Upcoming Events
Join us for The
Perfect 33 Foundation Golf Tournament!

October 8 - 10th, 2021
at Sycuan Casino
3007 Dehesa Rd.
El Cajon, CA 92019
SEAL Family Testimonial
Below is a Testimonial From One of Our SEALs
“I am so grateful to be sharing the experience of the C4 Ranch with my wife and kids before I deploy. This place has given us the boost that we need to get through those 6 months.
Thank you to the C4 Foundation” – Navy SEAL
Foundation News
C4 Foundation Advisory Board Member,
Remi Adeleke Joins Amazon Series,
"The Terminal List"
Remi Adeleke crushed it once again on the set of THE TERMINAL LIST. Remi joins Chris Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Riley Keough, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arlo Mertz, and Christina Vidal Mitchell to bring this novel of revenge without constraint to life. 

For those unfamiliar with Remi’s story, pick up his book, TRANSFORMED, today. Wondering when THE TERMINAL LIST will be available to binge on Amazon Prime Video? The answer is: Still Redacted!

"The Terminal List" is written by New York Times USA Today Best-Selling Author Jack Carr.
A Navy SEAL has nothing left to live for and everything to kill for after he discovers that the American government is behind the deaths of his team in this ripped-from-the-headlines political thriller. 
On his last combat deployment, Lieutenant Commander James Reece's entire team was killed in a catastrophic ambush that also claimed the lives of the aircrew sent in to rescue them. But when those dearest to him are murdered on the day of his homecoming, Reece discovers that this was not an act of war by a foreign enemy but a conspiracy that runs to the highest levels of government. 
Now, with no family and free from the military's command structure, Reece applies the lessons that he's learned in over a decade of constant warfare toward avenging the deaths of his family and teammates. With breathless pacing and relentless suspense, Reece ruthlessly targets his enemies in the upper echelons of power without regard for the laws of combat or the rule of law. 
An intoxicating thriller that cautions against the seduction of absolute power and those who would do anything to achieve it, The Terminal List is perfect for fans of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Stephen Hunter, and Nelson DeMille. 

Critic Review of "The Terminal List"
"Double the trouble, twice the action, and quadruple the enjoyment. Careful while reading this one, it could leave a mark." (Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author of The Last Order)
Alison Lewis and Craig Krumwiede
Receive a C4 Foundation Paddle!
Navy SEALs have an interesting and painful method for developing teamwork. When going through BUDs, you are assigned to a boat crew, a group of 7 men, you are a team. You are also given a small inflatable boat and paddles to propel it. Days are spent running races with the boat on your head and paddling through heavy surf. The winners of these races sometimes get to rest while the losers are forced to further suffer.

Rowing hard with your paddle demonstrates dedication to the team, so when a teammate moves on, and if he has rowed hard for his brothers, they present him with a custom paddle thanking him for his sacrifice.

We wanted to express our appreciation with a paddle to our dear friends, Alison Lewis and Craig Krumwiede for their tireless support of the C4 Foundation over the past 3 years. We presented them with a custom paddle at the Land of the Free 4th of July event at the Del last month. Coincidentally, we met them at this same 4th of July event at the Del a few years ago. They believed in our mission from the very beginning, since the purchase of the C4 Ranch. Their support, encouragement and motivation has resulted in HUGE impacts on our housing development progress. We cannot express how thankful we are. This paddle represents our appreciation to them for "Rowing Hard" for the C4 Foundation and the NSW community.
Monthly Chuck Heavy Give Away

AUGUST 2021 Chuck Heavy GIVEAWAY

This month's Chuck Heavy Subscriber Giveaway features a Water Hog 5000 sqURT Rifle by Noveske Rifles and URTURT. Tackle the heat with this beast and take control of the remainder your Summer! 

Rules to play are the same as always:

  • Must be a CHUCK HEAVY Subscriber
  • Must have a US based mailing address
  • Must comment on this post on Instagram
  • Must follow our Instagram account
  • A winner will be chosen by the end of the month and announced on @C4 Foundation Instagram!
C4 F.R.O.G. Program Effectiveness Metrics
Hey Everyone! We wanted to share good news about the C4 mission to Strengthen and Preserve SEAL Families: It’s working!!

Our F.R.O.G. (Families Re-energized through Optimism and Gratitude) Program is built on modern research on health, well-being, and resiliency to translate science into life enhancing skills for families to practice in their daily lives. After 18 months of hard work implementing the F.R.O.G. Programs, we’re now seeing great results. When COVID hit, we knew our mission was as critical as ever, so we designed COVID safety protocols and hosted approximately 500 people at the ranch so far this year (turns out 560 acres is plenty of room for social distancing!). We hosted online programs on family gratitude, completed a number of gratitude workshops, hosted Team leadership and off-sites in addition to rolling out a self-guided program for family visitors. We asked each family member to complete a confidential testimony that documents their feedback before and after their visit to measure our impact and determine what is working, and what is not working with our programs.

Our Results Show Great Impact!

  • Ratings of 9.8 out of 10 reporting that their visit was meaningful, and 9.7 out of 10 showed that the ranch visit helped them feel connected to their family
  • Significant decrease in relationship stress
  • Improvements in gratitude, optimism, and family connection 

Tracking metrics are essential to help us stay on point to deliver our mission of Strengthening and Preserving NSW families. Like the NSW families we serve, we’re always learning, growing, evolving and finding innovative ways to improve. The tremendous feedback from the NSW Commands and Warrior Support has been nothing short of amazing - THANK YOU! The C4 Ranch and our F.R.O.G. Programs are providing a crucial unmet need to our Naval Special Warfare Operators and SEAL families, and we want to thank you, our supporters, for all that you have made possible. We’re happy to have you on our team and grateful to share the continuing impact you make as part of our bigger family at the C4 Foundation.

