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Paul O. Davis, Ph.D., FACSM | Photos by Michael DeGrandpre

Paul O. Davis, III, PhD, is the president of the First Responder Institute. He is a graduate of the School of Public Health, University of Maryland and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Under contract to the Marine Corps, he embedded as a rifleman and conducted a five-year job task analysis of the critical and arduous tasks required for the MOS 0311 in high altitude, cold weather, desert, jungle and amphibious operations. Under contract to Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), Dr. Davis developed physical performance standards for all uniformed personnel.

Dr. Davis was also a member of the Astronaut Rescue Team Initiative- a joint-USAF-NASA project to designed to increase survivability of a Space Shuttle launch mishap, created after the Challenger incident.

For the Navy, he carried out a world-wide certification program for Command Fitness Coordinators. For the Army, he wrote the first POI (program of instruction) for the Physical Fitness Academy at the Soldier Support Center.

He is the executive producer of several ESPN, Versus, A&E, CBS Sports and Discovery Channel productions including the Marine Corps Super Squad Challenge, Army Ranger Challenge, World SWAT Challenge and the Firefighter Combat Challenge®.

He has authored more than 200 treatises, articles and reports as well as two books- most recently: Hard Work: a guide for human resource managers, labor attorneys, and ergonomists- co-authored with Dr. Brian Sharkey.


Rob Alesbury

Rob Alesbury has more than 30 years of business development and senior management experience in a range of multinational companies, small businesses, and new ventures – including numerous national program launches similar to the Battle Challenge.

Through his nearly ten year affiliation with the Firefighter Combat Challenge, Rob has planned the Challenge’s national tour and developed an extensive event management and first responder network that will help build the Battle Challenge’s travel schedule, sponsor alliances and military partnerships as it is launched at bases throughout the nation and ultimately, the world.   

Rob has a BS in Economics from Hobart College and an MBA from Columbia University. Rob and his wife live in Arlington, VA and are the proud parents of two adult children.


SSgt. James Daily (Ret.)

James Daly a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and has served two tours in combat. Desert Storm (1991) and Iraqi Freedom (2003). James Daly while in the Marines served under the Provost Marshal Office holding several different jobs.

Some of the jobs where Watch Commander, Training Chief, Accident Investigation Chief and Operations Chief. While working as the Training Chief James "Staff Sergeant" Daly ensured the Marines received the proper training to stay proficient as a Marine and as a Military Policeman. As the Accident Investigator Chief James "Staff Sergeant" Daly supervised all traffic accidents, special events and traffic flow aboard the base. James "Staff Sergeant" Daly has investigated over 1500 accidents and 40 fatalities during his time in the Marines. James "Staff Sergeant" Daly was also one of four Accident Reconstructionist in the Marine Corps from 1998-2002. James "Staff Sergeant" Daly also served on President Fords funeral detail in January 2007.

James "Staff Sergeant" Daly has received a Navy Commendation Medal along with the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a gold star in lieu of second award.

James "Staff Sergeant" Daly has also earned his Bachelor Degree in Business and also a Master's Degree in Operational Leadership from National University.


Corporal Brent Davis, USMC

Brent Davis is our on staff Logistician, and has served two combat tours in Iraq; First Tour as a Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman during the initial Iraq invasion in 2003, driving one of the first vehicles to cross the Iraqi border, making the march north all the way to Baghdad, continuing to Tikrit and then staging in An Nasiriyah as the Q.R.F for the region.

In his Second Tour he served with the last riverine unit in the Marine Corps, providing dam security, clandestine inserts and counter insurency missions on the Euphrates. Designated as DSU III as a S.U.R.C. Boat Machine Gunner, and Combat Rubber Recon Team Member in 2006/07. DSU recovered over 75 weapons caches and participated in covert operations with all branches of the military.

Brent is a Presidential Unit Citation and Army Commendation recipient. He is currently a firefighter in Montgomery County (MD).

Prior to joining the Marine Corps and after his honorable discharge he has worked as a part of the National Logistics Team for the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge®- a 24-year traveling competition seen on ESPN, A&E and CBS-Sports. He has also been a crew member of the World SWAT Challenge, and the L.E.O.P.A.R.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Performance & Reaction Drill) competiton. He is a consultant and official for the Battle Challenge.


Chief Ron Beckman (Ret)

Ron Beckman is the Fleet Manager, and was a 40-year resident of Albuquerque, beginning a 22-year career as a professional firefighter in 1979 – served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Field Chief Officer, in the Fire Marshal's Office for 5 years, all Special Tactical Operations including hazardous materials and finally as a Deputy Chief of all front-line fire suppression and EMS units and fire stations. Ron enjoyed marketing and burn and injury prevention programs while in the fire service and worked for and with the American Red Cross in a variety of programs. He retired with distinction in 2000.

Ron has an extensive background in instructional development and training for emergency responders over a 30 year period, including performing as a FEMA contact instructor at the National Fire Academy and also began a small business for OSHA compliance training in 1999. Ron started teaching as a contractor for the U.S. Department of State for Weapons of Mass Destruction training in 2001. Ron has taught WMD Operations Courses in twelve countries to prepare foreign emergency forces for attacks using WMD at U.S. Embassies including preparation and training of 25,000 personnel for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Ron has worked for a number of non-profits in the Four Corners region providing services to ARCA as a property manager and the SWRETAC as an Occupant Protection. He lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado and moved permanently to Colorado with his wife, Bernice three years ago.


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