Leadership

Bob Barr, who represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003,  serves as President and CEO of LEEF. In July 2019 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed Bob to serve as a member of the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission. Barr also practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and is Chairman of Liberty Guard, Inc. a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting individual liberty. He also heads a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies, Inc., and is a registered Mediator and Arbitrator.

Bob is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association and the Interactive College of Technology, and has taught constitutional law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and government at Kennesaw State University. He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and currently chairs the Fraternity’s Ambassadors program on behalf of the TKE Foundation.

Bob was appointed by President Reagan as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (1986-90), and served as President of Southeastern Legal Foundation (1990-91).  He was an official with the CIA from 1971-78.  Additionally, he has served as an official member of the U.S. delegation at several United Nations conferences on firearms.

Rick Hammesfahr, MD, who also serves on the LEEF Board of Directors, was a member and chairman of the Curriculum and Examination Board (CEB) of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) from 2002 until 2012, which was charged with developing the Advanced Tactical Paramedic (Practitioner) program for the Special Operations Command Medics and ensuring interoperability among the USSOCOM medics. In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Command Surgeon of USSOCOM.

In 2005, Hammesfahr developed a Tactical Emergency Medical Support unit for the SWAT team in Marietta, Georgia, and as Medical Director has overseen the program development and training. Additionally, he has taught numerous courses on Tactical Medicine in his home state of Georgia and in other states, as well as at the international level. He has earned certifications in a number of fields relating to law enforcement and medical care, including among many others, Flight Paramedic - Certified, Tactical Paramedic - Certified and American Board for Certification in Homeland Security – Emergency Response.

Rick has authored, co-authored or edited numerous articles, manuals and handbooks; including among others, a Field Manual on "Tactical Emergency Medical Support,” a Ranger Medic Handbook, and Tactical Medical Emergency Protocols for Special Operations Advanced Tactical Practitioners.

Pete Pukish is a founding Board member for LEEF and has been active with the Foundation throughout his tenure on the Board.  Pete has been involved in law enforcement and government training for over three decades. He has served with numerous departments and in many different capacities throughout the years, and he continues to serve government agencies and specialized law enforcement groups with training and procurement.

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