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.
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.
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.
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.