Iraq Veteran on SOF Board

Sentinels of Freedom Adds Successful Contractor, Iraq Veteran to Board

Sentinels of Freedom has recently invited HT Tran to join their Board of Directors, citing his business acumen and commitment to disabled veterans. HT was injured while serving in the Army in Iraq in 2008 and is also a former scholarship recipient of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation. The local non-profit provides multi-faceted scholarships to wounded and injured, post-9/11 veterans who are pursuing higher education as they transition back to civilian life.

HT lost his right eye to an IED and sustained permanent injuries to his left leg requiring a titanium rod to be implanted. Despite his injuries and a 15 month recovery period at Walter Reed hospital, HT successfully returned to civilian life. He started as a procurement officer with Northrop Grumman, which eventually led him to starting his own civil engineering company, Anvil Builders in 2010. Anvil Builders has completed tens of millions of dollars in municipal, state, and federal contracts, serving the Bay Area on some notable projects, including the Transbay Terminal, SFO Airport, and the historic Colt Tower.

As a former scholarship recipient, Sentinels of Freedom believes HT will provide invaluable insight on how to provide the best service to others in the program. “Beyond his first-hand experience as one of our Sentinels, we believe that HT, whose ambition and vision allowed him to start and grow a highly successful civil engineering business, will help us chart new avenues of growth and fundraising for our organization,” states Mike Conklin, Sentinels of Freedom CEO and Chairman.

HT will join a board that includes a VP from PG&E, a retired Major General, and a President from defense contractor powerhouse, General Dynamics.