Biographies

Craig “Saw” Sawyer

Craig “Saw” Sawyer

Team Leader, Navy SEAL (Fmr.)

“We’re not afraid to go after the bad guys…”

Craig “Sawman” or “Saw” Sawyer brings more than three decades of military experience to the battlegrounds of South Africa. Born in Southern Texas, “Saw” began his tactical skills career in the U.S. Marine Corps before transitioning to the U.S. Navy to pursue high-level Special Operations experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL, resulting in a promotion to SEAL Team 6 and decoration for “Heroic Service” in combat operations. Since then, “Saw” has served as a Federal Air Marshal Manager and high-threat tactical contractor in multiple war zones. He is also well versed in various forms of hand-to-hand combat fighting. Additionally, he has personally managed security teams for high-profile government officials including Hilary Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. Ambassadors in overseas war zones.

Now retired from active duty, “Saw” owns and runs Tactical Insider, a company that provides training and technical consulting for Hollywood films, television and actors. He has contributed to news shows such as the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” He also has been a frequent contributor on cable-television programs.

Between projects, “Saw” is an active Motocross racer and has won two local racing championships in Las Vegas. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

“Oz”

“Oz”

Medic, Green Beret

“The situation here is worse than can ever be depicted…”

“Oz” was born in war-torn Iran during a civil war and revolution in 1980. His parents, an electronics engineer and a nurse, were very much against warfare and refused for their son to grow up in a country led by violence and civil unrest. When his mother was still young, she smuggled him through deserts and over mountains. She crossed through many countries with no resources and only a handful of money. His mother would later tell him, “The only reason I survived was because of you – when I wanted to quit, when I could bear no more, I looked into your eyes and you gave me strength.” Courageously, she reunited him with his father, and the search began to find a permanent home. In 1986, his family moved to southern Orange County, California. There, his parents became U.S. citizens, and “Oz” finally had a chance to live a normal life.

Ironically, “Oz” was drawn to combat and at 17 joined the army as an infantryman. He quickly discovered his natural ability to handle the stress of warfare and was eager to be challenged in new ways. Becoming team leader for the machine gunner crew before taking a hiatus to pursue an education, “Oz” climbed up the military ranks, but “Oz” didn’t stay away from active duty for long and returned to the service to attend Special Warfare School. During this time, he received extensive Special Operations combat training and earned the coveted “Green Beret” – becoming a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

During his career, “Oz” has been deployed to Afghanistan numerous times on various operations for both the Department of Defense and other U.S. Government agencies. He has operated in Thailand and Africa on missions outside of military service. An experienced 18D combat veteran, “Oz” specializes in trauma medicine in hostile environments and remains active with his Special Forces unit. He will be deployed overseas in mid-January 2013 to conduct combat operations.

He currently resides in Virginia.

[Editor’s Note: For security purposes, his full name is not revealed in the series or in press materials.]

Rob Roy

Rob Roy

Intel, Navy SEAL (Ret.)

“The only way we’re going to affect change is to make an impact…”

Rob Roy is an award-winning 26-year veteran of the US Navy, with 20 years as an active member and leader in the Navy SEALs. In 2005, Rob founded SOT-G, Corp., one of the world’s leading companies for military consultants, trainers and executive/force protection. As founder and president, his mission is to provide effective and efficient solutions that enable clients to operate safely in challenging territories around the globe as well as to develop their leadership potential far beyond what they have imagined. While in the SEALs, Rob served in the U.S military’s most elite SEAL Team, SEAL Team 6, an anti-terrorism and maritime interdiction team that serves as one of the U.S. government’s key devices in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Rob has toured with many operational units, including US Army Special Forces, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Customs. He also served as a Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) motivators.

During his career, Rob has consulted on Hollywood films, television series and Sony PlayStation’s SOCOM Navy SEAL’s game franchise. His involvement with these types of projects has made him one of the most recognized Navy SEALs in the world for providing authentic and accurate portrayals of the Special Operations communities.

An accomplished military veteran, actor and public speaker, Rob also uses his knowledge and experience to help transform the lives of men and women through training, seminars and speaking engagements across the nation. His clients continually employ him for his unique combination of real-life field skills and professional and cooperative partnership approach.

Rob’s book, The Art of War, is due out later this year from Random House.

Jeff “Biggs”

Jeff “Biggs”

Sniper, Navy SEAL (Fmr.)

“I want to educate the entire world and let them know that a species is being decimated…”

Jeff “Biggs” knew from an early age he wanted to complete the hardest military training in the world. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he successfully completed Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training. He was deployed twice at SEAL Team Seven and twice at SEAL Team Five to various combat zones. In addition, Biggs has had numerous civilian deployments for the U.S. government in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His expertise is as a SEAL sniper, breacher (explosives expert) and communicator.

Biggs is constantly training to maintain and improve his combat readiness. He is the co-founder of CTS Solutions, a security business specializing in tactical consulting and training. Biggs is also the co-creator of Daddy GO Bag, a combat inspired bag for fathers.

Biggs recently competed in Maxim Magazine’s Maximum Warrior 3. The competitors are hand picked to represent their Special Operations community. Ten warriors (SEALs, Green Berets, Marine Force Recon, Airforce CTT and Army Rangers) compete for the title of Maximum Warrior, found at www.maximumwarrior.com.

He currently resides in Colorado.

Dap Maritz

Dap Maritz

Security Manager, Game Reserves United (GRU)

“The only way to fight this war is to be unconventional…”

Dap Maritz has spent more than 20 years in the South African Special Forces. Now retired from active service, Dap utilized his military training to start the Quemic Specialized Security Branch, an anti-poaching campaign that is responsible for protecting over 60-thousand acres of land based in South Africa. Utilizing very little resources, Dap utilizes out-of-the-box tactics that are crucial for patrolling the vast African landscape and apprehending poachers before they can make their kill.

Dap works in conjunction with local police and army units stationed in South Africa to intercept this constantly evolving and adapting enemy. His expertise in weaponry, tracking and bush craft as well as his experience with guerilla warfare are tested on a daily basis. With rhino poaching on the rise, Dap is on the frontline of defense for these magnificent animals by establishing who the poachers are and striving to constantly stay one step ahead of them.

Dap’s main priority is the safety of anti-poaching units on the ground and halting the daily occurrence of rhino deaths. He is extremely grateful for the assistance from the U.S. Special Forces.

Li Lotriet

Li Lotriet

Director, Wildlife Security Operations, QUEMIC

“If [the four Americans] can work together with us to fight this fight, maybe we can keep the rhinos safe…”

Li is a director at QUEMIC, the undisputable leader in special operations in the wildlife environment in Southern Africa. Li is on the frontline of this war and has handpicked every member of the anti-poaching team. His immense knowledge and extremely valuable experience gained while deployed at large game reserves incorporated by the Kruger National Park is a huge plus for the team. Over the years, Li has learned everything about everyone in the wildlife trade. He plans on using this intel to infiltrate and take down the poaching syndicates by working hand-in-hand with the former U.S. Special Ops Operatives heading for South Africa.

Brian Eley | brian_eley@discovery.com | [212] 548-5153

Jared Albert | jared_albert@discovery.com | [212] 548-5390