About Us

Imagine

Imagine being thousands of miles away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar terrain, and carrying the weight of that distance every single day. At Operation Deployed, our mission is to bridge that gap by offering a touch of home and unwavering support.

 

As a nonprofit organization, we are dedicated to uplifting our troops overseas through care packages and Chaplain support.

 

Care Packages and Beyond
Each year, we send hundreds of care packages to our service members, packed with essentials such as food, toiletries, coffee, cigars, appliances, and clothing. But these packages are more than just practical items; they are symbols of appreciation, connection, and reminders of home. Our goal is simple: to let our troops know they are not forgotten.

 

Emotional and Spiritual Support Through Chaplains
Chaplains serve as the first responders in soul care, understanding the unique needs of their fellow service members. With suicide rates on the rise, our programs like Holy Smokes, Brats and BBQ Package, and Movie Nights packages provide a sense of community, connection, and resilience. This holistic approach has brought comfort and strength to countless service members, boosting morale and lifting spirits.

 

How You Can Help
Your involvement makes a tangible impact. Whether through donations, volunteering, or spreading the word, your actions support our mission. At Operation Deployed, every effort matters in ensuring our brave service members feel remembered and valued.

Join us in this meaningful journey to show our troops they are more than just remembered – they are deeply appreciated. Together, we can bridge the gap and make each mile away from home feel a little closer.

"Roberto......it was Christmas in October. The team was stoked. I picked up the healthy snacks, sunflower seeds, chips and salsa, hot sauce, beef jerkey and coffee. And the coffee machine!!!. That was a huge life saver as our old one broke Someone is already prepping the coffee pot for tomorrow morning.

We've been busy last few days. Pulled 16hrs today and shortly after dinner os when the mail came. Lifted up everyone's spirits. Tomorrow will be a long one and the extra thermos was genius. The team is excited about the cigars. We had a birthday earlier this week and mine is on Saturday, so we are looking forward to having one."

- Team Leader, Special Forces, Middle East

Our Mission

To enhance the mission success and effectiveness of military personnel by acting as a force multiplier for the Chaplain Corps. We help care for the emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing of our troops by partnering with Chaplains and their ministry teams to supply care packages to servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world.

In the Beginning…

Robert O Barr, also known as “Roberto,” initiated Operation Deployed in 2014, driven by a personal commitment to support the men and women of our armed forces.

Inspired by General George C. Marshall's profound words on November 10th, 1942: "The soldier's heart, the soldier's spirit, the soldier's soul, are everything," Roberto saw the importance of nurturing the soldier's soul.

Understanding the pivotal role of Chaplains as first responders in soul care, Roberto entrusted them as the primary point of contact. As a Christian and patriot, Roberto's fervor lies in translating faith and love of country into tangible actions through Operation Deployed.

This initiative dispatches thousands of care packages to Chaplains for distribution among servicemembers worldwide, across all military branches, whether on land, sea, or air. Turning Miles into Smiles; Bridging the Distance with Personalized Care Packages.

Impact

We’ve sent thousands of packages filled with food, toiletries, cigars, books, games and much, much more. However, care packages from Operation Deployed are more than just acts of generosity. They help create strong relationships between Chaplains and military service personnel that foster overall wellbeing. By facilitating these connections, our mission helps curb depression and anxiety, resulting in a more ready and prepared military.

100% of the monies raised for Operation Deployed goes straight to our mission!

Our Process​

Through extensive contacts with Chaplain, NCOs and Officers, Operation Deployed develops one-to-one relationships with units and teams. We then align unit needs with our resources to secure items in demand and send them to military bases. We also secure relationships with suppliers that provide requested items as a donation; for example, World’s finest chocolate Bars supplies us with 3,600 bars monthly.

Why Chaplains?

The Chaplain Corps plays a crucial and positive role in mission success, combat readiness and the effectiveness of the U.S. military. Chaplains care for the living, comfort the wounded and honor the fallen. By tending to the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of military personnel, Chaplains fill a void that would otherwise be left unattended and vulnerable. Responsibilities include performing religious rites, conducting worship services, providing confidential counseling and advising commanders on religious, spiritual and moral matters.

Operation Deployed partners with Chaplains to distribute military care packages to servicemen and woman globally. Every care package that our troops open, also opens the door for Chaplains to do what they do best: help servicemen and servicewomen emotionally prepare for the hardships of battle and separation from the comforts of home and their families.

Fellowship Events

Operation Deployed believes in the power of human connections. We sponsor and support fellowship events that allow military personnel and their families an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, reconnect and have fun! Some of our most beloved events include outdoor game competitions, Honor the Fallen ceremonies, and our infamous Holy Smokes & BBQ cookouts, complete with a care package of stogies and food for the grill.

Board of Directors

Robert Barr, Founder & CEO, Operation Deployed
Craig Manske, Co-Founder & CFO, Operation Deployed
John N. Rapp. Attorney at Law, Rapp Law Group, LLC
Alexander Smith, Manager, Lou Malnati's

Ambassador Board Members

Brandon Barnholt, CEO, KeHE Foods
CH (Major) William Beaver, Garrison Community Chaplain, Fort Bliss
David Bere, Chairman, Stir Foods
Michael Bielski, Partner & VP, Esrock Partners
James Borishade, CEO & Executive Director of Circle Urban Ministries
Jeeny Reece Clark, wife of CH (CPT) Caleb Schumacher 2-504 PIR ‘White Devils’ 1BCT, 82nd Airborne Divison
Raleigh Decker, Senior Director of Communications, World’s Finest Chocolate
Danny Featherston, Account Manager-New Jersey, Public Sector at Cisco
Rick George, Partner, Kensington International
Jim Hallene, Partner, Cap Concepts
CH (MAJ) Jody Harlow, 4th Sustainment Brigade Chaplain
CH (MAJ) Anthony G. Harris BDE Chaplain 307th MDBD
Robert Hettinger, President and CEO, Progressive Dynamics, Inc.
CH (CPT) Jueun Kim (ED), BN Chaplain, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne)
Charles B Lewis, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Tim MacKenzie, Partner, Merit Capital
James B. McCarthy MDA, JD, Managing Director, American Intercontinental Healthcare Groups-Chicago Office
Dan McLachlan, M.D Ophthalmologist; Oculoplastics; Assistant attending Rush Hospital
Chaplain (Major) Eric Miller, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Chaplain (Major) Lisa A. Northway, Brigade Chaplain, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade
Michael A. Ryabik, Managing Partner, The Mather Group