About us

Reed Knutson

Reed volunteered for Active Duty during the Global War on Terrorism. He's served more than 18 years on active duty from Bamberg, Germany to Fort Bragg, NC to ending up at Fort Campbell, KY. His current role is the Senior Enlisted Advisor of Public Affairs for the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne).

Reed's non-profit experience has come from helping veterans push themselves with Operation Enduring Warrior, Rucking 22 miles a day along the eastern NC highways with End 22, or rucking a 26. mile marathon in the hills outside Gatlinburg, TN for the Mountain Man Memorial March.

Reed is married to his beautiful German bride Janine and they have four wonderful kids, Isabel, Lilly, Emilia and Logan. Reed dedicates most of his free time to building a foundation of outdoor adventure with his children and guiding the successful venture of Two Ravens Foundation.

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Matt Pierson

Matt is a native of Northeast Tennessee, where he grew up with Tennessee walking horses. He joined the United States Army in 2007 as Cavalry Scout, and later reclassed to a Combat Medic. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, performing in both combat and medical operations. Upon completing his military contract, he earned both his Bachelors of Science and Master of Science degrees at Austin Peay State University in Biology. He spent 9 years as an animal physiologist and ecologist, as well as working as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at APSU teaching Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology. 

Since his time away from active military service and academia, Matt has found his way back to his equestrian roots. He spent a year working and training at a reining cow horse facility in Springfield, Tennessee.  He is now a full time Farrier, horse trainer, and working cowboy hired for wild cow catching, doctoring, and brandings. Matt is married to his beautiful wife, Kayla Pierson, whom is a realtor, and the principal Broker at Keller Williams real-estate firm in Clarksville, Tennessee. They share two sons, Tristan, and Gabriel. Tristan is an inspiring motocross racer and musician. Gabriel is an accomplished equestrian and participates in cow catchings and currently learning the art and science of farriery with his father.

Chris lancia

Chris has more than 25 years of service in the United States Army, with experience in Aviation, Public Relations, and Logistics. He is currently a Tennessee Governor’s Veteran Fellow, working on military and veteran initiatives for the State of Tennessee. Chris is retiring from the military out of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Ky, where his last position was the Director of Public Affairs for an organization with more than 3,000 personnel across three states and multiple deployed locations.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, Ga.), and is completing coursework towards a master’s degree in Public Policy from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.).

Chris has served in the non-profit space for more than decade, serving in volunteer leadership roles with multiple Veteran Service Organizations. He is a graduate of the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, the Travis Manion Foundation’s Spartan Leadership Program, and Team Red, White, and Blue’s Eagle Leader Fellow Program. He is also the co-founder of Grid Square Recon, LLC, which aims to create a sense of belonging for military families by connecting them with the communities surrounding military installations.

Chris is married, and he and his wife Sarah have two children. In his free time, Chris enjoys woodworking, photography, and spending time in Tennessee’s many beautiful outdoor spaces.

Ralph Boyd jr.

MSG Ralph C Boyd Jr is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He is single and has no children. He entered the Army Reserves on 23 July 2001 attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Knox, KY in 2002. He attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, VA and awarded the MOS of 88N (Transportation Management Coordinator), in 2002, while serving in the 956th Movement Control Team, Fort Sheridan, IL.  He subsequently transferred to Active Duty on July 29, 2003, reporting to HHC, 7th Transportation Group, Fort Eustis, Virginia.

MSG Boyd’s deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom (3 tours) to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (2004-2005), Joint Base Balad, Iraq (2007) & Baghdad International Airport (2008-2009) and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2 tours) to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan (2012), & Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base & Transit Center, Constanta, Romania (2013) & Operation Inherent Resolve (2 tours) Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (2016-2017) & Camp Buehring, Kuwait (2019-2020)