Our Programs

Programs that Texas Team Foundation supports.

Pillars of Support

Texas Team Foundation has identified three pillars of support for NSW & 1st Responder personnel in Texas:

Heroes Dealing with Financial Crisis

We support Heroes dealing with personal or financial crisis. Here are some stories from those we have been able to support in the past, as well as the names of individuals we are actively raising funds for at this time. Please visit our donate page to show your support.

Hero Stories

Rudy Madrid

Texas TEAM Foundation had the pleasure of being able to assist Rudy and we would like to share his story. Rudy was 52 years of age and had kept himself physically fit. He had been diagnosed with stage-4 esophageal cancer. He underwent an aggressive treatment schedule and was unable to work in his normal capacity. Some of the treatments that Rudy underwent were not covered by medical insurance and the financial burden was difficult for his family to bear. He was the sole provider for his family and was no longer working his regular job, nor able to work any extra employment. To compound his challenge, his wife Pinkie also has medical issues that they had to contend with.

Pictured here is a check being delivered by HPD Lieutenant and TTF Board Member Randy Upton. He was a true hero and we were humbled to be able to help him in a time of need.

Individuals Texas TEAM Foundation is actively raising funds for:

At Texas Team Foundation, we provide critical support to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Veterans, First Responders and their Families in Texas. As a non-profit we rely on your generosity to help us to continue the support.

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Morale & Heritage Programs for Texas SEAL Chapters

We are currently fundraising for the retirement ceremony of Sr. Cheif Navy SEAL Joe Soto.

Joe Soto

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL)

Senior Chief Petty Officer Joseph Soto Jr was born and raised in Texas and at the age of eighteen while still in High School he enlisted in the U.S. Navy’s Delayed Entry Program. After graduation from Hallsville High School in 1989, he was sworn into the Navy under the Dive Farer Program that allowed him a direct career path to Sea, Air, and Land (SEAL) training. He completed Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida, December 1989, Hospital Corpsman Training, May 1990, and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, Class 174, May 1991. Senior Chief Soto has thirty-one total years of Naval Special Warfare experience within five of the six U.S. Geographic Combatant Command areas of responsibility in the majority of Special Operations Forces Core Activities and Operations.

Senior Chief Soto is combat proven and has had diverse tours of duty. Since July 2017, he has been assigned to the Volunteer Training Unit at Naval Operational Support Center Austin, TX. Prior assignments include SEAL Team Eighteen from 2008-2017, as a Plank Owner. His active duty tours include: SEAL Team 18: 2012-2013, (Cross-Assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan), 2009-2010 (Cross-Assigned to Special Operations Detachment South-Guatemala); and, SEAL Team 8: 1989-1995 (Strike Carrier, Marine Amphibious Readiness Group, and Specialized Caribbean Platoons). Other Active Duty Selected Reserve tours include: Operational Support Team 2: 2005-2008; Special Operations Command Korea: 2001-2005; SEAL Team 5: 2000-2001; SDVT-1 and 2: 1995-2000; where he conducted numerous special mission assignments.

His advanced and basic leadership qualifications include: Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Medic (NEC 5392), NSW Special Operations Technician, Advanced Special Operations Technician Level II, Technical Surveillance Operations, Non-Conventional Assisted Recovery Planner, Range Officer in Charge and Range Safety Officer for Land Warfare, Standoff Weapons, Dynamic and Static Ranges, Laser Range Finder, and Naval and Marine Corps Static and Freefall Parachutist.

His academic background includes: Master of Arts in Administration with a concentration in Organizational Development, University of the Incarnate Word; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement, Texas State University, cum laude honors; and he is a graduate of the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, U.S. Special Operations Command – Joint Special Operations University.

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Edgar Poncemunoz

Petty Officer First Class

Petty officer First Class Edgar Poncemunoz was raised in Houston, Texas. At the age of 18 while still in High School he enlisted in the United States Navy ‘s Delayed Entry Program. After graduation from Spring Woods High School in 1996, he was sworn into the Navy under the Airman program. He completed Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois and continued his first command in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Edgar has excelled in many nontraditional commands for his rating as a Boatswains mate. Since July 2018, Edgar has been assigned to the Volunteer Training Unit at Naval Operational Support Center San Antonio. In 2015 he was assigned to 4th Recon Battalion as a diver, 2009 to Seal Team 18 as support personnel and Spanish translator. In 2005 Special Operations Command Korea Detachment 101, and in 2002 Operational Support Training unit. While on active duty as an Airman Apprentice he was assigned to Fighter Squadron FOURTEEN, a command which dates back to the origins of Naval Aviation. In 1996 while attached to VF-14 he completed a Mediterranean six month deployment aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CV-67). In 1998 VF-14 changed their home to the nuclear powered aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).

