The Warrior's Journey®

Challenges

All warriors face challenges that test their character, commitment and faith. Click on the topics that concern you to learn more from other warriors who found answers for their journey.

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Ethos

Warriors hold to a set of guiding beliefs or principles that shape their worldview and characterize their community. Each branch of service offers its own focus, but all hold to core truths about the value of defending the constitution and honoring the legacy of those who served before them. All hold to the 10 values you’ll find in this section.
Our goal is to offer insight, perspective and support to warriors and their families as they put these guiding beliefs and principles into practice.

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Board of Advisors

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Kevin Weaver

Chairman/CEO

Kevin serves as CEO and Co-Founder of The Warrior’s Journey and is a US Air Force veteran. He served as a UASF Security Officer at the 24th SPS and in the Office of Special Investigations at U.S. Southern Command in the Republic of Panama from 1983-1987. Leveraging his 30 years of pastoral leadership experience, he is utilizing his skills to help develop and advance the vision of Network211 and The Warrior’s Journey.

Kevin and his wife KyAnne have three adult sons: Kaleb, staff Pastor and worship leader at Bridgewood Church, Clarkston, MI, and his wife Michaelah; Keith, U.S. Army Ranger, Fort Benning, GA and his wife Kelli; Klay, U.S. Army, Fort Benning, GA, and two grandchildren.


Mark Flattery

President

Dr. Mark Flattery serves as the President of Network211 and The Warrior’s Journey.  He is a third generation missionary and he brings eight years of pastoral ministry and twenty-five years of missionary service to the leadership and visionary role in which he now serves. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Scott McChrystal

Col. Chaplain, US Army (Ret)

Scott McChrystal entered active duty in 1970 as a 2Lt in the infantry. He served 31 years on active duty, 10 as an infantry officer and the remainder as an Army chaplain. His line officer experience included a tour in Viet Nam as an Infantry Platoon Leader and 3 assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, As an Army chaplain, he had multiple tours at home and abroad. His final assignment was as the

His decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Award, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Army Ranger Tab. In recent years, he has authored several Christian devotionals, co-authored a Christian action-novel, and served as the Managing Editor for the The Warrior’s Bible, an application bible for the military community. Chaplain McChrystal and his wife, Judy, live in Springfield, Missouri, and have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.


William G. “Jerry” Boykin

Lt. General, US Army (Ret.)

LTG (Ret) William G. “Jerry” Boykin was one of the original members of the US Army’s Delta Force. He was privileged to ultimately command these elite warriors in combat operations. Later, Jerry Boykin commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School.

In his thirty-six years in the army, LTG Boykin also served a tour with the CIA. He has participated in clandestine operations around the world and served his last four years in the Army as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Today he is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become Warriors in God’s Kingdom.

Since June of 2012, Jerry has been serving as the Executive Vice President of the Washington DC based Family Research Council. He is also the occupies the Wheat Chair for Leadership Studies at Hampden Sydney College in Virginia.

Jerry & wife Ashley, enjoy spending time with their 5 children and growing number of Grandchildren.


Edwin Salau

1st LT, US Army (Ret)

Ed Salau joined the Marine Corps in 1988 right out of high school. Salau served as a radio repairer in Okinawa, Korea, Philippines, and North Carolina. From 1993 to 1995, he recruited future Marines in Minnesota. Salau ultimately attained the rank of Staff Sergeant, and he was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2000. Following his discharge, Salau enlisted in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

From 2000 to 2002, Salau served as an Infantry Team Leader. In 2002, he received a direct commission to Second Lieutenant, and he attended Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, GA. Lt. Salau’s unit was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February-November 2004. On November 15, 2004, his patrol was ambushed southeast of Tikrit with small arms and rocket propelled grenades. He was seriously wounded during that fight. In 2005, Lt. Salau was medically retired due to the injuries received in combat.

Since leaving the military, Lt. Salau has assisted combat-wounded service-members through their individual transitions from military to veteran lifestyles. He has worked in non-profit organizations and government positions placing him face-to-face with warfighters who are in
need of assistance. Lt. Salau currently works as a civilian employee of the Marine Corps, at Camp Lejeune, NC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University. His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal. He is married to Dawn Cash-Salau and is the proud father of two adult children, Kelli and Ethan.


Norman Brozenick

Maj. General, US Air Force (Ret)

Norm joins our Board of Advisors committed to thickening the ranks of Christ’s followers. He is passionate about enhancing and extending The Warrior’s Journey partnerships into a global network.

Norm is a 31-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Before retiring as the Vice Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, he commanded a special operations squadron, group, and wing. Norm’s joint duty includes serving on the Joint Staff; as Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; and Commander, Special Operations Command-Pacific.

Norm attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in International Affairs. He earned masters’ degrees from Troy State University, the United States Naval War College, and Air University’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Norm also completed the National Association of Corporate Directors’ From Battlefield to Boardroom program.

Norm is the owner of Azimuth Strategies Team, LLC, a defense consulting service. He serves on the board of directors for Shield of Faith Missions, the Air Force Enlisted Village, and the Air Commando Association.

Norm and his wife Lisa reside in Pensacola, FL.


Dean Bonura

Col. Chaplain, US Army (Ret)

Dean Bonura, Chaplain, (Colonel), U.S. Army, retired is the founder of Strong Heart Warrior, an educational resource for clergy and Christian counselors. Dean dedicated most of his adult life to military ministry, having served 35 years in the U.S. Army with nearly 30 years as a chaplain on active duty. He is married to Denise and they have five adult children, three of whom served in the military and one who serves as a Department of the Army Civilian.


Jack Van Dyken

Col. Chaplain, US Army (Ret)

Chaplain (COL) Jack Van Dyken is a retired Army Chaplain. He served in various positions of authority while in the Army culminating as the Command Chaplain United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He was sworn into the Army as a second lieutenant by his father, Chaplain (COL) Jack Van Dyken Sr., at his rehearsal dinner at Homestead Air Force Base, Florida in December 1974.

Chaplain Van Dyken began his military career in the Army Reserves, where he served for seven years while in seminary and later at his first ministerial charge at Oakdale Community Christian Reformed Church in California. He entered the active Army as a Chaplain at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 1982. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (awarded 5 times), and the Legion of Merit (awarded 2 times).

His military service spanned 38 years. He continues his affiliation with the United States Army as a serving board member of the Military Community Youth Ministries Board of Trustees and membership in the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He is married to his wife of 43 years, Cathy Greene Van Dyken. They have three children and nine grand children.

After his retirement from the United States Army, he used his GI Bill to attend the Golf Academy of America in Orlando Florida. He graduated in December 2014 and is a member of the Professional Golf Association and a certified instructor with John Jacobs Golf.