Chief Master Sergeant Paul Lavelle, USAF (Ret) is the Founder and President of Operation Restored Warrior and a Drop Zone Facilitator. Serving for 26 years on active duty as a medic, Paul held several major commands and senior medical executive leadership positions throughout his military career, culminating his career as a senior enlisted representative at the United States Air Force Academy, where he retired in 2001.
Meet our Leadership Team
Paul Lavelle, CMSgt, USAF, (Ret), MSC
Founder and President
REV Jordan Fulton, SGT, US Army, (Ret)
Director of Training, Drop Zone Lead
Reverend Jordan Fulton, Sgt., US Army, (Ret), is Director of Training and a Drop Zone Lead for Operation Restored Warrior. Jordan served as an Infantryman at the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division and at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard. Jordan was a 240B gunner during his time at the 101st, and was a casket team leader responsible for rendering final honors at burials for both fallen active duty soldiers and veterans while standing stationed at The Old Guard.
Jordan is the recipient of several personal and unit awards, decorations, and medals, including a Purple Heart for combat injuries. Jordan attended an ORW Drop Zone looking to rekindle a relationship with Jesus and his wife after realizing how emotionally withdrawn and distant he had become. With diagnoses of PTSD, depression, and anxiety, he realized that medication(s) could not fix these problems. Through the Drop Zone experience and having a powerful encounter with Jesus, his heart was restored and healed in some deep places. Since this experience, Jordan has been propelled forward and he has not looked back. Jordan is married to an amazing woman, Sarah, who is his partner in raising their 5 kids together. Jordan has a passion for family, fitness, and single-origin coffee. He is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute & College with a diploma in Pastoral Ministry and is ordained through Elim Fellowship. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management: Health and Wellness and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, both from California University of Pennsylvania.
Troy F. Schielein Sr., 1stSgt USMC, (Ret)
Director of Drop Zone Operations, Drop Zone Facilitator
Troy F. Schielein Sr., 1stSgt USMC, (Ret), is the Director of Drop Zone Operations and also serves as a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior. Troy retired from the Marine Corps on November 30th, 2010. He served as a career infantryman as well as additional instructor billets including combative marksmanship trainer, Marine Corps martial arts instructor and as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Upon retirement, Troy was honored to continue his service as a Director of Veterans Affairs in the state of Michigan on both a county and state capacity. During these years of service in Michigan, Troy focused on the support of other veterans and their family’s needs rather than himself and his own. Being a Veteran Affairs Director, he had participated in nearly every aspect of veterans’ programs in both the non-profit arena’s as well as residential programs within the VA system. After six years of retirement, also subjecting his family to this painful transition from his active duty service, Troy had nearly succumbed to what he had perceived as a lost fight with PTSD and his other combat related issues. However, that would all change after he attended Operation Restored Warrior.
Since his Drop Zone, Troy has discovered the true freedom and restoration that can only be provided by Jesus. His life, family, relationships and his heart are now overflowing with the love and joy he had always heard of but had never been able to attain before ORW. His compassion and fire to serve his fellow veterans and nations heroes as a vessel of our Lord Jesus Christ is directly targeting those fellow Warriors in need of being rescued and restored.
Executive Chef Tom Walker is a Master Chef who has been running the Food Ministry for Operation Restored Warrior since its inception in the fall of 2008. After several years as an Executive Chef for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, he left a life of wandering far from God, never to look back again and soon after, Jesus got a hold of Tom’s heart.
The discovery of the sanctity of food and the intimacy at the “Table” has evolved into something that must truly be experienced. Tom will always tell you it’s not about the food, rather what happens in the breaking of bread – it is truly biblical. As a young soldier who experienced Tom’s food at an ORW Drop Zone once said, “I don’t know what heaven is going to be like, but now I do know what the food will be like.” This is a sentiment shared by all of the men who come through the ORW Drop Zone and that is especially true once they have experienced Tom’s heart for cooking and serving our veterans.
Tom lives in Edwards, Colorado with his wife Sarah and twin sons Ryan and Tyler. He is an avid fly fisherman and loves the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of southern California where he grew up in the 60’s.
Shannon Rusch, US Navy SEAL
Drop Zone Facilitator
Shannon Rusch, US Navy SEAL
Drop Zone Facilitator
Shannon Rusch is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and has extensive experience in communications, team leadership, and the delivery of solid results in high-stress environments. With experience as a United States Navy SEAL and a record of success in deployments to mitigate terrorism and narcotics trafficking throughout Central and South America. As the Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA Inc., Shannon brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to his roles as a trainer, speaker, and consultant for tactical and firearms skills development.
In addition to his role as Founder and Principle of SilentShadow USA, he also serves as the Founder and CEO of SEAL Swim Charities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a Mind, Body & Spirit approach to healing for veterans. Shannon also spends his time working as a facilitator with Operation Restored Warrior. After having his own personal encounter with Jesus and an undeniable spiritual experience he and his dog PigBear, decided to then help others overcome their personal struggles.
