Zach Reeves

MYSTERY RANCH Military Ambassador

Hometown

Poulsbo, WA

Resides

Bozeman, MT

Profession

President of MSO. meta.aero/mso

I spent over 22 years in the Marine Corps, with the bulk of that on various joint Special Operations Forces (SOF) teams. Most guys I know who have retired from active duty do not necessarily miss the military itself, but they struggle with not having that special camaraderie that they had in the service. I think I would be in the same boat, so I feel very fortunate to still be in a line of work that gives me that kind of connection. At MSO, my employees are SOF veterans whom I have been friends with for years, and our customers are all SOF units made up of many folks I still know, so my job keeps me plugged in with the military community. On top of that, I also make time for public speaking gigs and volunteer events that keep me in touch with the next generation of military folks, which I find very rewarding. And if nothing else, it gives me an opportunity to drink beer with them!
 

I had previously been issued various MYSTERY RANCH backpacks while on active duty, and before retiring, I spent time with the MYSTERY RANCH Mission Team as a military intern at their headquarters in Bozeman, MT. That experience increased my respect for the brand's integrity as I saw first-hand the standards, attention to detail, and craftsmanship that go into their products. Now, I often incorporate MR products into many of the training events that I run for SOF units, and I also use their packs on my volunteer work overseas. It's not that common to find a product with the quality so superior that it speaks for itself, with no need for justification. I think that, along with the culture of MYSTERY RANCH, is what has kept me in bed with this brand for so long. That, and I will forever be "the intern."

Accomplishments:

  • Retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant
  • Arabic/Spanish/Swahili Cryptologic Linguist
  • Recon Marine and Joint SOF Operator Freefall Parachutist, Combatant Diver, Combat Swim Instructor
  • Military Public Speaker; Served as the Guest of Honor at several Marine Corps Balls and other military ceremonies since 2018
  • Most Importantly: Husband for 17 years, and counting!

Foundations:

What Mystery Ranch Packs do you Run?

Favorite Quote:

"You can never be sure of what someone is truly made of until they make it through something that really sucks." - Anonymous Marine