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Our Veteran Advisory Board.

Committed to Veterans and Our Community.

veterans advisory board: peter riehm

Peter Riehm

Veteran Advisor

Pete served 21 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, deploying multiple times to the Mediterranean and Middle East. He participated in The Cold War, Desert Storm, the aborted invasion and the occupation of Haiti, and conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo. As Commanding Officer, US Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center Mobile, Alabama, he trained and prepared troops for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pete is now a Commercial Real Estate broker with NAI Mobile. Active in the community, Pete started broadcasting Common Sense Radio weekly in 2011 and syndicating his Common Sense column weekly since 2015.

veterans advisory board: frank wendling

Frank Wendling

Veteran Advisor & Building Committee Chair

Frank retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel after nearly 30 years of service, including deployments to the Mediterranean, Iraq, Japan and South Korea and participated in Operations Silver Wake, Guardian Retrieval, Joint Endeavor, Provide Promise, Deny Flight and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Alabama and three master’s degrees in Military Operational Art and Science, Air Power Art and Science and National Security and Strategic Studies. Over the course of his military career, he amassed over 3,675 flight hours on multiple platforms. He is currently the Director of Environmental Compliance with McKinney Petroleum Equipment and serves as the Building Committee Chair at Veterans Recovery Resources. Frank lives in Mobile, AL with his wife Kristine. Together, they have four children.

veterans advisory board- teresa taylor

Teresa Taylor

Gold Star Wife

Teresa Taylor is source of inspiration to the military community. On February 28, 2012, her husband and three crew members of the H6535 lost their lives in a tragic training accident in Mobile Bay. Married for fourteen years to U.S. Coast Guard pilot, LCDR Dale Taylor, Teresa now carries on his legacy of service to our great nation through writing, speaking and volunteering. In 2014 she authored Night Flight, a memoir detailing her husband’s military journey. Her own experience with love, loss, hope and healing renders her a passionate advocate for mental and emotional wellness.

veterans advisory board: mike anderson

Mike Anderson

Veteran Advisor

LTC Mike Anderson is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, a position he has held since January 2002. He also serves on the Policy Committee, Environmental Crimes Section, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, in the Department of Justice. His career in the military began in 1986 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Over the last 30 years, Mike has served his country in a number of capacities and is currently Chief, Legal Assistance in the 167 Theatre Sustainment Command in the Alabama Army National Guard. He lives in Mobile, Alabama with his family and his very active in the local community and his church at St. Mary Parish.

veterans advisory board: shane rice

Shane Rice

Veteran Advisor

Shane is a Gulf Coast native, born and raised in the small shrimping town of Bayou La Batre, AL. He served as an Army Ranger and was in one of the first groups to deploy to Afghanistan after 9/11. Based on his experiences, he is deeply committed to doing anything he can to end Veteran suicide. Shane has loved taking photos his entire life. He holds a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Colorado and is the owner of Shane Rice Photography in Mobile, Alabama where he is active in his church and the community.

veterans advisory board: chris montgomery

Chris Montgomery

Veteran Advisor

Chris is a retired Corporal in the U.S. Marines with six years of service, including three combat tours in Afghanistan. Chris was wounded by an IED on his last tour while serving with the 3/5 Dark Horse Marine Battalion. After returning home and recovering from his extensive injuries, Chris became an Ironman triathlete and successful business owner. Over the last few years, Chris has lost four members of his company to suicide, driving him to join the cause to support Veteran wellness. Chris graduated from Baker High School in Mobile, AL.

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