OUR TEAM

Richard “Rick” Ecker

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

While serving more than 38 years in public service, Rick has been fortunate to have worked at all levels within the Department of Defense, serving in positions where he was able to learn, advice, and help bring attention to problems which surround our veteran community.

Spending more than 22 years as a United States Marine, he focused most of his career in Public Affairs / Community and Media Relations, working not only with the Marines, but veterans from all branches of the service.

Right after retirement from the Marine Corps, he worked as the Executive Director of the United States Marines Youth Foundation, a nationally based, military focused, youth fitness foundation. He later worked as a government contractor, managing an Air Force Public Affairs contract supporting Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, as well as the Public Affairs Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Rick retired as Director of Community Outreach, for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after serving for more than 13-years. Rick has continually been at the forefront of veteran issues. From a national level, he was able to learn; and many times, offer support to an array of organizations focused on veteran issues. From fighting homelessness to keeping a veteran in his home, he was able to experience first-hand “the need” that our veterans face today.

Throughout his career, Rick has always had a concern and a big heart for our veterans, our first responders and their families; and looked for ways where he could give back…Today, the Vets on Track Foundation gives him that opportunity. He created the Foundation with his family to help address critical needs and give our veterans and first responders the support they need!

Together with his wife Lesley, and daughters Brittany and Rileigh, they are helping to honor and support our servicemen and women and first responders. Together, they look to build the Vets on Track Foundation into a nationally focused organization that develops “real” solutions for “real” issues surrounding our veterans, first responders and their families.

Edwin Talbott

Director of Operations

Gen Pace Coat and Tie.jpgGeneral Peter Pace retired in 2007, after more than 40 years of active service in the United States Marine Corps.

As the sixteenth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005-2007), he served as the principal military advisor to the President, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2001-2005), the first Marine to serve in either of these positions.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Teaneck, NJ, General Pace is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and the National War College. He holds a master’s degree in Administration from George Washington University.

In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a President can bestow.

He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of several corporate entities involved in management consulting, private equity, and cybersecurity. He and his wife, Lynne, are associated with a number of charities focused on supporting the troops and their families.

Logan Carpenter

Assistant Director of Operations

A native of Stafford, Virginia, Logan graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in May 2015 before commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. After completing his first assignment with the 62nd Medical Brigade at Fort Lewis, WA, Logan was reassigned to Fort Stewart, GA to join the 3rd Infantry Division as a senior medical planner. Logan deployed to both South Korea and Germany in support of allied countries before leaving active duty in the Summer of 2022 at the rank of Captain.

After leaving active duty, Logan joined the Vets on Track Foundation as the Assistant Director of Operations. As the descendant of a World War II veteran, Logan is passionate about supporting our local Heroes through the work of the foundation.