Alek Skarlatos has a long history of fighting for the conservative movement and southern Oregon, including historic runs for congress in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District, as an advocate for Oregon’s timber industry, and as National Development Director for the Conservative Nonprofit the Freedom Foundation.
Prior to entering the public policy arena, Alek was an Oregon National Guardsman. He attended both Air Assault School and Sniper School, achieving the rank of Specialist. He completed a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan with the US Army National Guard’s 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
In August of 2015, Alek, along with four others, stopped an armed terrorist on a Paris-bound train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. His heroism earned him several awards and medals around the world, including the United States’ Soldier’s Medal. In addition, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and the medal of the City of Arras, France. He also starred in the 2018 Clint Eastwood film 15:17 to Paris, about the terrorist attack he helped to stop.