SgtMaj Lance Nutt was sworn into the Marine Corps by his father, a retired Marine Corps Naval Aviator, in 1988. Early in his career and as a young Marine, Lance deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. After Desert Storm, Lance attended the Univ. of Arkansas at Monticello for four years where he pursued a dual major in business management and communication. He returned to the Corps in 1995, serving as a Marine Recruiter until 2000.
Lance was recruited out of the Marine Corps in 2000 to manage corporate sales for major retail marketing companies in northwest Arkansas. In 2002, and with the War on Terror in full swing, Lance found himself longing to serve again. He joined 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines in 2003 and immediately found himself gearing up for a combat tour in Iraq. Lance served in Iraq with 3/24 in 2004, 2009 & 2010. He is currently serving as the Sergeant Major of 4th Force Reconnaissance Company, headquartered in Alameda, CA.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Lance felt compelled to use his military training and experience to help others in need. Along with the support of friends and family, he led an independent relief effort straight into the heart of the Katrina aftermath. The experience of helping others during Hurricane Katrina eventually led Lance to found Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA). Inspired by a desire to continue serving his country beyond the Corps, and knowing that others like him, fellow “Sheep Dogs”, needed an outlet for continued service, Lance built the foundation for SDIA.
As the dependent of a Marine, and as a 28-year Marine himself, Lance understands and appreciates the daily sacrifices of our nations Sheep Dogs and their families. He hopes that we as a nation will always remember the sacrifices made by our nation’s Sheep Dogs, the men and women serving so proudly in our military, law enforcement, fire & rescue and emergency medical services.
Lance currently lives in NWArk with his beautiful wife Sarah, and their 3 young children, Katie, Connor, and McKenna.