Leadership

Board of Directors

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Veterans on Duty (VOD)—a veteran-led 501(c)(4) policy advocacy organization. Mr. Hunt, a graduate of Yale Law School and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, guides VOD’s advocacy efforts to ensure our military remains ready, focused, and lethal and to fight for policies that keep America safe, strong, and free.

Previously, Mr. Hunt commissioned as an active-duty military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He deployed to Ukraine, where he was part of a multi-national mission to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Mr. Hunt eventually rose to the rank of captain and now serves in the U.S. Army Inactive Ready Reserve.

In 2022, Mr. Hunt ran for U.S. Congress, coming up only 700 votes short in the Republican primary runoff election. His campaign earned endorsements from former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Senator Tom Cotton (AR), and Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-06), as well as other sitting members of Congress.

Mr. Hunt’s work has been published in the Washington PostFox News, the New York PostThe Hill, and the Washington Times. He concurrently serves as a media fellow at the Hudson Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research institute in Washington, D.C. He frequently appears as a guest commentator on the Fox News Channel’s “Outnumbered,” “Fox & Friends,” and other national programs.

Above all, Mr. Hunt most enjoys spending time with his wife, Ky, and their two young children, Kinsley and Hayes.

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Hermann G. Hasken III

Herm Hasken is a partner and principal consultant at MarkPoint Technologies, providing tactical situational awareness tools to the U.S. government. Mr. Hasken has nearly 35 years of experience in cyber technology innovation, policy, and integration in the cyber, intelligence, and special operations communities as a military officer, U.S. Department of Defense civilian employee, and an independent consultant.

Mr. Hasken is a decorated combat veteran, earning two Bronze Star Medals in combat while assigned to a Joint Special Operations Task Force, in addition to a number of other awards and citations from overseas deployments. He concluded his federal service career at the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving as a senior cyber advisor at DIA headquarters and U.S. Cyber Command. Mr. Hasken has also served as a liaison officer and command technology advisor in the intelligence and special operations communities.

Mr. Hasken received his B.A. from Texas A&M University, an M.S. from Central Michigan University, and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College, in addition to numerous graduate certificates in the national security space. He serves on the boards of the nonprofits, Project Enyo and Brain Wellness, and he resides in Maryland with his wife, Liz. Mr. Hasken enjoys his time with his children and grandchildren.

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Marcus Nielsen

Marcus A. Nielsen is a practicing attorney focused on commercial litigation in Miami, Florida. A Florida native, he received his B.A. in political science from Florida Atlantic University in 2010 and both his J.D. and International M.B.A. from Florida International University in 2018.

After graduating from Florida International University, he was awarded the HillVets Fellowship, which granted him the opportunity to work on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as a fellow in Washington, D.C.

Prior to law school, Mr. Nielsen served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. After graduating from U.S. Army Airborne School and Ranger School, he served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader, during which he was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart.

Mr. Nielsen is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.

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Advisory Council Members

Derrick Anderson

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Stu Barnes-Israel

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Nick De Gregorio

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Garrett Exner

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Blair Milo

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Chuck Nadd

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Amber Smith

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 Joe Sweeney

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Team

Jay Kramer

President

Hooff Cooksey

Executive Director

Dylan Gresik

Advisor

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Duty is paramount. It’s that simple if you’re a military guy. You don’t say ‘I’m not going to do that — that’s dangerous.’ If it’s your duty to do it, that’s the way it is.”

Brigadier General Chuck Yeager

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