F. DAMON FRIEDMAN
DOCTORATE OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES
MASTERS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
PRESIDENT • FOUNDER • EXEC PRODUCER
SPECIAL OPS OFFICER • IRAQ & AFG VET
Lt. Col. Friedman, a decorated combat veteran of the United States Air Force, originally received his commission in 2000 as a Marine Corps Officer. Friedman, later transferring to the Air Force Spec Ops elite, served four combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
His personal decorations include three Bronze Stars, one with Valor, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. In April 2010, Friedman — then Captain — deployed as the lead Joint Terminal Attack Controller to the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, tasked to defend U.S. forces during the closure of the Korengal Combat Outpost. He engaged multiple Taliban fighters with air support, resulted in killing or wounding more than 40 enemies. In 2011, Friedman, accompanied by his wife Dayna, established SOF Missions, a faith-based humanitarian missions organization dedicated to serving those in need around the world and in our own backyard. SOF Missions is grateful to have served an estimated 65,000 people through various projects. As an active Spec Ops warrior, who has experienced the darkest hours of combat, Lt. Col Friedman knows first hand the struggles of veterans returning home and led him to create the next mission project. While active in the Air Force, Friedman served as the Executive Producer for the film Surrender Only to ONE, a faith-based film following true-life stories of elite combat warriors. In combination with the Surrender film, SOF Missions founded The Surrender Project: A 3 step holistic program dedicated to helping veterans battle PTSD and find their true purpose after combat. Whether it is making medical treatment or education opportunities available, even in the most remote parts of the world, or attacking our Nation’s Veteran Suicide rate head on; SOF Missions is filled with warriors of God ready to fight through anything to complete our mission of service.
Previous Speaking Engagements
About F. Damon Friedman
“I’ve been watching God mold and develop my friend Damon over the years and I’m both amazed and encouraged by the growth of his heart and ministry. We’ve had Damon speak at Calvary Chapel DC Metro and sent people to serve with him on missions trips overseas – whether here or abroad people always come away affected by his passion and zeal for Christ.”Jeff Schlenz – Senior Pastor – City Gates Church
“There are times when a Pastor needs to bring in an outside voice to call God’s people back to their first love, to quit playing church, and resubmit their lives to Christ and His mission. Damon Friedman is such a voice. He brings passion, humility, clarity, seriousness and humor to every assignment. On more than one occasion God used Damon’s voice to issue a specific and powerful word to our church family. I’m truly grateful to God for His servant, Damon Friedman.”Jim Botts – Senior Pastor – Green Valley Community Church
“Damon Friedman is a warrior for the Lord. He has personally experienced combat as a special tactics officer in the Air Force and he also knows the spiritual battles that our nation’s service men and women face when they return home. Damon has taken on a new mission of combatting the suicide epidemic in our military community by offering hope to those who are contemplating that route. That hope can only be found in submitting your life to Jesus Christ — who has already paid the ultimate sacrifice. I encourage you to support Damon and his Surrender project. ”Chad Hennings – President – Hennings Management Corporation