to oil and gas exploration companies. We lived in Texas until 2011. We moved back to San Diego when our son, David, who was stationed at SEAL Team 1, broke his back parachuting. His injury left him paralyzed below his waist. David received outpatient therapy at VIP Neuro-Rehabilitation clinic in San Diego. Two years after his injury David married his long-time girlfriend, Janet, and together they now manage VIP as volunteers. David is CEO and still a patient. They have two children; we love being grandparents. I am mostly retired. I manage a small portfolio of rental properties and mentor young military guys (and a few fellow geezers). In August 2018, I did a solo bicycle ride from San Francisco to San Diego as a fundraiser for VIP. It was a blast. After sharing stories about my bike ride at the 40-year class reunion, a few of the guys decided they wanted to join me for a 2019 bike ride…. thus, the idea of Beyond the Teams was born.

CONRAD KRESS (Squirrel)

Conrad Kress served for over 41 years in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in 1977 and graduated BUD/S training Class 98. He then reported for duty at Underwater Demolition Team 11, completing multiple deployments. While attending San Diego State University he continued to serve thru the Navy Reserves with what was SEAL TEAM 1, 3 and 5. Recalled to active duty in 1986 he initially served as a BUD/S instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Center, The HM1 Kress was selected to the Navy In-Service Physician Assistant Program and was commissioned as an Ensign, Medical Service Corps in September 1991.

After commissioning and assignment to NH Marianna Islands, Kress deployed in support of Naval Special Warfare Unit 1. Follow-on tours included Department Head of USS Willamette (AO-180). Kress served with Expeditionary Medical Force in support of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. From Iraq, Kress reported to White House Medical Unit serving as a medical liaison in support of Presidential and Vice Presidential Emergency Operations. Assigned to USS Peliliu (LHA-5) for the inaugural Pacific partnership HA/DR Program LCDR Kress served as the Advance Country element in Vietnam and the Country Embedded Liasion for the Solomon Islands in 2007.

In 2008, CDR Kress was assigned as the Forward Command Surgeon for the Combined Forces Special Operations Central Command, and medical liaison officer to US Embassy Pakistan. CDR Kress served as Medical Department Head for SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE and Naval Special Warfare Group 3, Logistics Support Unit 3. In 2012 CDR Kress then completed his career as the Command Surgeon for Special Operations Command Pacific. Whereby he retired 1 Jan 2019. When he is not working he is chasing his three grandsons, playing on his friend’s ranch and teaching them how to enjoy the great outdoors. He also continues to support his local church thru medical initiatives in various countries.

Rick Bernard (slick)

I grew up in western New York and joined the Navy in 1976. Prior to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, I was a non-rated deck seaman on an ocean-going diving and salvage tug in the fleet, the USS Cree, ATF-84. After graduating from BUD/S Class 98 in August 1978, I was assigned to Underwater Demolition Team-11 and completed a Western Pacific deployment. In 1980 I was selected for the first-ever Navy Enlisted Commissioning Program. Upon graduation from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1981 with a BA in History, I completed Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and was commissioned Ensign in February 1982. From there it was Defense Language Institute for German, SEAL Team TWO Platoon Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Personnel Exchange Program with the Kampfschwimmer Kompanie in Germany, SEAL Team EIGHT platoon Officer-in-Charge, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School as Executive Officer, Naval Special Warfare Unit EIGHT as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Special Boat Unit TWENTY-SIX , all three commands in the Republic of Panama. Naval War College to complete a Master’s Degree, Training Officer, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit BOXER Commander in the Middle East and Chief Staff Officer at Commander Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. My twilight tour was as Executive Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center. I retired as a Commander in 2001. Post Team work included community college instructor and security program manager positions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. I have a BA in History and an MA in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies. I am married with four grown children and three grandchildren. I am a Christian and also a cancer survivor. My wife and I live in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Patrick Shelton (Cool Cat)

Post BUDS I served with SEAL Team TWO. After my military service, I returned to California and went back to school, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. I also got married to my first and only wife, now married 36 years. I simultaneously completed my BS and solely supported what became a family of five. I became a professional firefighter serving almost 20 years with Glendale FD in Southern California. My experience there included Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Fire Inspector, Plans Checker, Shift Arson Investigator, and Public Education Coordinator. Among other awards, I was recognized with a Character & Ethics Project Award from the local, county, and state agencies for my work in Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention and I received a Certification of Special Congressional Recognition. My career was cut short by injuries.

Have volunteered as a youth coach for various sports. I volunteered to help rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. I served my local church by running the security team and worked weekly in a service group.

