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THF Announces Opening of JBLM Campus

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Emily Burkle


The Honor Foundation Announces It Will Open New Campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington With Grant From JTMF Foundation

The non-profit continues its strategic expansion in support of members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces transitioning from military service to civilian life


April 27, 2023 – (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington) The Honor Foundation (THF), a unique transition institute that serves U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) by providing a clear process for their transition from military to civilian careers, announced today it will be opening a new campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma, Washington. THF will bring its proprietary transition program to the West Coast installation, an expansion that furthers its vision to impact all members of the U.S. Special Operations Enterprise. This expansion is being made possible by a generous multi-year grant from the JTMF Foundation.

“We find The Honor Foundation’s mission to create clear pathways for our U.S. Special Operations Forces as they transition from military to civilian lives to be well aligned with one of our core missions to support veterans. THF is doing incredible work that we are proud to support, and we know that this new campus will impact the lives of many Special Operators,” said Tami Marick, Trustee, JTMF Foundation.

JBLM supports more than 40,000 service members and is home to the 1st Special Forces Group, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 160th Special Operations aviation Regiment, and the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. It’s a strategically vital joint force power projection platform, and its vast population of Special Operations Forces makes it an ideal place for THF’s transition institute. THF’s program helps SOF operators navigate the change from military to civilian life and careers through an executive-education style transition curriculum that combines one-on-one executive coaching and industry mentorship, three months of class instruction, and access to an elite, nationwide professional network. The servicemen and women that have matriculated through the program, over 1800 to date, are infusing businesses, corporations, and communities with leadership, innovation, and service.

“The Honor Foundation is thrilled to announce the opening of the JBLM campus, and we’re excited to be able to serve the SOF community there. We’re grateful to the generosity of the JTMF Foundation for helping expand our mission,” said Matt Stevens, CEO of THF.

The JBLM campus will be THF’s seventh brick and mortar campus, another milestone in its quest to assist all members of the SOF community as they leave their military careers and enter civilian life. Information about the campus location and leadership will be announced at a later date.

For more information about The Honor Foundation, its locations, and its mission, visit


The Honor Foundation (THF) is a career transition program for U.S. Special Operations Forces that effectively translates their elite military service to the private sector and helps create the next generation of corporate and community leaders. It achieves this through a three-month program which provides tailored executive education, one-on- one coaching, and access to a nationwide professional network. This program was built by the desire to serve others with honor for life, so that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. Every step is dedicated to preparing these outstanding men and women to continue to realize their maximum potential during and after their service career. The Honor Foundation has 1,800+ graduates to date and has campuses in San Diego, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Bragg, NC; Eglin, FL; Tampa, FL; and two virtual campuses (THFv). The Navy SEAL Foundation is a Founding Partner of The Honor Foundation.


RECAP: THF “A Toast to Veterans” Virtual Live Stream Event


12 November 2020

The Honor Foundation Gathered Senior Military Leaders, Medal of Honor Recipients, Simon Sinek, for Nationwide Tribute to Veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – The Honor Foundation (THF), a unique transition institute that serves the U.S. Special Operations community, hosted a nationwide live virtual event, A Toast to Veterans, with Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley, in celebration of all U.S. Veterans on Veterans Day. The event offered an opportunity for our country to unite in patriotism and in appreciation of the service of all Veterans.

The event kicked off with a special rendition of “Old Glory” by Evangelo Morris and featured a range of senior military officials, Medal of Honor recipients, a bestselling author, THF leadership and alumni to provide remarks to our nation’s veterans. Distinguished speakers included ADM William McRaven (USN, RET), LTG Mike Nagata (USA, RET), Lt Gen Tom Trask (USAF, RET), MajGen Frank Donovan (USMC), Simon Sinek, Optimist and bestselling author, Medal of Honor recipients Britt Slabinski and Florent Groberg, The Honor Foundation CEO, Matt Stevens, and Navy SEAL Foundation CEO, Robin King.

The virtual live stream celebrated the extraordinary men and women who have given and continue to give their lives in service of our country. It was an evening filled with patriotism, inspiration and heartfelt remarks. Speakers described a warrior’s path from joining the military, to active duty experiences, transitioning out of the military and the value of veterans to our country and society post-uniform. The program closed with notable groups such as the LAPD and Boston Bruins paying tribute to all veterans across the country.

Vince Lumia, Head of Field Management for Morgan Stanley, the Presenting Sponsor of the virtual event, shared his tribute during the program.

“We proudly recognize the service of our military veterans, reservists and those on active duty,” said Lumia. “It’s been a privilege to partner with The Honor Foundation which put together a phenomenal program featuring leaders from our military branches to discuss their careers, the lives of veterans, their importance to our society, and the challenges faced while transitioning to a civilian life and potential solutions.”

Matt Stevens, CEO of The Honor Foundation, added: “As a Veteran led organization and a Veteran myself, The Honor Foundation wanted to pay tribute to our nation’s service members with this unique virtual event featuring esteemed speakers, guests and our Alumni. With the support of our Presenting Sponsor, Morgan Stanley, all the supporting sponsors and everyone who had purchased tickets and donated, we are  proud of its inaugural event and look forward to another one next year.

The mission of THF is to help transitioning members of the Special Operations Forces community prepare for their next career after service. We are grateful for the partnerships and continued support of the Navy SEAL foundation, our Founding Partner, PayPal, Wounded Warrior Project, Carrington Charitable Foundation, our donors and all THF Tribes who provide us the opportunity to continue impacting the lives of our nation’s veterans.”

Proceeds from the event benefitted The Honor Foundation’s program to help veterans transition out of uniform and apply their skills, work ethic and leadership to the private sector.


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About The Honor Foundation

The Honor Foundation (THF) has developed a world-class transition institute for the U.S. Special Operations Forces community that, through a three-month program, provides tailored executive education, one-on-one coaching, and access to a nationwide professional network. This program was built by the desire to serve others with honor for life so that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. We do this by providing the tools that maximize our fellows’ potential and prepares them to succeed on their own. The Honor Foundation has campuses in San Diego, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, Camp Lejeune, NC (serving the Marine Raider community), and a virtual campus. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a Founding Fartner of The Honor Foundation.


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