During his naval career Edgar completed advanced qualifications including: Navy Scuba Diver Course Navy Enlistment Code (NEC) 5345, Closed-circuit oxygen diving course (re-breather), Army static line Airborne Jump School, Naval Special Warfare Range Safety Officer, 11 meter Ridged Hull Inflatable Bottom Coxswain course, Ammunition supply administrator NEC 9525, and a CPR Instructor course. After active duty Edgar went back to school using the Montgomery G.I. Bill to complete a Medical Billing and Coding course and in 2009 graduated from The University of Phoenix with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

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Scott Randall Wilk

Special Agent in Charge (SAC)

Scott R. Wilk assumed his position as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Southwest Fraud Field Office (SWFFO), Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU), U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (USACIDC), in May 2005. He supervises five Resident Agencies: Dallas, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; El Paso, TX; and Phoenix, AZ.

In November 2005, as the SAC he lead the first MPFU team to be deployed to the Middle East, establishing the Iraq Fraud Detachment at Camp Victory in Baghdad, as well as the offices in Kuwait and Afghanistan. He then redeployed in March 2008 and again in July 2010 as the Special Agent in Charge of the International Contract Corruption Task Force.

SAC Wilk was born in Dallas, TX. He attended high school at Plano East Senior High, Plano, TX. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.

SAC Wilk enlisted into the U.S. Army as an Infantryman in January 1991. He entered the Army with the grade of E-4 (Specialist). As an Airborne Ranger, SAC Wilk had tours of service at Fort Benning, GA and Fort Bragg, NC. While at Fort Bragg, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Long Range Recon Platoon. In 1996, SAC Wilk became a Special Agent with USACIDC. As a Special Agent, he was assigned to Ft. Bragg, NC and Fort Richardson, AK, where he served as the Fraud Team Chief. While assigned at Ft. Richardson, SAC Wilk received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.

In 1999, SAC Wilk was hired as a Criminal Investigator for CID MPFU at the San Francisco Fraud Resident Agency. In 2001, SAC Wilk transferred to the Huntsville Fraud Resident Agency (HFRA) where he served as a journeyman criminal investigator responsible for independently planning, developing, and coordinating highly complex and sensitive criminal investigations, involving major fraud against the U.S. Army, and related offenses with the states of Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. In 2002, he became the Resident Agent in Charge. While assigned at HFRA, SAC Wilk graduated from the Federal Bureau Investigation National Academy in 2002. In 2003, he was selected as the Resident Agent in Charge of North Carolina Fraud Resident Agency.

Although SAC Wilk ended his tour of duty in 1996 with the U.S. Army, he received a Direct Commission from the Navy as an Intel Officer, and has completed tours with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Special Operations Command Korea, Special Operations Command Europe, Joint Special Operations Command, and is currently assigned to Special Operations Command North as the Chief Counter Threat Officer.

SAC Wilk’s Federal Civilian awards include: (1) Department of Army Meritorious Civilian Service Award (3) Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Award, (3) Department of Army Civilian Commanders Awards, and (2) Army Civilian Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism. Military awards include: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, (2) Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, (3) Army Achievement Medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (M) device, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifle Ribbon, Navy Expert Pistol Ribbon, Army Expert Rifle and Pistol Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

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Wreaths Across America

Texas Team Foundation is proud to partner with Wreaths across America in gathering sponsorships for Christmas Wreaths to be placed on the grave markers of our fallen Warrior Heroes. This is a year-round pursuit. You can sponsor at any time and it will be added to the 2019 total.

Though our page is set up for Houston National and Texas State Cemeteries, you may choose those and/or any National Cemetery you prefer. You can also sponsor as many Wreaths as you desire.

Thank you for supporting both the Texas Team Foundation and Wreaths across America.

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Mighty Oaks Warriors Program

Texas Team Foundation is proud to partner with Mighty Oaks Warrior Program. Mighty Oaks provides peer-to-peer resiliency and recovery programs that serve as the catalyst to assist our Nation’s Warriors dealing with challenges related to the struggles of daily military life, combat deployments and the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) offered at no cost to our Nation’s Warriors, including travel at beautiful ranches across the US.

Our funds are being spent well! Texas TEAM was honored to sponsor a warrior through the Mighty Oaks Warriors Program.

Thank you for supporting both Texas Team Foundation and the Mighty Oaks Warrior Program.

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