In 2014, I obtained a Master’s degree in National Security Studies. In 2017, we moved from our mountain ski resort home of 28 years to Denver where I currently work in Mission Support for TSA. We have three well educated, successful children who are serving their communities and country in the example set forth for them. We have two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Diedrick Snelling (Bird)

I enlisted in the Navy in 1977. Following boot camp and Hospital Corpsman school I reported to BUD/S training, graduating with Class 98. After graduation, I traded orders with Conrad Kress (who wanted to stay in San Diego) and headed out to Underwater Demolition Team 21 in Little Creek, VA. During my time at UDT-21, I deployed to the Med and spent some quality time training in Puerto Rico, among other adventures.

I then decided to become a deep sea diving medical technician, completing Second Class dive school in Little Creek and the Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician course in Panama City, FL. My next duty station was at the dive locker on Diego Garcia, followed by Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego. Looking to dive deeper still, I went to Saturation Dive School and on to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, working as a diving med tech and as a test subject on multiple saturation dive studies. Cold water studies were particularly exhilarating.

To further my education I attended Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) school in Portsmouth, VA. My next set of orders were to SEAL Delivery Team TWO (SDVT-2) and I finished my Navy career at Naval Special Warfare Unit EIGHT (NSWU-8) in the Republic of Panama. I retired as a Senior Chief in 1999.

My second career was as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Hood River, Oregon, the town I have called home for 20 years. I retired from Hood River Fire Department in 2013 and continued working in the summers as a Wildland Fireline Paramedic until 2018.

I have been married to my wife, Anne, since 1980. We have four daughters, four sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. During the years I’ve been in Hood River I have been involved with the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot campaign, and the Professional Ski Instructors Association. Now that I am fully retired I have time to play and choose new worthy causes to support.

Mike Charbonnet (Charbo)

I spent the first 3 years in the Navy going to school to become a Fire Control Technician and serving aboard a Destroyer (USS Morton DD 948). I received orders to BUD/S when my 7th request for was approved. After graduating with Class 98 I reported for duty to Underwater Demolition Team 11 where I completed multiple deployments.

Following my first enlistment, I continued to serve in the SEAL Reserve Unit. During my reserve time, I married Beth, we had children, and I worked as a pastor at the church we attended. I was recalled during Desert Storm in 1991. I served at Seal Team 5 and SDV Team 1.

While at SDV Team 1, it was discovered that I had a brain tumor. My SpecWar qualifications were revoked and I was given the option to either go to the fleet or be medically retired. After they stirred around in my noggin with a sharp stick I decided to accept a medical retirement in 1997. We moved to Texas and I started working as a consultant to oil and gas exploration companies. We lived in Texas until 2011. We moved back to San Diego when our son, David, who was stationed at SEAL Team 1, broke his back parachuting. His injury left him paralyzed below his waist. David received outpatient therapy at VIP Neuro-Rehabilitation clinic in San Diego. Two years after his injury David married his long-time girlfriend, Janet, and together they now manage VIP as volunteers. David is CEO and still a patient. They have two children; we love being grandparents.

I am mostly retired. I manage a small portfolio of rental properties and mentor young military guys (and a few fellow geezers). In August 2018, I did a solo bicycle ride from San Francisco to San Diego as a fundraiser for VIP. It was a blast. After sharing stories about my bike ride at the 40-year class reunion, a few of the guys decided they wanted to join me for a 2019 bike ride…. thus, the idea of Beyond the Teams was born.

CONRAD KRESS (Squirrel)

Conrad Kress served for over 41 years in the U.S. Navy. He enlisted in 1977 and graduated BUD/S training Class 98. He then reported for duty at Underwater Demolition Team 11, completing multiple deployments. While attending San Diego State University he continued to serve thru the Navy Reserves with what was SEAL TEAM 1, 3 and 5. Recalled to active duty in 1986 he initially served as a BUD/S instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Center, The HM1 Kress was selected to the Navy In-Service Physician Assistant Program and was commissioned as an Ensign, Medical Service Corps in September 1991.

After commissioning and assignment to NH Marianna Islands, Kress deployed in support of Naval Special Warfare Unit 1. Follow-on tours included Department Head of USS Willamette (AO-180). Kress served with Expeditionary Medical Force in support of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. From Iraq, Kress reported to White House Medical Unit serving as a medical liaison in support of Presidential and Vice Presidential Emergency Operations. Assigned to USS Peliliu (LHA-5) for the inaugural Pacific partnership HA/DR Program LCDR Kress served as the Advance Country element in Vietnam and the Country Embedded Liasion for the Solomon Islands in 2007.

In 2008, CDR Kress was assigned as the Forward Command Surgeon for the Combined Forces Special Operations Central Command, and medical liaison officer to US Embassy Pakistan. CDR Kress served as Medical Department Head for SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE and Naval Special Warfare Group 3, Logistics Support Unit 3. In 2012 CDR Kress then completed his career as the Command Surgeon for Special Operations Command Pacific. Whereby he retired 1 Jan 2019. When he is not working he is chasing his three grandsons, playing on his friend’s ranch and teaching them how to enjoy the great outdoors. He also continues to support his local church thru medical initiatives in various countries.

