OUR STORY

We are a group of combat veterans from different branches that have a love for fishing. For veterans returning from deployment or transitioning to civilian life there are many stressors and struggles. Our goal is to provide a network of support and the opportunity for a brief break through offshore fishing trips with other veterans. ​

FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS

Joseph Hummel

Co-Founder

Joseph served in the United States Marine Corps 1999-2004 as a Helicopter Crewchief.  While serving he traveled to over 11 countries, serving in Iraq in 2003. After returning from Iraq he transitioned into civilian life getting his degree in Computer Information Systems. He now works for Becton Dickinson working on medical equipment throughout the Orange County area.


Nicholas Piscitelli

Co-Founder

Nicholas joined the United States Army 2002, serving as a medic with light infantry units for 10 years. During that time he deployed to Iraq three times from 2003-2004, 2006-2008, and 2010-2011. Following his service he attended Chapman University double majoring in Health Sciences and Philosophy. He will be graduating in May of 2019 and has been accepted to Bowling Green State University's philosophy PhD program.


Jason Lilley

Prior Marine Recon, Raider and Scout Sniper Jason has had multiple combat deployments overseas. After the Marines he continued supporting the effort overseas working with 3 letters agencies. He grew up fishing the lakes, ponds and rivers of Kansas and is also avid in the ocean. He knows full on the peace of mind that fishing brings and how it brings people together outside.


Aaron Eckerberg

Aaron enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991 serving as a TOW gunner until commissioning in 1995, becoming a Helicopter Pilot. Aaron deployed over 5 times in his 27 year career in the Marine Corps, and was the Operations Officer during his 2nd tour in Iraq.  Since retiring in 2018, Aaron now enjoys farming, hunting, and fishing.


Benjamin Knickerbocker

Benjamin joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and was a Helicopter Crewchief on CH-46 during both of his tours to Iraq in 2003 and 2004-2005. He continued his Marine Corps enlistment as the aviation liaison to the School of Infantry.  After his enlistment ended in the summer of 2006, he joined Cardinal Health as a medical equipment technician and advanced to the Lead Technician.

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP

US Navy

Randy Manzano

Jeff Lindquist

US Navy

Angela Grimes

MAKE A DONATION

Every dollar we raise helps us take a veteran on a fishing charter, get out into the great outdoors, connect with other veterans and find solutions to the many unique challenges veterans face.

GO FISHING

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BE A VOLUNTEER

Without volunteers what we do would not be possible. If you care about America's veterans and want to help make a difference connect with us and help us execute our mission and realize our vision for Reel Warriors.