The Fallen Outdoors is proud to be staffed solely by volunteer Veterans. Outside of those listed on this page, each state has their own leads and staff to ensure that Veterans get the best experience possible.
Eric Bakken was born and raised in Minnesota and joined the United States Army at 20 years old. He has a wonderful wife named Nikki and a beautiful daughter named Finnley who is named after his best friend (Eric Finniginamm) who was killed in Afghanistan during their first tour in 2009. He served in the army for almost 8 years as a 11B infantry. During that time, he deployed several times for operation Enduring Freedom along with attending school and holding most leadership positions in an infantry line platoon. He left the Army in 2015 to pursue my dream of growing The Fallen Outdoors to its full potential. Eric has been an avid outdoors-man his whole life. From fishing to big game and everything in between with a preference for waterfowl hunting.
“One thing I wanted to strive for when I built TFO was that I wanted it to be open to all veterans of all branches and backgrounds. I have seen too many great men and women left behind because they didn’t meet a certain criteria and I will not follow suit. If you served honorably you are my brother and sister. I do not care how long you served, what branch, what job, combat or garrison. Wounded or untouched. The Fallen Outdoors is here for you and I am here for you!” – Eric Bakken
Justin was born in Gallup, New Mexico and grew up hunting mule deer, elk, bear, and mountain lions. He joined the U.S. Army in 2009 as a 13B cannon crew member and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Joint Base Lewis McCord, Washington and Fort Bliss Texas. Justin was asked to fill the role of Secretary in 2014 and in 2019, was asked to fill the role of TFO President.
“TFO is an extraordinary organization, that enables you to create friendships and family with everyone around. The look on a Veteran’s face regardless if he/she is pulling in a bluegill, a monster king salmon, shooting prairie dogs, or scoring a 330” once in a lifetime bull elk, is all the same, JOY. This is what I love about The Fallen Outdoors, we get to have a positive impact on the lives of others. As our team grows and time moves forward I hope to keep this meaning of TFO, all while building on its great legacy.”
Tim grew up hunting, fishing, camping, playing sports and enjoying the outdoors. After graduating from Medical Lake High School in 1986 he went on to play baseball at Spokane Falls Community College. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in the summer of 1989. After enlisting in the Coast Guard and after basic training I was stationed onboard the based out of St.Petersburg, Fl. After 20 months onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive, he went off to Aviation Survival Man/Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School and graduated in November of 1991. After graduation, he spent the next 19 years with the Coast Guard. Tim has hunted and fished from Wyoming to Alaska and many places in between. He enjoys hunting big game, waterfowl and upland birds.
“I really enjoy taking youth and getting our Veterans back in the outdoors.” -Tim Adams
Justin started his career in the Army at 17 as an airborne infantryman where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division for 6 years before going on to Special Forces Assessment and Selection. He is still on Active duty as a Green Beret with 1st Special Forces Group. Justin has served 4 combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as many other countries around the world. He is a very avid and successful waterfowl hunter and bowhunter for deer and elk. Justin is also an avid bass fisherman and plans on fishing in more tournaments in the PNW to spread our name across the veteran community.
I’ve had the honor and privilege to be apart of The Fallen Outdoors since 2012 when it was still very small and it has been amazing watching it grow to what it has become… I have had the extreme privilege to be apart of some life-changing trips amongst our nation’s finest and it is humbling knowing that TFO has the current outreach it has. It is my utmost devotion to extending our extreme gratitude to our country’s veterans and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. I cannot say enough about the organization and what we stand for and I am proud to be apart of this team.”
Brandon was born and raised in Chillicothe MO, where he hunted and fished with friends and family from the age of 10. He joined the Army at 19 and has been Active Duty for the past 21 years. He has been stationed all over this great nation and is proud to now call the Pacific Northwest home.
“I was introduced to Eric Bakken as he was transitioning out of the Army and we became friends and began working to grow The Fallen Outdoors. The TFO has become a passion for me and gives me the confidence that I will never lose my community of brothers and sisters in arms. I am an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman, my greatest joy is bringing other Veterans along to experience the adventure of the hunt.”
Shasta was raised hunting and fishing. Her dad and uncles are avid outdoorsmen and they pursued deer, turkey and fished a lot. She joined the Army Reserve in 2000 and attended Basic Training that summer before her senior year in High School. In 2004, she joined Active Duty and was stationed in Wackernheim, Germany where she was part of an Air Missile Defense Detachment for 1st Armor Division. In 2007 her unit was deployed to Iraq for a 15 month rotation. In 2010, she deployed to Iraq again, serving another 12 month deployment.
“I enjoy deer and elk hunting and fishing with my family and getting veterans back into the outdoors. Most of the fishing I have done has been on lakes and rivers. I do however enjoy going offshore to catch salmon. I have also fished in Florida for Tarpon and sharks.”