The Fortitude Ranch management team is a group of experienced “preppers” who have been acquiring survival skills and operating survival groups for decades. Most of us are former military. All of us have business and professional backgrounds and the highest standards of integrity. Our Foodservice Manager has thirty years of restaurant management experience. Some of our staff, in keeping with the prepper community ethos of “don’t tell anyone you’re a prepper” do not list their names on our website. Many of our members have ideal survival skills such as MDs and Pharmacists. They are not listed here, and we never disclose our member’s names!
Dr. Drew Miller, Col USAFR (Ret)
Colonel Miller is a USAF Academy honor graduate who received an academic scholarship to Harvard University where he earned a Master’s Degree and PhD in Public Policy/Operations Research. His dissertation topic was underground nuclear defense shelters and field fortifications. Drew served in the Cold War at Strategic Air Command, deployed to Germany, Bosnia, and Iraq. In addition to serving as an intelligence officer in Active, Air Guard and Reserve AF positions, retiring as a Colonel, he served in the Senior Executive Service in the Pentagon, and in many business management positions. His articles on the bioengineered viral pandemic threat and collapse have been published in leading journals. In addition to opening new FR locations, Drew serves as Ranch Manager for FR Colorado.
David Jones, LTC USA (Ret)
Ranch Manager, Fortitude Ranch West Virginia
David Jones is a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army and retired Army Chemical Officer. He taught nuclear biological and chemical warfare defense to military personnel all over the world. As a weapon of mass destruction expert, six months after 9/11 occurred, Dave was recalled to active duty. After retiring from the Federal Government as an emergency management specialist with DHS he worked with Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, NASA and US Air Force Global Strike Command. David has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Security Management and numerous awards from military and civilian organizations.
Steven Rene, US Army (Ret)
Steven Rene served our country for nine years in the US Army as a Pershing Missile crew member and Intelligence Analyst, deployed with the 1st Cavalry Division for Operation Desert Storm. As a result of this wartime service, Steven was exposed to Sarin nerve agent in Iraq. Upon his Honorable discharge he attended college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and started his own international non-profit organization, helping victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He served in the country of Belarus for 12 years remodeling and updating their clinics and running a small ranch for social orphans. His construction experience is another great fit with Fortitude Ranch where he serves as our Operations Manager.
Rick Cox, US Army (Ret)
Fortitude Ranch Wisconsin Ranch Manager
Rick Cox is an expert prepper, and co-founder of Fortitude Ranch. Rick is also a former Army Chem Bio officer, with extensive experience in all aspects of survival and preparedness. On Active Duty he served as a Scout, Sheridan Crewman, and M60 series Crewman. In the Army Reserve Rick was in Military Intelligence, and in the Army National Guard he served as a Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Specialist. In his civilian life he has trained first responders in the local Emergency Management Agency. Rick will oversee our FR WI location.
Alicia Cachuela brings 25+ years of media sales and business development experience. For entrepreneurial DNA, she’s worked at 4 digital media startups, of which 3 were acquired. She recently lived in Boise, Idaho, where she led print & digital sales for an adventure magazine, as her interest in hiking, cycling and exploring the outdoors was in sync with award winning content. Alicia has consulted for other survivalist community properties, and follows prepper trends closely. She’s a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, with a BA in Communication and Media Studies.
Chuck runs Natural Power, installing and maintaining solar and wind electric systems. He served as President of the El Paso Solar Energy Association and has taught courses on solar and alternative energy for decades. Chuck has also been an avid prepper and hunter for decades. He designs, installs and maintains FR electrical systems which include propane generators for backup, and will be at FR Colorado locations during a collapse.
Anna manages FR office operations and assists with sales, explaining the many membership and token options. While she attended the University of Edinburgh for a year, she graduated from the University of Colorado where she participated in Army ROTC training. She has served at all FR locations and will likely be at the FR Colorado ranch during a collapse.
Lucas Spaid, US Army (RET)
Assistant Ranch Manager, Fortitude Ranch West Virginia
Lucas served in the US Army for 6 years as a Radio operator for an Infantry Battalion Tactical Operation Center. Since leaving the military, Lucas has worked 14 years as a General Contractor doing construction and commercial roofing. For decades, Lucas has been a prepper, hiker and hunter. His survival, military, communications and construction skills are highly valued at FR West VA.
Grant Mitchell is a rancher, horseman, educator, sailor, wilderness adventurer, field biologist, VIP protection specialist, and Fortitude Ranch manager. Grant was Commanding Officer of the US Mounted Response Training Center and authored one of the nation’s few recognized multi-environment Maritime & Wilderness Emergency Medical Care training programs. First commissioned by the USCG and later by other agencies, Grant has extensive experience in maritime, wilderness and mounted special ops. His work in Tactical Search and Extraction has saved hundreds of lives on land and sea.
Fortitude Ranch West Virginia Guard Dog/Entertainment Director
Ringo does his job well—keeping foxes and coyotes away from our free-range chickens, deer from our peach trees and gardens, and providing warning barks when people approach. Ringo is also a true best friend, enjoyed by all our guests. He is convinced that small creatures hide in rocks, and can spend an hour wrestling a big boulder around, barking and having a great time. Pictured here in front of the “Hobbit House”, a guard shelter attached to the guard watch gazebo.
Fortitude Ranch Colorado Guard Dog
Rosie excels in keeping not just foxes and coyotes away from our free-range chickens, but has also chased off mountain lions. Pets are allowed at Fortitude Ranch—but members are responsible for providing their food, cleaning up, and ensuring they are never a nuisance.