Ronald Fowlkes: The St. Luis Hero
Ronald Fowlkes is a decorated war veteran, loving father and local hero. In 1989, Ronnie attended Marine Corps School of Infantry where he learned to be a rifleman, basic engineer and dedicated Marine. In 1990, Ronald Fowlkes took part in Operation Desert Shield to train and build up Saudi Arabia’s defenses and army against Saddam Hussein and Iraq. In 1991, Operation Desert Storm and the first Gulf War began. Ronald and his comrades took part in a coalition force that comprised 39 nations, over 400,000 U.S. soldiers and over 1.6 million forces in total. The magnitude, organization and commitment of the world made this war the cheapest war in American history.
Ronald Fowles served for two more years following Operation Desert Storm and was promoted twice for his leadership and tactical skills. After completing his tour of duty Ronald wasn’t done protecting his men and brothers. He joined the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). JIEDDO was an organization that developed technology and training to detect and disarm IED’s and bomb threats. The JIEDDO teams would move ahead of soldiers and disarm, remove and eliminate bomb threats and IED’s saving countless lives in the process. Ronald saw first hand the deadly impact IED’s had on American soldiers and Marines. Most of the casualties sustained by American troupes in Iraq and Afghanistan came from IED’s explosions. Ronald’s experience and profound knowledge on conflict and tactical strategies were paramount in improving JIEDDO’s efficiency and success.
After leaving JIEDDO and the military, Ronald wasn’t done protecting others. He joined the St. Luis Metropolitan Police department and County Police department where he served for 13 productive years. Ronald became a certified SWAT and URBAN tactics instructor and later became a team leader for the St. Luis Metropolitan police department’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). Ronald as team leader and his men took part in over 250 hostage and high-risk entries every year.
Currently Ronald Fowlkes is the Development Manager of Eagle Industries Unlimited Law Enforcement and commercial products. He trains the company’s 150 employees on how to use, clean and sell new Eagle Industries equipment and tactical gear. The company manufactures and sells tactical and survival equipment to the military, law enforcement and private individuals. For over forty years Eagle Industries has been improving and manufacturing the very best tactical gear that saves lives.
Ronald Fowlkes’s immaculate career has been to protect his comrades, family and the nation. He continues to train individuals and law enforcement recruits on the most efficient and effective tactical engagement strategies. Even with Ronald’s busy schedule of training and saving lives he still finds time to coach his sons hockey team. He has become a respected SWAT instructor, renowned executive and a local St. Luis hero.