Gordon Melton, President/Treasurer
United States Air Force
96th Civil Engineering Squadron
Gordon Melton is the Creator and President of Hunting with Soldiers.
Gordon is a 100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran. He created Hunting with Soldiers in 2007 after a tragic incident which affected him mentally while serving on the Volunteer Fire Department in Paducah, TX. Prior to this incident, Gordon had been wanting to do something for the Veterans who had been to war, to help them with the mental trauma. He was not sure what he wanted to do but after this incident, he was setting in the deer blind just watching the animals. He realized that a peace had come over him and how much it helped. That is where the idea of Hunting with Soldiers was created.
Not only does Gordon serve the Veterans, he also, as stated above, served as a Volunteer Fireman for his Community. He also served his community as City Councilman for 3 years then Mayor for 7 years.
He is no longer on the Volunteer Fire Department or in City Politics, but has dedicated his life to helping Combat Veterans of all wars through Hunting with Soldiers.
Bobby Pennington, Vice President/Assistant Treasurer
Hunting with Soldiers Love God, my Pardner (wife) Barb, Family and my Country. Enjoy time at home with our horses, dogs and other critters. I'm proud to be a part of this organization and help those that have sacrificed so much for all of us. There are no words to describe the emotions of seeing these heroes leave with a smile.
I have been in the construction field for about 40 years and the last few have as a self employed Project Superintendent. Primarily working at the V.A. Hospitals in Dallas, Bonham, Waco and Temple.
Nathan Viduya, Secretary
My name is Nathan Viduya, from 1999 to 2005 I served in the United states Air Force. After serving in the military, I served the city of Seattle as a K9 police officer from 2006 to 2010. Then from the middle of 2010, I lateraled back home to Hawaii to work as a K9 Sheriffs deputy where I served 2 years. From 2012 to present I now reside in San Antonio, Texas and work at Lackland AFB as a K9 training instructor for Dept of Homeland Security.
Buckey Lobdell, Assistant Secretary
Hello, my name is Buckey Lobdell. I was raised in Lander, Wyoming, and resided there for the majority of my life. In 2009, I decided to leave my hometown to pursue a career as a wheeled mechanic in the Army. Since being in the Army, I have been deployed twice. I am currently stationed in Fort Hood, Texas with my wife, daughter, and two dogs. I have been very active with Hunting with Soldiers, and recently I have become the secretary of the organization. I have a great passion and gusto for the outdoors; fishing, hunting, hiking, you name it and I’m there. My family and the outdoors is what keeps me going!
Gregory Pond, Sergeant at Arms
I have 2 Daughters and 5 Grand Angels. I live in the little town of Silsbee located in South East Texas. My hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping, water sports and outdoor activities, Volunteer Fire fighter and Hunting with Soldiers.
I work in the Oil & Gas Industry as a QHSE Manager for a Oil & Gas Equipment Manufacturing Company. I have been in this position sense October 2018. Prior to that I spent 20 plus years as HSE Officer offshore and Shore Based Rotating HSE Manager overseas.
I enjoy being part my community as a Volunteer Fire fighter and being part of HWS. Both are very rewarding. I have co-sponsored a hunt at the Texas Divide Ranch for the last 6 years the weekend between CHRISTmas and New Year’s. This hunt gets stronger every year.
I hope to be able to contribute to HWS program in every way possible for years to come. Now that I’m back in USA 24/7, I can get more involved with HwS mission.