Sincerely,

The C4 Team
Beekeepers Wanted!

We are developing an apiary (beekeeping) program at the C4 Ranch along with the help of Dr. Osman Kaftamoglu (aka Dr. K.), from Chandler, AZ who has a PhD in Entomology and is an apiculturist who works honey bee colony management, honey bee behavior, reproductive biology, genetics and breeding. Originally from Turkey, he now resides in Arizona where he takes care of millions of bees on his property. He also lectures world-wide on beekeeping - he is quite interesting. We drove 50 colonies of bees to the C4 Ranch that will make honey and pollinate our plants. We can't wait to share this knowledge with the families! Be prepared to receive a lot of honey!

Lessons From The C4 Ranch
The Art of Summer
By Dr. Glenn Fox, PhD
C4 Foundation Chief Science Officer

The American summer is sacred for all. In our younger years, summer meant delicious reprieve from boring schoolwork and repetition. In adult years it means family getaways, vacations short and long, hikes and camping, and whatever we can do to enjoy the lengthy afternoons. 
 
But there is an art to such freedom. The art comes from setting our intention to make the absolute very best of this time. In our spare time, how many of us still find our way to the email inbox, scrolling through social media, or watching TV? None of this will amount to any kind of memory, and certainly will not help us sleep soundly knowing we put in a full day. Let us all be intentional to ditch the screen and get some genuine fun.
 
The C4 Ranch is a place for the art of summer. Paradoxically, a lot of hard work goes into creating good experiences. The same discipline that helps us excel in work or parenting, is also needed to be deliberate about our recreation. The C4 F.R.O.G. program is not just about sending people to the ranch with open ended time (well, some of that of course), but it is about setting the path to the right place at the right time — catching the legendary Orlando's Point sunset after a good hike, sharing a dawn memory at one of the Appreciation Stations in the woods, grilling out after a long hike. All these great memories come from intentional planning, nature’s beauty, and a dash of spontaneity.
 
Whether you are at the C4 Ranch, or in the office, here are a couple of tips to master the art of summer: 

1. Right now, write down three things you look forward to in the next day, week, or month. 
2. Set the time aside on your calendar and share it with a partner to hold you strictly accountable, same as for any important meeting. Set aside time for simple things like working out, movie watching, etc., as well as for bigger things such as overnight visits, day trips, etc. Where possible, put down a reservation or pay for an experience ahead of time to fully commit yourself.
3. Notice the time spent frittering away on the internet, and instead of half-working/half-playing, try to swing fully into either work or play with no in-between. 
 
It is not so important that we need to go hard all the time during summer, but that we take time to be intentional about creating a few great memories for this ever so short time span. That’s enough to remember every summer’s freedom fondly, and to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions.
 
Written by Glenn R. Fox, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, The C4 Foundation
The Importance of Resilience
By Jennifer Cooper, MS
C4 Foundation Director of Programs
Imagine your job required close to 260 days a year away from your family, under stressful conditions and the constant pressure of high-performance decisions in life and death situations. This is the constant reality for our SEAL Operators. Often, negative effects of this very taxing job can trickle into every area of family life. It goes without saying that within the 105 days remaining in the year, SEALs and their families need to find a way to integrate healthy portions of recovery, rest, and rejuvenation to sustain healthy family dynamics. At the C4 Ranch, with the implementation of our F.R.O.G. Program and surrounded by beautiful scenery, we provide an atmosphere to foster this much needed rest and recovery. Most importantly, this nature-based retreat prepares SEAL families with the ability to face difficult circumstances by utilizing a tool called Resilience.

The APA defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. An integral part of the C4 F.R.O.G. Program involves the building of resiliency through gratitude and optimism exercises and intentional rejuvenation and relaxation activities. A good measure of resilience promotes the development of thought processes and behaviors that help our families withstand the stressors and grow together from difficult experiences and adversity that are unique to this community. 

There are several strategies we have developed in our F.R.O.G. Program that help strengthen resilience. First, find activities that release stress such as physical exercise, outdoor activities, or even just cooking a nutritious meal. If exercise isn’t your thing, meditation, prayer, or setting aside time for quiet reflection, are all positive outlets that ease the negative effects of stress. Second, change your perspective. When we speak on gratitude and optimism in our F.R.O.G. Program, often it involves simply being aware of how you are framing a particular obstacle or challenge in your mind so that you can respond with a more positive outlook. Lastly, find your tribe. When you have connections with people that share common experiences, goals, and lifestyles, that solid support system makes navigating life’s difficulties much more tolerable. So, how are you increasing your capacity for resilience?
 
Written By: Jennifer Cooper, MS Psychology, C4 Foundation Director of Programs
Thank You
Huge thanks to Nate Nathan and the Mac-Daddy-O's Band (with Gonzo of course) for the epic evening at our annual Land of the Free event at the Hotel Del on July 3rd. We are so grateful for the OVERDUE fun and laughs. Nate's smile says it all!
C4 Foundation Leadership
The C4 Foundation is a 501C3 national non-profit charitable organization. Tax-ID: 82-2075362.
It is a non-federal entity and is not party of the Department of Defense or any of its components.