DAISSON HICKEL

FOUNDER

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Daisson Hickel is a father, explorer, and entrepreneur. His passion for his family and exploration are intertwined in his daily life. His philosophy is simple; Live Life Charged.

Daisson currently serves in the United States Army Special Forces as a Green Beret and has deployed to several countries around the world. He maintains an active lifestyle; constantly balancing time spent with his four daughters and wife Megan Kabat. He has trekked the jungles of Colombia, Ecuador and Honduras and has worked alongside partnered nation commandos in hostile regions of Afghanistan. Daisson lived for two years in an Airstream travel trailer while training Combat Divers in Key West, Florida.

Daisson founded the company The Java Can on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His innovated products are inspired from his time serving overseas in difficulty and austere environments. His company promotes travel and exploration while humbling connecting people by sharing a hot drink-the most basic of fellowships. He often approaches difficult situation (and people) with a smile and a cup of coffee.

Daisson is an avid mountaineer and skydiver both in the military and off duty. He is also an Open Water Kayak and SCUBA instructor. On his off time, he volunteers his time by teaching young teens outdoor skills as well raising money for wounded veterans.

When not abroad, Daisson lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

-T. S. Eliot

JACQUESE DECAIRE

OPERATIONS

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Jacques Decaire is a husband, patriot, veteran and active participant in what life has to offer. Passion for interaction drives his journey towards the greater peaks beyond. Time is the most precious commodity someone can spend towards those they love. As such, his philosophy in life left him to seize every moment. Simply put, Live Life Charged.

Jacques retired from his career in the US Army Special Forces in 2017 after an injury which prevented him from continuing his service. This did not stop his desire to excel in whatever manner he could. The lifestyle he learned from his service has transformed him into an active member of his community. He finds joy in helping those around him and being a constant for his family and friends.

Jacques was with Daisson for the creation of the Java Can. They both spent a number of years serving together on the same Operational Detachment- Alpha. The bond that they built around a good cup of coffee endures. The desire for others to share that same experience is his passion. Many things can be shared in this life but to spend five minutes with a complete stranger and truly connect is profound.

Jacques continues today has the Chief Operations Officer for The Java Can and long-standing friend to goodwill, mutual respect and commonality.

“Not to transmit an experience is to betray it” -Elie Wiesel

tim kolczak

AMBASSADOR

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Tim is the founder of The Veterans Project, a photographic essay not just for the warfighter, but for civilians as well. It serves as a collective database, capturing the stories of veterans who have since returned home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea, and WWII. The goal of The Veterans Project is to capture the warfighter spirit, and establish an educational discourse for civilians who want to know what reintegration into polite society looks like. Tim attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Digital Media Communications, and was a four year letterman as a closer on the Lions' baseball team. His stint in baseball was interrupted by a 9 month deployment to the Iraq theater with his infantry unit, Delta Company 3/141 (Texas ARNG).
After his completion of service, he went on to finish both his academic and athletic career. After graduating from SAGU, he went on to his Master's at UT Dallas in Emerging Media and Communication. At UTD, he first picked up a camera and found a strong love for photography. This spawned the beginning of his Capstone Project, The Veterans Project. Since the project's inception, it's been seen and shared at Sundance Film Festival, the Tomi Lahren Show, in the pages of PTSD Journal Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Independent Journal Review, Task and Purpose, We Are the Mighty, ONNIT Academy, Austin Fitness Magazine, the 2017 Army Ball's official program, and an upcoming edition of Health Magazine. His work includes the likes of Nate Boyer (former NFL player, Green Beret), Tim Kennedy (former UFC fighter, Green Beret), Tu Lam (owner of Ronin Tactics, Green Beret), Kirstie Ennis (2017 cover of ESPN the Body Issue, USMC), Tyler Grey (Suicide Squad, Green Beret), Jacqueline Carrizosa (Weapons Instructor, U.S. Navy), Donny O'Malley (founder of VET TV, USMC), Frank Denius (Frank Denius Practice Field at UT Austin, WWII Veteran), Alfred Haws (Bataan Death March, WWII Veteran) and many more. Over the past four years, Tim's traveled the country on his own dime to capture the legacies of his fellow veterans. Recently, he's made the
main emphasis of his work WWII vets, and will be steadily covering "vetrepreneurs" from the Warrior Rising community going into the future. His body of work also includes "The Caregiver Project" which is a detailed photographic essay bringing attention to the lives of Gold Star, Silver Star, White Star, and Blue Star families. Tim now resides in San Antonio, Texas (Military City USA).

MAGGIE

OFFICIAL MASCOT / 1986 CLASSIC LAND ROVER DEFENDER

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Maggie is a classic 1986 Land Rover Defender 110 HCP and official Mascot for The Java Can. She was bought on May 26th 2017 from a Landy enthusiast from South Florida. The feel of driving a Right-Hand Drive (RHD) Defender brought Daisson back to his early Afghan days where he would drive a similar vehicle at Kandahar Airfield.

With a 2.5 diesel (Non TDI) under the bonnet (British English for hood) and a top speed right at 70 MPH (going down hill) a “Going nowhere fast attitude” quickly became the norm. Maggie perfectly fit the laid back attitude of the “journey is more interesting than the destination”. She now lives in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida where she can be seen cursing down the scenic highway 30A.

A number of functional cosmetic modifications where then added. Bench seat where installed to transport the 4 littles. An exterior locker was also added on the ride drivers side.


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Why the name Maggie?

She was named after the famed actress and singer Martha “Maggie” Ray (1916-1994) who was made an honorary member of the Special Forces. She had received her prized Green Beret and given the title of Lieutenant Colonel from President Lyndon B. Johnson, himself.

When she died a special exception to policy was made so that she could be buried in the military cemetery at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

From 1964 to 1975, Martha traveled from camp to camp in isolated areas throughout Vietnam making eight separate visits. She would stay "in-country" from four to six months at a time--usually at her own expense--to be with the troops she so dearly loved.
She used the nurse's aide skills she learned back in the 1930s, and surgical techniques she picked up during World War II to help treat the wounded.  Whatever her official nursing qualifications, her assistance was often needed and very much appreciated.

Her presence, whether as entertainer or as a nurse, helped to make life bearable for so many enlisted troops and officers. Martha was wounded twice during her visits with the Green Berets. In 1993 Martha Raye was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her lifetime service to the United States Armed Forces by President Bill Clinton.