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Paul O. Davis, Ph.D., FACSM | Photos by Michael DeGrandpre

Paul O. Davis, III, PhD, is the president of the First Responder Institute. He is a graduate of the School of Public Health, University of Maryland and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Under contract to the Marine Corps, he embedded as a rifleman and conducted a five-year job task analysis of the critical and arduous tasks required for the MOS 0311 in high altitude, cold weather, desert, jungle and amphibious operations. Under contract to Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), Dr. Davis developed physical performance standards for all uniformed personnel.

Dr. Davis was also a member of the Astronaut Rescue Team Initiative- a joint-USAF-NASA project to designed to increase survivability of a Space Shuttle launch mishap, created after the Challenger incident.

For the Navy, he carried out a world-wide certification program for Command Fitness Coordinators. For the Army, he wrote the first POI (program of instruction) for the Physical Fitness Academy at the Soldier Support Center.

He is the executive producer of several ESPN, Versus, A&E, CBS Sports and Discovery Channel productions including the Marine Corps Super Squad Challenge, Army Ranger Challenge, World SWAT Challenge and the Firefighter Combat Challenge®.

He has authored more than 200 treatises, articles and reports as well as two books- most recently: Hard Work: a guide for human resource managers, labor attorneys, and ergonomists- co-authored with Dr. Brian Sharkey.


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LtGen Gregory S. Newbold (Retired) served in the United States Marine Corps for 32 years. His operational assignments included tours in the 1st, 2d, and 3d Marine Divisions, with 4th MEB, 15th MEU, and I MEF. He commanded at every level from platoon commander to Marine division. Newbold also served at Headquarters of the Marine Corps, with the Joint Staff, and with the Secretary of the Navy (Military Assistant). His last assignment before retirement was as Director of Operations (J-3) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott is a former Navy medical officer, board certified in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, and qualified in submarine and diving medicine. As the Director of Undersea Medicine and Radiation Health, Admiral Scott has worked with the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Toxicology, Commission of Life Sciences, National Research Council on the use and quality of submarine air. He is an expert in the medical physical standards. He has served in senior healthcare executive positions that included: commands tours of Naval hospitals, as a Fleet Surgeon during the Persian Gulf War and as Director Medical Plans and Policy, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.


Corporal Brent Davis, USMC

Brent Davis is our on staff Logistician, and has served two combat tours in Iraq; First Tour as a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman during the initial Iraq invasion in 2003, driving one of the first vehicles to cross the Iraqi border, making the march north all the way to Baghdad, continuing to Tikrit and then staging in An Nasiriyah as the Q.R.F for the region.

In his Second Tour he served with the last riverine unit in the Marine Corps, providing dam security, clandestine inserts and counter insurency missions on the Euphrates. Designated as DSU III as a S.U.R.C. Boat Machine Gunner, and Combat Rubber Recon Team Member in 2006/07. DSU recovered over 75 weapons caches and participated in covert operations with all branches of the military.

Brent is a Presidential Unit Citation and Army Commendation recipient. He is currently a firefighter in Montgomery County (MD).

Prior to joining the Marine Corps and after his honorable discharge he has worked as a part of the National Logistics Team for the 3M Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge®- a 24-year traveling competition seen on ESPN, A&E and CBS-Sports. He has also been a crew member of the World SWAT Challenge, and the L.E.O.P.A.R.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Performance & Reaction Drill) competiton. He is a consultant and official for the Battle Challenge.

Don is the EOD Sales Manager for Inert Products, LLC and a member of the Battle Challenge® Road Crew. Prior to his current position, he was an EOD (explosive ordinance disposal technician) with multiple deployments in Iraq. He is the recipient of the Navy-Marine Corps Medal for heroism, Bronze Star with V device, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V device, Combat Action Ribbon (CAR), and Presidential Unit Citation as well as a number of other decorations.




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