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May 10, 2017
Five Questions: Jennifer Poth
Jennifer E. Poth, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation Support Military Golf (OSMG)
Why was OSMG created?
To serve those who have, do and will serve our nation by ensuring their Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is not forgotten. Positive MWR is an integral component in the well-being and quality of life of our service members and their families. Globally, there are 145 military golf facilities located in 40 states and 11 overseas countries. In many cases, overseas golf courses are our service members’ only safe and cost efficient means of outdoor recreation and relaxation from work stress and separation from their families.
Contrary to popular and public opinion, as of a 2011 U.S. Code, stateside military golf coursesare provided zero government funding to operate and overseas courses receive minimal funding. They are required to be entirely self-sufficient. OSMG was founded to help fill this “non-essential” items void.
What specifically does OSMG do?
As a groundbreaking, global, military supportive, 501(c)(3) non-profit, our goal is to provide a $1 million infusion to each stateside and abroad military golf facility. Helping increase accessibility for our wounded and ageing veterans, reducing golf facilities maintenance costs through modernized equipment and an increase in overall visual enjoyment are just some of the specific benefits from the upgrades.
What was the driving force to your founding OSMG?
In a nutshell, a lifelong desire to serve in the United States Armed Services. However, being born with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, also known as an Adrenal Disorder, prevented this specific goal in life. Thanks to my father, Lt. Col. John E. Poth, USAF Ret., following in his footsteps of service to our great nation has become a reality through his introduction to the special game of golf by the age of five. Rather than serving in the conventional sense, I now have the privilege to instead serve those who serve.
Who does OSMG serve?
Active Duty & Reserve Personnel as a means of R&R with family, friends and their units.
Medically Retired, aka Wounded Warriors as positive outdoor activity throughout their physical and mental recovery and adjustment process.
Retired Veterans after an honorable career.
Future Generations of service-members, especially in the recruitment process.
Families of all the above by providing service members the knowledge that their dependents have a safe environment to learn and play a game that teaches positive, life-long lessons, such as the values of integrity and tradition. This is especially important during deployments or as a means of reintegration upon their return.
When was OSMG founded?
Within days following the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack, I finally realized a way to combine a lifetime in golf (both personally and professionally) with a way to give back to those who selflessly serve our nation. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy