The story of
The story of Hotel Tango starts on April 14, 2002, when Travis Barnes, profoundly affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, enlists In the U.S. Marine Corps. He travels 2,000 miles to Recruit Training and School of Infantry (a.k.a. Boot Camp) in Southern California. He is eager and anxious, scared and determined. His training begins.
Travis serves three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He sees extensive combat, his missions including knock-and-talks, IED interdiction, ambush/counter-ambush, and direct-action raids on High Value Targets. He serves as a Team Leader in Charlie Company, Second Platoon during his third tour. He learns the importance of surrounding yourself with people you can depend on.
He rises to the rank of Sergeant and receives multiple combat action medals and citations. He is also hit by several IEDs during his service, resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is given an Honorable Discharge and re-enters civilian life.
Travis attends and graduates law school. He meets Hilary, his future wife, and marries her in August 2012. He begins making whiskey, applying the same rigor, precision and unwavering commitment he learned during his time serving his country. His whiskey is a resounding success. He wonders if it’s good enough to build a company on.