Golden West Humanitarian Foundation

About us

The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is a United States based non-profit charity dedicated to the development of innovative technologies, training, and techniques that are used to enhance the global effectiveness of the humanitarian mine action community.

Our team has a wealth of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), physical security stockpile management, training, and technical experience. Golden West personnel are community-minded, highly qualified, and well versed in the challenges faced in countries worldwide.

By working collaboratively with governments, the UN, National Mine Action Centers, and our peer NGOs, we address the needs of the mine action community and strive to ensure the widest dissemination and the application of innovation to save lives.

Our founder

Joe Trocino
President and Chairman

Jospeh L. Trocino, President and Founder of Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, is engaged in the design and production of specialty products and services dedicated to the neutralization and disposal of landmines and unexploded ordnance worldwide. After military service in the U.S. Army, Manhattan Project, he was employed by the University of California’s Los Alamos Laboratory as a Research Chemist; Maytag Company as a Methods Engineer; and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission as a Research Administrator. He attended the University of Iowa, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.
In a joint program with the West German Land Forces, he developed and implemented an anti- Armor Ditching System for NATO. Variations of this system were adopted by other countries for road cratering, bunker breaching and bridge demolition. He also produced new high-energy fuels and safety standards for the auto racing industry. For the oil and gas industry he pioneered and developed new techniques and systems for underwater pipeline ditching, wellhead severing, harbor deepening and oil/gas well production enhancement.
Under his direction, the Foundation sponsored a new approach to mine awareness education and training in which people are taught to recognize various “indicators” in realistic settings so as to avoid dangerous areas that contain mines or Unexploded Ordnance (UXO). Included in the “Indicator” Program is a simple system for identifying and reporting hazardous items to local authorities for disposal by local response teams. He also development safe and effective binary demolition systems for the disposal of landmines, UXO and live munitions.

Our leadership

Allan Vosburgh
Chief Executive Officer

Al is a Master EOD technician with over 50 years of experience in Munitions Management, Ordnance Disposal, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Humanitarian Demining, Safety, and Technology Assessments and is a retired US Army Colonel.

Mike Trocino
Chief Financial Officer

Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration CSUN and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He also has over 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, finance, and administration.

Chris McMurray
Chief Operations Officer

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, and has served in law enforcement for the past 27 years. During his 21 years with the FBI, Chris held a variety of posts in the United States, including administration of the FBI Special Agent Bomb Technician Program. Additionally, Chris served as the FBI Attaché at United States diplomatic missions in Canada, Ukraine, and Cambodia.

Len Austin
Chief of EOD Operations

Len is a Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician with extensive operational experience involving EOD, Humanitarian Demining, and the render safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). His background includes training civilian and military personnel in demining and EOD operations. He is also a retired Master Sergeant from the U.S. Marine Corps.

Lee moroney
director of pssm

Lee is a Senior British Army Ammunition Technician with global operational experience in CIED, EOD & Ammunition Management. He has managed Humanitarian Mine Action Programmes in South Sudan, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Thailand, and currently runs the Golden West PSSM program in Moldova & Macedonia. Additionally, Lee holds a Masters of Arts in International Policy & Diplomacy and is an active member of the Institute of Explosives Engineers.

Mark Lasley
Chief of Training

Mark is a Master Level, Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician who has operational experience supervising operations in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and South Pacific. He has led successful operations in EOD, Humanitarian Demining, and the render safe of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). He is an experienced technical advisor on the safe demilitarization of ordnance for use as training aids and a Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired, 27 years) US Marine Corps, as well as the project lead for Solomon Islands Project.

John Kelsch
Thailand Country director

John came to Golden West following a thirty-year career as a Combat Engineer in the United States Marine Corps.  His experience with Program and Project Management of the US Marine Forces Pacific Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program and the Exercise Related Construction Program adds depth to the Golden West team.  His efforts ensure logistics and technical advisory support to the USINDOPACOM and MARFORPAC HMA program in Thailand and Cambodia.

Dr. Cj Cowlin
Director of academics and technology

Cj is a tactical academic with more than 30 years of Navy EOD experience. He holds eight graduate degrees, including multiple doctorates, and is a multilingual global expert in crisis innovation.  He has served in critical technological roles supporting the location and recovery of ROKS Cheonan ship in Korea, post-tsunami disaster response in Japan, and scores of large scale ordnance disasters. CJ is doctoral faculty at four major universities, helping develop next-generation EOD tools and inform strategic studies research involving Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).  At Golden West, he acts as the primary link between academia and field operations to develop, validate, and bring new ideas to the mass market.

Our Mission

We’re committed to restoring and protecting communities that have been affected by unexploded ordnance. By leveraging our network of passionate, skilled individuals, we safeguard the lives and livelihoods of men, women, and children residing in areas threatened by poorly store munitions, or contaminated with landmines and other remnants of war. Our innovative training, technologies, and tools empower us to change the world for the better by helping people reconnect with their environment and stay safe from these post-conflict hazards.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which peace and prosperity dominates, and people can enjoy their land and natural resources without fear. By blending innovation with impact, we aim to build a collective of passionate partners who can help post-conflict areas become thriving communities. Our approach emphasizes affordability and sustainability as we work towards a world where humanity can embrace our environment and each other, free of the explosive remnants of war.

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