Houston, TX Chapter President
Cress Clippard graduated from North Carolina State University and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in 2012. After completing the Basic Officer Course and Infantry Officer Course, he was assigned to Company C “Suicide Charley”, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twentynine Palms, CA. He deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2014, where he assisted with the coalition retrograde from Sangin District, the security of FOB Dwyer in Garmsir District, and was the liaison to the Afghan National Army’s 1st Brigade, 215th Corps at Camp Garmsir. In 2015 and 2016, Cress deployed to Kuwait with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force responsible for crisis response in U.S. Central Command. During that deployment, he commanded a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) force, conducted a site survey and crisis response planning for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and maintained the training and readiness of his platoon for a variety of crisis response missions.
In the summer of 2016, Cress transitioned into the civilian sector, where he was recruited to work at the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF). TMF empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. Cress established the TMF office in Houston, and is responsible for overseeing the strategy development, program implementation and expansion, and budget execution in the central region of the U.S. Since establishing the office, Cress has implemented all regional TMF character development and veteran service programs in Houston. Additionally, he expanded TMF’s impact by establishing chapters in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, with plans to continue growth throughout the U.S. central region.
After Hurricane Harvey, Cress took part in a combined campaign to assist the recovery effort. From a collaborative veteran’s space called Combined Arms, Cress led an operations center, which employed and tracked volunteers while matching them with victims that needed help. For his efforts during the following weeks he was awarded the Atlas Award by Combined Arms and designated a “Harvey Hero” by Lone Star Veterans Association.
In his personal time, Cress is active in several other organizations. He is currently serving as the Houston Chapter President for No One Left Behind, an organization that assists former interpreters from Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the Chairman Community Collaboration Committee at Combined Arms.
Cress currently resides in Houston, Texas.