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Our Mission

Hardrock Charlie Foundation, Inc. exists as a social and philanthropic organization for Veterans of the 75th Ranger Regiment. The group seeks to create and support programs that promote, maintain, and preserve Ranger heritage, culture, and operates as a benevolent, non-profit charitable organization; donating money to individuals and groups that demonstrate need. articular emphasis is placed on efforts that address education, social welfare and health issues; with special attention given to programs for Rangers, surviving spouses and children of the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Board of Directors

Daniel P. Mead, Chairman of the Board & Treasurer
Dan was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 31, 1966. He joined the military at the onset of Operation Desert Storm and served in C Co. 1/75th from 1991-1994. His professional activities include over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, working in all positions of planning, placement, procurement, estimating and management. He is a Senior Estimator for Consigli Construction in Washington, DC. Dan spends much of his free time working for the Irish community. He is President of Irish Charities of Maryland. Dan has served on the board of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick since 1994; serving in every volunteer activity, and finally as the Friendly Sons’ president 2006 and 2013 and is currently on the Friendly Sons Board of Stewards. He served on the Board of Directors for the Police Emerald Society of Maryland as Director of Fundraising. He has also served on the Board of Directors for United for Blue. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Wreaths Across America Committee and serves as the Director of Operations for the Arlington Wreath Project for Arlington National Cemetery.

Brendan “Duke” Durkan, President
Immediately upon the creation of Hardrock Charlie Foundation, Inc. in 2021, Duke was chosen for the position of President by the Board of Directors. With over 35 years of Military Service, 19 of which was with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Duke is well known throughout the Ranger and Special Operations communities as a caring and passionate leader of the men and families entrusted with under his various leadership positions. As a co-founder of the Hardrock Charlie Foundation, Inc., Duke is passionate about working tenaciously on ways the organization can best take care of Rangers and families in a different capacity, yet mirroring what was accomplished while on Active Duty.

Lewis G. Prettyman, Vice President
With the creation of Hardrock Charlie Foundation, Inc., Lewis G. Prettyman was selected to serve as Vice President by the Board of Directors. Lewis has 12 years of military service, starting with C Co. 1/75th from ’88-’93, and is a Operation Just Cause Veteran. Lewis currently works for the National Park Service for a total of 30+ cumulative years of government service. He currently resides in Florida with his wife Barbara, and his two sons. Lewis was instrumental in the organization of the first Ranger Reunion in 2021 with the water jump at Lake Dora, Florida. Lewis is looking forward to continuing the tradition of annual reunions and connecting Ranger brothers with support and healing opportunities.

William Henderson, Secretary
William served 12 years in the United States Army, initially at 3rd Platoon, C Co. 1/75th. Additionally he served as Pathfinder in the ROK as well as a Pathfinder and AAS Instructor at Ft. Rucker. Additionally, he served as a Squad Leader and PSG with the 101st. He also served as a Drill Sergeant. William received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from FIU, Miami, is a Master Electrician, and owns and operates his own business. William was instrumental in logistics and support for the first Jump and Reunion at Orlando and was selected to serve as the Foundations Secretary.

Dirk Horwedel, Director
Dirk Horwedel joined the United States Army and served with C Co. 1/75th Ranger Battalion from 1988-95. Dirk has spent time in every platoon in Charlie Company except for 2nd. After leaving the Army, Dirk has been working on the shore of Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Dirk has been a Longshoreman for the last 23 years.

Wesley Jurena, Director
A Native Houstonian, who enlisted in the Army in 1987, Wesley served 10.5 years in the Army with 6.5 being in C Co. 1/75th, 2nd Platoon. Wesley also served as a 6th RTB Instructor and a Team Leader at XVIII Airborne Corp LRS. After leaving the Army he began a career in corporate America achieving success in the network and dark fiber sales business. He has travelled extensively in Romania, Jordan, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador while working in the 3D and simulation industry. A passion for competition and cooking led Wesley to BBQ. After success on the BBQ Circuit, he would start Pappa Charlies BBQ named after his dad. Pappa Charlies has received much acclaim across Texas since its inception. Recently, Wesley became a partner in Crew Ventures HTX, LLC a real estate investment company in Houston. He is a lifetime member of the 75th RRA where he served as secretary and 2nd Vice President. He is also a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Wesley is married to his Ranger wife of 33 years and they reside in Sugar Land, Texas with their two mini dachshunds. They have two children and one grandchild. They are die hard Astro Fans, the 2017 World Champions. Any successes above can be attributed to “Growing Up Ranger” while roaming the halls of the 2 Charlie.

Troy Webb, Director
Troy Webb served with C Co. 1/75th Ranger Battalion from 1989-95. Troy went on to serve with Regiment from 1995-96 as a RIP Instructor. He is a veteran of Operation Just Cause. Troy Webb currently resides on the Alabama Gulf Coast with his wife, Kit. He works as a General Foreman, leading overhead power line crews.

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