Paul MacNamara is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army. He spent four years in the Infantry with the 101st Airborne Division and the remaining 16 years with Special Forces. Following in his father’s footsteps, he became a second generation Special Forces Officer. His operational time was spent in the forward deployed Battalions of 1st Group in Okinawa, Japan and 10th Group in Stuttgart, Germany. He also served as the Commander of the US Army Parachute Team, “The Golden Knights,” before retiring in 2004. Paul is the CEO of Strategic Investment Partners, a Registered Investment Advisory firm, providing wealth management services to individuals, businesses and institutional investors.
He has a connection with the goals and objectives of the Gold Star Teen Adventures as he himself lost his father (Major Edwin J. MacNamara) in Vietnam in 1966. This tragic loss left his mother, Ann, to tend to five children ranging in ages from one to seven.
MacNamara is an active swimmer and enjoys the low impact exercise offered by the water. He swims in open water events such as the Pier to Pier 2 mile swim at Wrightsville Beach, the Steelman 1.5 mile, as well as the 1 mile Chesapeake Bay Challenge.
50KM Freedom Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures
50KM Freedom Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures is a 50 km (31.68 mile) charity swim by 8 American open water swimmers in Islamorada, Florida. The charity swim relay will start on 10 November and end 11 November 2013 with the goal of swimming at least 50 km and each swimmer swimming a minimum of 4 miles off of the Florida Keys. Gold Star Teen Adventures provides adventure camps to the surviving youth of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The vision is to enable healing, foster enduring relationships, and develop character and leadership skills.
50KM Freedom Swim Members
- Kent Solheim
- Pete Colbert
- Billy Costello
- Celia Wolff
- Paul MacNamara
- Greg Cello
- John Leitner
- Patrick Powers
- Jessica McCloskey