Preston Rice is the founder and co-author of The Little Forces LLC. He entered the United States Air Force in January 2001 as a Weather Technician. His first duty Assignment took him to Germany where he studied and implemented his training as a Weather Forecaster. “It was an opportunity to see the world.”
Preston experienced all that Europe had to offer by traveling and visiting some of the regions greatest attractions. He participated in the Nijmegen hundred-mile march in the Netherlands, which is an event that promotes sport and exercise. Preston was promoted ahead of his peers while stationed in Germany. After spending two years in Europe, Preston was assigned to Hurlburt Field, Florida where he worked directly with the Special Operations community. While there, he deployed in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent several months in Iraq and Kuwait providing weather briefs to aircrews and commanders to facilitate decision making on high priority missions.
Upon leaving the military, Preston became proficient in personal training while studying kinesiology and engineering. Preston’s interests are boundless and he enjoys the opportunity to learn new skills. He enjoys skydiving and bungee jumping. On a trip to Belize he dove at the famous Blue hole. “It was an experience I will never forget.” His desire to learn and enjoy life’s adventures will never diminish.
He currently works for L-3 Technologies which requires him to travel overseas for two months at a time. While home, Preston enjoys spending time with his three boys. Preston has always envisioned starting his own business. These books represent something bigger than just a project for him. They are a chance to give back to the Special Operations community and support other veterans like himself. For Preston, his sons and his close relationship with his twin brother have been the inspiration in the creation and writing of the “Little Forces” stories.
Brock Rice entered the United States Air Force in November 2000 where he began his career as a Combat Controller. He endured a demanding two-year selection process that has an attrition rate of over 70%. Brock completed one of the Nation’s toughest selection courses and was sent to some of the military’s elite schools to include Military Free Fall and Combat Diver Qualification.
Brock worked with Navy S.E.A.L.S and Special Forces teams in Afghanistan and Iraq during his seven combat rotations. His career projected him into Joint Special Operations command “JSOC.” As a highly skilled communicator and problem solver coupled with the ability to take decisive action, he was called upon to perform the nation’s toughest missions. For his actions on the battlefield, Brock received two bronze stars (one with valor) and four Joint Service Accommodation medals (with valor) along with many other decorations.
Beyond the military, Brock has had diverse entrepreneurial experiences. He has worked in Real Estate, product development and is now a software developer at a startup technology company. Brock is an active hiker and enjoys riding Motorcycles. He holds a class C license through the US Parachute Association and is a Master diver licensed through PADI.
Brock is married to Kate Rice (Szafran) and together they keep themselves busy by chasing their two boys under the age of three. Entrepreneurship has been a passion of Brocks since leaving the military. He has helped veterans start companies and develop ideas. “Many veterans desire to be in charge of their own destiny and strive to bring value to their communities through innovative ideas.” Brock realized, that in order to get behind a project that he really cared about, it needed to have meaning. For him “Little Forces” is one of those projects.
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