We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Mayne and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tony, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After 20 years in the Army, I wanted the responsibility and opportunities business ownership provides. Military members are blessed to be surrounded by some of the most selfless, servant leaders America has to offer. I feel it is my responsibility to share what I have learned. Most importantly, now that I am out of uniform, I can use my platform as a US Army Ranger and Special Operations veteran to be a champion for Jesus Christ. Ranger For Life complements my work with GallantFew, Inc. in the military-to-civilian transition space and our family’s leadership of the St. Luke United Methodist Church’s Military Ministry at the Ranger Outreach Center in Columbus, Ga.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When my wife Nicole and I decided to retire from the Army after 20 years of service I enlisted a network of mentors to help me forge my next career path. I found that to a person, each of my mentors was passionate about three things – faith, family, and passion pursuits. The overwhelming lesson I heard repeated over and over – follow your heart and do work that you find meaningful.

So, in 2017 before leaving Columbus, Ga. for my final military assignment at US Special Operations Command, Nicole and I decided we would hang up our Army boots in 2020 to return to Columbsus’ St, luke Church to lead the military ministry. We made faith the priority and everything else fell into place.

Volunteering with the veteran support nonprofit turned into a full-time position as the national military-to-civilian transition director. Our church made a huge commitment to the military ministry by establishing the Ranger Outreach Center, a one-of-a-kind holistic active duty and veteran support center designed for soldiers and families to thrive.

But, I still had a desire to use my platform as an Army Ranger and participation in some pretty extraordinary combat missions to share the life-giving power of Jesus Christ. Thanks to the support of Nicole, Dr. Dorette Nysewander of D Group Consulting, and Karl Monger, executive director of GallantFew, we launched Ranger For Life in 2021 to provide “Christ-Led Leadership for America”.

Leading Ranger For Life is an opportunity not only to share my faith but also to speak freely about the need of spiritual fitness and wellness practice across our nation. The data is real. The science is solid. Individuals and communities are happier, healthier, and live longer when they respect and support the spiritual growth of individuals. Acceptance of religious practices is one thing. Encouragement of individuals to explore why they believe what they believe is essential to mental and physical health. Ranger For Life helps businesses and organizations envision a better way to promote the spiritual growth of their people.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would love to show you life “way down yonder on the Chattahoochee”.

Start your day at the National Infantry Museum. Columbus is home to Fort Benning where infantry and armor soldiers are made. All US Army Rangers are made in Georgia at US Army Range School and the 75th Ranger Regiment. Get a taste of the history and sacrifice of the American Soldier at the National Infantry Museum – the nation’s top-ranked free military museum. Can’t beat it.

Then make your way by foot and bike along the paved Riverwalk to our downtown, Uptown Columbus. From fine dining at Salt Cellar, Epic, and 11th and Bay to casual fare at the Cannon or Smoke, you can show off or just show up and enjoy whatever scale of dining desired in a three-block radius. I highly encourage a stop into the Cannon for a Red Jacket Ale.

Then hit the “Hooch” with a whitewater rafting to zipline experience across the river. Did you know Columbus has hosted the World’s Whitewater Championships? Now you do. Check out our rapids for yourself.

Finish your day with family and friends at Banks Food Hall where kids can play in the waterpark during summer and enjoy the variety of playsets while adults enjoy a dessert or a nightcap nearby.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Without a doubt, the relationship I have with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has made any of the success I have had possible.

I am indebted to the special operations Rangers of the 75th Ranger Regiment headquartered at Fort Benning, Ga. The Rangers took a young boy from southeastern Ohio and turned him into a warrior and servant leader. This July, three Rangers from my initial unit were inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame, I am humbled to have walked in their boots and will continue to serve them until my last day,

Website: rangerforlife.com

Instagram: @rangerforlifellc

Linkedin: Ranger For Life

Twitter: @rangermayne

Facebook: Ranger For Life – www.facebook.com/rangerforlifellc

Youtube: Ranger For Life – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkNgp_edJRw5-KDpm1dRyDg

Image Credits
With Flag – New York Times In Helicopter – Marty Skovlund, Black Rifle Coffee Company All others – Jaerett Engeseth

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