St. Luis’s local hero, Ronald Fowlkes has been promoted to the position of Development Manager for Eagle Industries Unlimited’s Law Enforcement and Commercial products segment. Ronald personally educates over 150 Eagle employees on how to use, clean and promote products sold at Eagle’s St. Luis store. Eagle Industries manufactures tactical gear, camping equipment, outdoor accessories and ammunition. Its parent company, Vista Inc. owns dozens of brand names such as, Bushnell and Bell, but only one division that is managed by a former Marine and Gulf War Veteran.
Ronald Fowlkes joined the Marine Corps in 1989 where he learned leadership skills and basic engineering. Ronald was deployed during the first Gulf War and his unit sustained heavy casualties due to enemy IED’s. This emotionally affected Ronald who later joined the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). This organization moves in front of American soldiers on the ground disarming enemy IED’s and bomb threats. JIEDDO also trains soldiers and uses informants to seek and destroy enemy IED networks. It was with the help of Ronald Fowlkes that JIEDDO was able to improve its training methods and operational effectiveness.
When Ronald returned from Iraq he decided to join the St. Luis Metropolitan police and served for 10 years. Then, he joined the St. Luis County police where he served for three more years. During his time as a police officer, Ronald became a team leader for the St. Luis Metropolitan Police Department’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT). He was responsible for leading officers into high-risk operations and hostage situations. Ronald and his team were successfully completing over 250 high-risk entries each and every year. Ronalds immaculate career and managerial skills earned him the respect of his peers and caught the attention of Eagle Industries Unlimited’s Vice President Scott Carver. His talent and tactical prowess allowed him to become a fully licensed SWAT instructor as well. Ronald Fowlkes trained young recruits how to improve their effectiveness during engagements and limit their casualties.
Ronald Fowlkes is not only a great leader and tactical practitioner, but he is also a loving father and respected community figure. When he is not training SWAT recruits or managing his employees at Eagle Industries Ronald couches his sons hockey team and mentors the St. Luis youth to respect and appreciate law enforcement. Today, many people are afraid of police officers all over America, but Ronald tries to educate his neighbors, friends and community that officers are there to protect them and we should be grateful for their services.
Eagle Industries Unlimited should be proud to have such a dedicated manager running their division. Ronald will ensure the company is providing the very best tactical equipment that helps save lives and protect the nation.