Many folks might wonder how a man who has been both a SWAT team leader and a frontline Marine relaxes and unwinds. As someone who has always given his all, Ronald Fowlkes found the perfect way to just keep on giving. What is it? Well, it’s mentoring, which is his way to give back to his community while also being able to do something that he really loves. A bonus for him is that it also involves his son. He’s a St. Louis Blues Triple-A hockey team member and has been for some three years now. No, Ronald’s not their coach but he is what’s called an off-ice team trainer. This also includes his responsibility for all of the team’s equipment. And, he loves every minute of it!
A Team Player Times Two
Yes, he loves it almost as much as his day job, which is as a FirstSpear leader, supplying peacekeepers and soldiers worldwide with their very necessary tactical equipment. And, he knows plenty about this type of equipment since he wore it himself when he was a Marine for four years and fought in the Gulf War. So, it’s fairly obvious that Ronald is a pretty significant member of both teams, the St. Louis Blues and FirstSpear. Yes, mentoring is in his blood.
St. Louis Resident
Ronald is currently a St. Louis, Missouri, resident who was also once a police department member with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department for ten years and three years respectively. He also attended the Marine Corps School of Infantry. During that time, he was involved in some very in-depth Marine Combat Training in addition to taking an engineering class. All of this was quite instrumental in giving him some very serious insight into his chosen career in law enforcement, as well as his love for mentoring, too.
Extensive Military Training
During his stint in the Marines from 1989 to 1993, Fowlkes received two promotions. He also completed the following training:
- U.S Army parachute school
- Basic course in Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO)
- Marine Corps School of Infantry’s Marine combat training
- The seven-week combat diver school at the Naval Special Warfare Foundation (NSWF)
All in all, his extensive military training has helped Fowlkes, (or “Ronnie” as his friends call him), to be excellent at his job as a FirstSpear leader. It also gives him the background to be so beneficial at mentoring his son’s hockey team and so much more. All of this surely makes his son a very lucky man to have a war hero and mentor extraordinaire as a father.