Ryan Hendrix enlisted with the United States Marine Corps and graduated as a Lance Corporal Marine in 2005. He was in the Marine Reserves for five years and volunteered to serve a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006. Ryan began his career with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer in June 2012. In May 2015 he completed Basic Law Enforcement Training and became a patrol deputy and later a field training officer. He was an active member of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and was assigned as a Patrol Detective to “Charlie Squad”. Ryan was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
First Sergeant Christopher G. Allison
First Sergeant Allison was born in Nitro, West Virginia and enlisted in the Marine Corps September 11, 2000. He attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, SC. After Completing Marine Combat Training Camp Geiger, NC, Private First Class Allison transferred to Field Radio Operators Course 29 Palms, CA.
In March of 2001 Lance Corporal Allison transferred to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Regiment for duty as a field radio operator. Subsequently deploying on various operations throughout the Pacific Rim with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines and 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Maritime Special Purpose Force Platoon, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
In March of 2004 Sergeant Allison transferred to Basic Security Guard School, Little Creek, VA where attained the MOS of 8052. In May 2004 Sergeant Allison reported to Marine Corps Security Force Company, Kings Bay, GA. During this assignment, Sergeant Allison was served in billets as Section Leader, Platoon Sergeant and Guard Force Chief Inspector.
In May of 2007, Sergeant Allison transferred to1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO), Camp Pendleton, CA. During this assignment he served as Supporting Arms Liaison Team (SALT) Communications Chief, Team Chief, Brigade Communications Chief and Brigade Platoon Sergeant. He completed a successful combat tour in various Iraqi provinces and was promoted to Staff Sergeant upon his return to the continental United States.
In June 2009, Staff Sergeant Allison reported to 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Lejeune, NC subsequently serving with various platoons as Communications Chief and Team Leader. During this time, he deployed to various continents in CENTCOM area of operations with the 22nd MEU.
In March 2012 Staff Sergeant Allison reported for duty at the Pentagon to the National Military Command Center (NMCC), Washington, DC; serving as a Security Team Leader. During this time, he conducted various security details for the Secretary of Defense (SecDef), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and NMCC elements. While assigned in this billet he took a selection to Joint Communication Unit (JCU) at Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and was hired upon completion.
In July 2013, Staff Sergeant Allison reported to JSOC, Fort Bragg, NC for duty as a Joint Command Liaison Officer. During this time, he completed two combat deployments while serving in various teams. He attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and First Sergeant during his tour.
In September 2018, First Sergeant Allison reported to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA for duty as the Company First Sergeant for Company “A”, subsequently attaching to Battalion Landing Team, Third Battalion Fifth Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, CA for deployment with the 11th MEU. Upon return from deployment, First Sergeant Allison moved to H&S Company where he served in various billets as the Company First Sergeant, Executive Officer and Operations Chief.
Ray Charfauros served in the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2013 before receiving honorable discharge. While stationed at Marine Barracks 8th and I (8th & “eye”), Washington, DC, among diverse duty stations, he served in the Marine Corps Firing Party (21 gun salute) at Arlington National Cemetery and on the Dover Team, performing dignified transfers for the Fallen. While stationed at 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Camp Lejeune, Ray was deployed twice to Afghanistan; there, he served as a squad leader in the Battle of Marjah. Ray is featured in the book for his squad’s actions in Afghanistan called “The Fighters” by a Pulitzer Prize winner, Chris Chivers.
Ray’s personal military awards includes:
- Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor
- Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (x2)
- Good Conduct Medal (x2)
- Combat Action Ribbon
- 2007 Marine of the Year, Washington D.C. District (8th & I)
Once back in the Wilmington area, Ray continued to serve as a leader. He attended and graduated from University of North Carolina- Wilmington. He started his advocacy for veterans by speaking on behalf of the veteran population at Cape Fear and at various events around town. He later became an active member of the Disabled American Veterans continuing to assist veterans and their dependents gain their earned benefits. Ray became a Veteran Service Officer for Pender County, NC servicing the veterans in Pender County in 2016.
In 2017, Ray became CFCC’s Director of Veterans Services where he helped veterans and their family members navigate veterans’ educational benefits, veterans’ disability benefits, and provided an environment conducive for our student’s comradery and obtained the title of Top 10 Military Friendly Large Community Colleges across the nation.
In 2020, Ray decided to get back into uniform and Ray now serves his community working for his local Sheriff’s Office. There Ray works in the Detention Facility and serves on the Sheriff’s Honor Guard.
Ray’s main mission is to serve the people, serve his community, and ensure that we build a better society.