Shannon is a member of of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) graduating class 236. He currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Timothy Harting, SPC, US Army
Social Media & Website Development Consultant & Drop Zone Facilitator
Tim is the Social Media & Website Development Consultant and a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior. He served as a military police officer from 1999 to 2003 with two deployments, one peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and the other combat operations with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Tim deployed with the 108th Military Police Company (ABN/AASLT) to Afghanistan in December of 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as part of Task Force Rakkasan.
Brian “Coach” Cabral, Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champions, University of Colorado National Champions
Coach Brian Cabral is a LRE Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior, served as a 30-year College D1 Assistant Football Coach and a 9-year NFL Veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. His coaching experience includes 2 seasons at Purdue University, 24 seasons at the University of Colorado, including their National Championship in 1990, and 4 seasons at Indiana State University.
In Brian’s words: “In all that I have accomplished as a player and coach in athletics, it is ORW and the Drop Zone that has had the most profound impact on my life. To finally become the man that I was always meant to be. Free from all that has held me back. Free from what I didn’t know was holding me back. Free to live the life God has always meant for me to live.”
Daniel Strong, SSgt USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Daniel Strong is a Drop Zone Facilitator for Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a career infantryman with numerous deployments that included combat tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom earning commendations and awards including medals for valor and a Purple Heart. Daniel was wounded in combat from an IED explosion during his last deployment in Iraq in 2008. Due to the seriousness of his wounds, he was medically evacuated back to the United States where he spent eighteen months recovering and then was medically retired from active duty. He currently lives in Virginia and serves as a Marine Instructor teaching Marine Corps Junior ROTC at his local high school.
After Daniel’s time in service, his biggest struggles were with PTSD and physical pain. At the end of his rope, he reached out to his former Platoon Sergeant who had just attended an ORW Drop Zone himself. His friend shared how Jesus saved his life and could do the same for Daniel. After hearing the excitement and freedom in his friend’s voice on that phone call, Daniel decided he wanted to go. Daniel found his healing and restoration from Jesus at his Drop Zone and is committed to helping rescue his fellow veteran warriors by serving on the ORW team.
Rob Opsenica, CPL, USMC
Drop Zone Facilitator
Rob Opsenica is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a United States Marine Corps veteran having served from 1988 to 1995. He served on multiple deployments taking him to Iraq with Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as patrolling the Philippine jungles. Upon completion of his time in service, Rob found a passion for underground utility construction where he quickly advanced over the years.
After years of isolation and building walls to keep others at a distance, his marriage began to take a turn for the worse and Rob knew something needed to change or he would lose his wife. Rob attended a Big Daddy Weave concert and heard about the mission of ORW. He felt God nudge him to reach out and attend a Drop Zone so that he could experience the healing needed to save himself and his family.
Rob’s healing experience at his Drop Zone revealed to him that God has great plans for him. The vision and confidence Jesus brought led him to start his own underground construction company that serves major utility companies in and around the Chicago area. Along with this, Rob desires to serve fellow veterans through his involvement in Operation Restored Warrior.
As a restored warrior, Rob enjoys making the most of his time with his wife and kids as well as living out adventure by competing in Spartan races and triathlons. His life has changed for the better since his Drop Zone and he looks forward to what God has in store for the future.
David Body, PFC, Army National Guard
Drop Zone Facilitator
David Body is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and is currently serving as an infantryman for the Washington Army National Guard assigned to the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. Outside of his military service, David is an arboriculturist for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation.
David grew up living a Christian lifestyle but never truly experienced a deep relationship with Jesus. For many years, he lived knowing Jesus from his head but not from his heart. After marriage and starting a family, the brokenness of David’s heart was revealed in every aspect of his life. The truth came to light and it nearly cost him his marriage. His addictions led him to a cycle of shame that paralyzed him in fear and robbed him of genuine connection with his wife and children. Years and years of self effort and searching for relief led David to finding absolutely nothing, until he met Jesus through Operation Restored Warrior.
Jesus restored David’s heart and healed his life at his Drop Zone by bringing to light the many areas of his life he tried to hide the dark. David is able to connect with his family at a deep, intimate level like never before. His life has been rescued and his marriage saved and he no longer walks in shame but as a free man with transparency and integrity.
David’s desire to reach others so that they can experience the same freedom he has led him to serve with Operation Restored Warrior.
Mike Daley, SgtMaj USMC, (Ret)
Drop Zone Facilitator
Mike Daley is a Drop Zone facilitator at Operation Restored Warrior and a retired Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps with 22 years of service. He has served on several deployments including combat operations in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
Upon his retirement in August of 2012, Mike accepted a position as Director of Personal Training with a national fitness chain and as a International Sports Sciences Association Master Trainer where he utilized his leadership and fitness skills to help others obtain optimum health. Mike’s services were also summoned by leading experts and Hall of Fame inductees in the field of health and fitness and motocross motorcycle racing to assist others in becoming national champions. Mike is the 2004 SouthEast Motocross Association Series champion.
During and after his service in the military, Mike battled with alcohol, depression, a divorce, and the deaths of close friends and family members. He knew the path he was on would lead him to destruction so he turned to Jesus for help.
Since attending his Drop Zone in September of 2018, his desire to serve in ministry reached new levels and his focus was directed by God to become an ORW facilitator and help his fellow veterans. Mike believes he is physical proof that Jesus can bring healing and restoration to any man in any condition at any time.