Armed Forces Initiative Leadership

TH 2012Trevor Hubbs, AFI Coordinator

Trevor grew up in a small town in Southern Illinois at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, just south of where the Missouri meets the Mississippi River. He enlisted in the Army after High-school and volunteered for the Airborne Infantry where he served for 6 years, before transferring to be an ROTC instructor at Eastern Illinois University. 

After transitioning out of the military Trevor became a business consultant primarily in the construction industry working with 5-15 million dollar companies developing processes and procedures to standardize their business practices.  He was able to take these skills to the Armed Forces Initiative after it started in 2020 working through the operations of the program and finding ways to standardize the organization for repeatable success.

Contact Trevor:

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Advisory Board

Justin Townsend, Communications Director

Justin Townsend is an avid hunter, angler, and chef whose passions for the outdoors lead him to create Harvesting Nature in 2011 where he now acts as the Editor-in-Chief. He continues to hunt, fish, and cook all while sharing his experiences with others through film, on podcasts, in print, and with recipes. Justin also proudly serves in the United States Coast Guard.  

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LTC Andrew Ruszkiewicz, US Army, Installations Manager 

Andy was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin and spent most of his summers in the northern part of the state at a family cabin or in Ontario chasing smallmouth bass, walleye, crappie, and muskies. After attending college and commissioning as an Army Officer he has served in numerous assignments with five years in the conventional Army and 13 in Army Special Operations.  Andy has completed 6 combat deployments in support of operations in Afghanistan, East and West Africa, and Iraq and served a year in Korea. He currently serves as the Professor of Military Science and Commander of the University of New Hampshire Wildcat BN ROTC.  Andy also sits on the North American Advisory board of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Armed Forces Initiative where he leads the Installation Pillar of the program.         

Andy is married to his amazing wife Monica and they have three awesome kids, Tucker(10), Blair(7) and Luke(3). 

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Ryan Burkert, AFI Liaisons Manager

Ryan grew up in Michigan "hunting adjacent" and did a little fishing, but mostly played traditional sports.  After college, Ryan spent the next 20 years in the Army, predominantly as a special operations aviation officer and helicopter pilot.  He discovered public lands through rock climbing, ice climbing, and paddling and became interested in public lands advocacy after Bears' Ears National Monument was reduced by 85% in 2017.  When he retired from the Army, he started working for a Fortune 100 technology company, and moved to Montana specifically for the access to public land.  He didn't start hunting until he was 42 years old and last year , his first full hunting season, spent 73 days in the field with a rifle, bow, shotgun, or fly rod in his hand.  He's been an active volunteer with BHA's Armed Forces Initiative since its inception in June 2020. 

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DJ Zor, Treasurer 

DJ Zor is a Lifetime member of BHA.  In the past he has served with great effect on the Arizona Trout Unlimited Board and the BHA State Board.  DJ recently moved to Montana with his family and is a massive asset to the AFI Team in the Area. In December of 2021 DJ was asked to join the National Advisory Board in our Treasurer Position and he graciously accepted. DJ is a Navy Sub-Mariner and looks the part. 

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  Justin Spruiell, Policy and Partnerships

   After joining the U.S. Army in 2011, Justin went to Germany as     Military Police where he learned to fly fish, and used this new found  passion to help introduce service members to the outdoors and open up new opportunities for Americans through invasive species removal. Upon leaving the Military in 2018, Justin had caught fish on the fly in 6 different countries and 18 different states, along with obtaining a degree in Fish and Wildlife Management.

In 2021, the Armed Forces Initiative was where he wanted to spend his extra energy while spreading his knowledge and passion of public lands to the Veteran Community. Still based in Washington, Justin serves as the Policy, Education and Conservation Partnership Manager.

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Tirel Gowans, AFI Canada Lead

Tirel Gowans began hunting with his father at young age and now frequently hunts the awesome variety of
small and big game species Alberta has to offer. His passion for conservation led him to the Alberta Chapter where he sits on the board of directors as well as leads the Land & Water Access committee. Being a Canadian Forces veteran and friend to military community, Tirel gladly stepped up to lead the Armed Forces Initiative program in Canada. 

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State/Installation AFI Leadership

Fort Bragg: [email protected]


Fort Wainwright: [email protected]


Camp Lejune: [email protected]


Fort Carson: [email protected]


Kirtland AFB: corriganjo[email protected] 


Minot AFB: [email protected]


Coast Guard Base Kodiak: [email protected]


Joint Base Elmdorf-Richardson: [email protected]


Fort Levenworth: [email protected]


Peterson-Schever Garrison: [email protected]


Fort Hood: [email protected]


Fort Bliss: [email protected]


Fort Huachuca: [email protected]


Alaska : [email protected]


Colorado: [email protected]


Connecticut: [email protected]


Georgia: [email protected]


Illinois: [email protected]


Indiana: [email protected]


Kansas: [email protected]


Kentucky[email protected]


Michigan: [email protected]


Minnesota: [email protected]


Montana: [email protected]


New Mexico: [email protected]


North Carolina: [email protected]


Texas: [email protected]


Vermont: [email protected]


Virginia:[email protected]


Washington: [email protected]


Wisconsin: [email protected]