Major Jason Righteous Norwood hails from Moorestown, New Jersey and entered into the Army at West Point, NY in 2002. After achieving his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 2006, he was commissioned. He completed Officer Basic Course (OBC) in that same year and became a Field Artillery officer.
Ft. Sill, Oklahoma was his first duty station, where he served as a Fire Direction Officer. In 2007 he was selected to the All Army Wrestling Team at Fort Carson, Colorado for a year. He then returned to Ft. Sill in 2008 where he resumed the job of Fire Direction Officer and eventually Platoon Leader in Alpha 1/17 Field Artillery. He was then appointed to the position of Executive Officer of Charlie 2/6 Target Acquisition battery (TAB) and in 2009 was promoted to Captain.
CPT Norwood led troops into battle as he took command of Charlie 2/6 TAB later on in the year; deploying for 12 months to Iraq. Upon his return, he took control as the OIC of Combatives for the entire base of Ft Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence.
In 2012, CPT Norwood came to to Ft Hood as Assistant Fires Support Coordinator for III Corps. In May 2014, he transferred to the III CORPS and Fort Hood Resiliency Campus (FHRC) where he served as the Commandant.
As the Commandant of FHRC, Captain Norwood’s job was to incorporate all resilience assets with a comprehensive strategy to increase the resiliency and awareness of all Ft Hood soldiers and its surrounding communities. He did this largely by partnering with the 13 agencies on the Resiliency Campus which in turn lead to his ability and desire to partner with the Killeen Police Department in an effort to provide services to the distressed Veteran population in Killeen.
After promotion to Major in 2017 he was installed as the Deputy Director for the Ready and Resilient Campaign for III CORPS and Fort Hood, where he currently serves; his duties and responsibilities now cover 4 installations and over 500,000 Soldiers, Civilians and Dependents.
His awards include 4 Army Achievement Medals, 2 ARCOMs, a Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star.
Hope Torres was born at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota and graduated high school in 1994 from Arroyo Grande High School, CA. She joined the United States Air Force in 1998. While in the USAF, she was a weather forecaster supporting aircrafts both USAF and Army. Her first assignment was Ft. Bragg, NC. After that she went to ROK Kunsan, AB for a year. She went to Keesler AFB to complete her training into forecasting and was stationed at Beale AFB, CA supporting the U-2 Reconnaissance aircraft, KC-135, and C-130. She supported OEF/OIF from the UAE by briefing flight weather and space weather to the flight missions. At Beale AFB, she assisted in the weather briefing protocols for the initial start of Global Hawk. She achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In 2005, she left the military to be a mother and continue her education; she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security from Grantham University.
In 2010, Hope entered law enforcement in Copperas Cove, TX for 6 years as a patrol officer. This is where she encountered the reality of what Veterans go through with PTSD, TBI, and physical injuries. There was an inner struggle with her duties as an officer and her desire to help Veterans in the way they needed. She decided to start on her path to become a counselor and entered Texas A&M University-Central Texas in the Clinical Mental Health Program.
In 2016, she left the police force and committed her time to the final year of her Masters degree in which she obtained her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is an LPC-Intern in Texas.
Hope became a part of the start of this program when it was in its infancy as an idea in 2015. She was brought in as the Counseling Director initially. Her unique background of military, law enforcement, and now counseling gives her a dynamic that is rare and valuable to our mission.
Supervised by Jeremy J. Berry, Ph.D., LPC-S
Eddie Wittern started his Army career in 2006 as a Health Care Specialist. During his time of service, Eddie deployed to Support Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. He saved several lives on deployment.
In 2010, Eddie reclassified his MOS to Chemical Warfare Specialist.
During his time in the Army, Eddie advanced himself mentally and physically as he completed all four levels of the Modern Army Combatives Program. In addition, he completed Special Operations Combatives Level One. He was a member of two installation Combative Teams—JBLM 08 and Forth Hood 12—for the Army Combative Championships.
In 2012, at the rank of E-5, he was medically retired from the Army.
Since 2012, Eddie has won 17 International medals in Brazilian Jujitsu, including 7 consecutive World Championships:
In 2016, he took 3rd at the Wambo World Cup. As a professional Mixed Martial Artist, he has a record of 2-2 with both wins via submission under one minute of the first round.
Currently, Eddie is a pro-wrestler. He has teamed up with two other pro-wrestlers as a part of the Valhalla Club. A recent documentary highlights the three combat Veterans who were in Iraq as they use professional wrestling as an artistic and psychological outlet to process and progress through readjustment from their experiences in war.