CSM(R) Eric L. Fies, FRGS

CSM(R) Eric L. Fies, FRGS

Eric FiesCSM(R) Eric L. Fies, FRGS, MN’16

Eric is a retired United States Army Command Sergeant Major with over 22 years of extensive field leadership experience in the Infantry and Special Operations Forces culminating in promotion to the highest Noncommissioned Officer rank possible. He has lead expeditions and military operations on five continents earning him the Legion of Merit medal for his exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the United States.

Eric is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and became a member of The Explorers Club Washington Group in 2016. In addition, Eric is a National Outdoor Leadership School Leave No Trace Master Educator, a certified Hiking Guide and Wilderness First Responder, and a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Fies served as the Deputy Expedition Leader for Dr. Jut Wynne FN’06 and Flag #139 in a caving expedition on Rapa Nui in 2016

Fies continues to serve with the Department of Defense. He also owns North Star Adventure Consulting, aimed at assisting and advising expeditions in their planning, organization, and preparation and helping individuals escape traditional tour groups to explore the globe independently, safely, and responsibly.

In addition to the above, Eric founded Camouflage for Conservation, a cause aimed at mobilizing Military Veterans to protect wildlife around the globe. In October 2017, he will lead a team of six combat-wounded Veterans on an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, then assess, assist, and advise African Wildlife Rangers performing anti-poaching patrols in Tanzania and Kenya.

Eric holds Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the American Military University and is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy: the world’s foremost Senior Noncommissioned Officer military leadership and management school. His wife, Amber, is an accomplished dressage rider, professional equestrian trainer, and owns Elite Power Stables in Purcellville, Virginia. They live there with their three horses, three cats, and dog.