Eric S. Linder, RMP, FAWM (Aka: Hammer) is founder and chairman of Team 5.
Based on his vast military and international experience, Eric had a vision in 2010 to build a foundation that had no political or religious affiliation. A foundation that would do the right thing without any strings attached. To that end, he created Team 5. It is now considered the most extreme medical foundation in existence. Today, Team 5 takes great pride in bringing critically-needed medical relief to remote locations and indigenous populations around the world. The foundation’s motto, “In order to be involved, you must first show up” embodies the Team’s commitment to brave extraordinary situations to provide medical care to vulnerable populations around the world. In a testament to the value of Team-5’s outstanding work, the World Health Organization has officially certified Team 5 Foundation to support international healthcare efforts led by the organization.
Prior to establishing Team-5, Eric had a career in law enforcement, UN Peacekeeping and two militaries (United States and Israel), that spanned more than three decades. His career personifies his desire to serve others. Eric specializes in Airborne Combat Search and Rescue, Escape and Evasion and covert operations. Linder held a Command Staff position while directing the UN Mission in Kosovo. He has been decorated times for bravery, participation in combat, and search & rescue. He has received the Secretary of Defenses Above and Beyond and Patriot Award.