Inspiration: LtCol Tim Maxwell, USMC (ret.)
LtCol Tim Maxwell, USMC (retired), is President of SemperMax, a company dedicated to working with and aiding wounded warriors and consulting those in a position to make a difference. He served as an infantry officer and advisor to the Wounded Warrior Regiment until June 29, 2009, when he retired due to combat injuries after twenty-one years of honorable and dedicated service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Masters in Operations Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Park University. He deployed six times throughout his career with three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. During his final deployment to Iraq, LtCol Maxwell suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on October 7, 2004 when his forward operating base in Kalsu was mortared and shrapnel tore through the left side of his brain. Through his recuperation, he discovered that for himself and others, recovery was enhanced by being together with other wounded warriors. Today, due to his extraordinary leadership and vision, Marines at the Wounded Warrior Barracks (Maxwell Hall, named in his honor) located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, find improved recovery through team healing. His push to ensure that the needs of Wounded Warriors are met and the success of Maxwell Hall became a catalyst of reform and wounded warrior programs throughout DOD. His insight is attributed to the development and establishment of The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment.
LtCol Maxwell’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (6), and others. Civilian awards for service include: The R.Lee Ermey’s Ooh Rah Award, The President of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Award, Esquire Magazine’s Best and Brightest Recognition, The Mack McKinney Award, and The Bobby Simpson Memorial Award.
LtCol Maxwell’s article “The Team” has been published in the LA Times, and his interviews and motivational story have been highlighted over the last five years in the following media outlets: Esquire Magazine, CNN, The Dallas Morning News, The LA Times, NPR, VFW Magazine, The Washington Post and others.
He has provided motivational speeches in such forums as The Patriot Gala, CAT Team Leadership Meeting 2005, The R. Lee Ermey Celebrity Experience – Gunny’s Ball, Marine For Life Command Conference, HQMC Resource, Evaluation and Analysis (REA) conference, and the Force Health Protection Conference.