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Five Foundation Ambassadors


Harrison Lewis


Harrison L. Lewis is a native of DeRidder, Louisiana. He received his commission from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Throughout his service, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He served as a Ranger Platoon Leader with 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and as the Battalion Human Resources Officer for 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Abn).  Harrison is currently attending the University of Puget Sound Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Tacoma, WA. Harrison intends to return to service as a Licensed Physical Therapist, within the civilian Department of the Army, where he seeks to treat and provide care to members of the Special Operations community. His goal as a Doctor of Physical Therapy is to open a private practice focused on sports/orthopedic medicine, strength/conditioning, and rehabilitative care for special operations and professional athletes

Martin Enrico Reyna


Martin Enrico Reyna SFC/CDT served 13 years in the 75th Ranger Regiment. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis from Norwich University. Martin “Rico” is currently attending The Georgia Institute of Technology pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Management of Technology. Rico left the Ranger Regiment under the Green to Gold Active-Duty Option to obtain an MBA with the goal of becoming an Aviation Officer. The 5 Foundation and the Bednarzyk’s have become family to Rico and have supported him wholeheartedly throughout his transition from the 75th Ranger Regiment, as well as throughout his college experience. He is humbled and honored to serve as an ambassador of the 5 Foundation. It is Rico’s goal to give back to the Foundation by helping other Rangers navigate their transition to college and beyond.


Nicholas Leshowitz


Nick grew up in Mckinney, Texas before deciding to enlist in the Army after High School. He went on to serve as a Fire Team Leader in the 75th Ranger regiment, where he was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion serving alongside Captain Connor Bednarzyk, in First Platoon Charlie Company. After nearly five years of service, and multiple combat deployments, Nicholas decided to transition out of the service in order to pursue higher education. He currently attends Columbia University in New York City, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs.

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Matthew Stark


Matthew Stark formerly served in C Co. 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment from 2015 -19. Upon his transition out of the military, Matthew was recognized as one of twelve Veteran Scholars to gain acceptance into the first ever Veteran’s Initiative at The University of Chicago through the Posse Foundation. At the University, Matthew has devoted his studies to a major in Business Economics with an interest in business operations and behavioral economics. Outside of his academic pursuits, Matthew continues to serve his fellow Rangers, volunteering as an academic mentor for over 40 transitioning veterans. Similarly, Matthew seeks to bridge the civil military divide by leading cohorts of high school aged adults in fundraising for the treatment of PTS for post 9/11 veterans. Although Matthew finds his academic pursuits stimulating, he believes his volunteer work is the most valuable of his current endeavors.  Matthew is especially connected to the 5 Foundation because he served under CPT. Bednarzyk and often asked for his advice on his future academic plans. As a continuation of CPT. Bednarzyk’s service to his soldiers, we are delighted to accept Matthew as a recipient of the CPT Connor J. Bednarzyk Education Grant. Matthew looks forward to sharing the lessons of leadership and selfless dedication instilled in him by CPT Bednarzyk as he finished up his final year in academia and takes aim at the workforce.

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