Zach Reeves

MYSTERY RANCH Military Ambassador

Hometown

Poulsbo, WA

Resides

Bozeman, MT

Profession

Military Consultant and Director of Alpha28 (for pay), Professional Volunteer and Motivational Speaker (for passion)

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 Alpha28, 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:

  • Arabic/Spanish/Swahili Linguist, Recon Marine, Joint SOF Operator, Signals Intelligence Marine, Combat Swim Instructor, Freefall Parachutist, Combatant Diver, Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant.
  • Repeatedly led teams in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria...and brought everyone home alive!
  • Volunteered as a child trafficking rescuer and translator on nonprofit missions overseas.
  • Served as the guest speaker at several Marine Corps balls and dozens of other military ceremonies and nonprofit events.
  • Completed dozens of long-distance/marathon ocean swims and hundreds of hours of volunteer swim instruction for military candidates.
  • Husband for 15 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