A warrior, Tom Spooner spent his 21-year military career serving in our nation’s most elite combat units. Today, he’s in the private sector as part of Northern Red Security and Training, imparting his hard-won skills to the next generation of warfighters in Close-Quarters-Battle, sniper operations, and high-stress decision-making.
Within three years of joining the US Army at age 20, Tom completed Airborne, Ranger, static line Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, and Air Assault training; and served a combat tour with the 82nd Airborne in Operation Desert Storm.
Following his time as an NCO in the 82nd, Tom was selected for the Special Forces, earned his Green Beret, and served with the 7th Special Forces group, deploying multiple times to Central and South America.
Tom was then selected as a member of the Army’s most elite unit, the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta. Tom served as an Operator during its most active years in the War on Terror. Engaged in constant, direct-action combat spanning over 40 total months and 1300 missions, Tom conducted Hostage Rescue, Kill/Capture, and Vehicle Interdiction missions opposed by the enemy’s most hardened fighters. He served as an Assault Team Leader, Sniper Team Leader, and developed indigenous soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In addition to his direct combat actions, he has advised senior-level international governmental and civilian leaders on matters of national security and the hunt for international terrorist leadership.
Tom continues to serve his fellow warriors through an organization called Elder Heart, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses public art projects to support combat veterans battling PTSD and TBI. Closing the divide between Veterans and the communities they live in.