Rick Bernard

I grew up in western New York and joined the Navy in 1976. Prior to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, I was a non-rated deck seaman on an ocean-going diving and salvage tug in the fleet, the USS Cree, ATF-84. After graduating from BUD/S Class 98 in August 1978, I was assigned to Underwater Demolition Team-11 and completed a Western Pacific deployment. In 1980 I was selected for the first-ever Navy Enlisted Commissioning Program. Upon graduation from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1981 with a BA in History, I completed Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and was commissioned Ensign in February 1982. From there it was Defense Language Institute for German, SEAL Team TWO Platoon Assistant Officer-in-Charge, Personnel Exchange Program with the Kampfschwimmer Kompanie in Germany, SEAL Team EIGHT platoon Officer-in-Charge, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School as Executive Officer, Naval Special Warfare Unit EIGHT as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Special Boat Unit TWENTY-SIX , all three commands in the Republic of Panama. Naval War College to complete a Master’s Degree, Training Officer, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit BOXER Commander in the Middle East and Chief Staff Officer at Commander Naval Special Warfare Group ONE. My twilight tour was as Executive Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center. I retired as a Commander in 2001. Post Team work included community college instructor and security program manager positions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia. I have a BA in History and an MA in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies. I am married with four grown children and three grandchildren. I am a Christian and also a cancer survivor. My wife and I live in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Patrick Shelton (COOL CAT)

Post BUDS I served with SEAL Team TWO. After my military service, I returned to California and went back to school, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. I also got married to my first and only wife, now married 36 years. I simultaneously completed my BS and solely supported what became a family of five. I became a professional firefighter serving almost 20 years with Glendale FD in Southern California. My experience there included Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Fire Inspector, Plans Checker, Shift Arson Investigator, and Public Education Coordinator. Among other awards, I was recognized with a Character & Ethics Project Award from the local, county, and state agencies for my work in Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention and I received a Certification of Special Congressional Recognition. My career was cut short by injuries.

Have volunteered as a youth coach for various sports. I volunteered to help rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. I served my local church by running the security team and worked weekly in a service group.

In 2014, I obtained a Master’s degree in National Security Studies. In 2017, we moved from our mountain ski resort home of 28 years to Denver where I currently work in Mission Support for TSA. We have three well educated, successful children who are serving their communities and country in the example set forth for them. We have two grandsons and two granddaughters.

Diedrick Snelling (Bird)

I enlisted in the Navy in 1977. Following boot camp and Hospital Corpsman school I reported to BUD/S training, graduating with Class 98. After graduation, I traded orders with Conrad Kress (who wanted to stay in San Diego) and headed out to Underwater Demolition Team 21 in Little Creek, VA. During my time at UDT-21, I deployed to the Med and spent some quality time training in Puerto Rico, among other adventures.

I then decided to become a deep sea diving medical technician, completing Second Class dive school in Little Creek and the Medical Deep Sea Diving Technician course in Panama City, FL. My next duty station was at the dive locker on Diego Garcia, followed by Naval Ocean Systems Center in San Diego. Looking to dive deeper still, I went to Saturation Dive School and on to the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, working as a diving med tech and as a test subject on multiple saturation dive studies. Cold water studies were particularly exhilarating.

To further my education I attended Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) school in Portsmouth, VA. My next set of orders were to SEAL Delivery Team TWO (SDVT-2) and I finished my Navy career at Naval Special Warfare Unit EIGHT (NSWU-8) in the Republic of Panama. I retired as a Senior Chief in 1999.

My second career was as a Firefighter/Paramedic in Hood River, Oregon, the town I have called home for 20 years. I retired from Hood River Fire Department in 2013 and continued working in the summers as a Wildland Fireline Paramedic until 2018.

I have been married to my wife, Anne, since 1980. We have four daughters, four sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. During the years I’ve been in Hood River I have been involved with the Hood River Volunteer Fire Department, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot campaign, and the Professional Ski Instructors Association. Now that I am fully retired I have time to play and choose new worthy causes to support.

Mission Support

MISSION FUNDS

Even if you haven’t endured the rigors of BUD/S Training
you can still participate in a Beyond the Teams mission:
Your donation in any amount will help
those who need it most.

MISSION UPDATES

Find out about upcoming events and follow the guys on
their upcoming bike ride.

Mission Support

MISSION FUNDS

Even if you haven’t endured the rigors of BUD/S Training you can still participate in a Beyond the Teams mission: Your donation in any amount will help those who need it most.

MISSION UPDATES

Find out about upcoming events and follow the guys on their upcoming bike ride.

 

BEYOND THE TEAMS 
501 (C)(3) | EIN: 84-2157345

 

                                                                       BEYOND THE TEAMS                                                                                                                                       501 (C)(3) | EIN: 84-2157345                                                                IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
VIP NEUROREHABILITATION CENTER
501 (C)(3) | EIN: 45-3623205

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