75th Ranger Regiment veteran Sgt. 1st Class Ret. Nathan Rodeheaver participated in a joint partnership internship between the United States Special Operations Command Care Coalition and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee this summer.

While at ORNL, Rodeheaver was mentored by Distinguished Inventor James Klett, Ph.D. and contributed to a variety of military-specific projects. Rodeheaver was exposed to the additive manufacturing process using three dimensional printers as a potential solution for lightweight ballistic body armor. He was also involved with a research initiative to design enhanced breaching capabilities for special operators.

The USSOCOM Care Coalition partnered with the not-for-profit Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation to make Rodeheaver's internship possible. The Care Coalition is one of five Department of Defense warrior care programs. The Sentinels of Freedom provides select special operation veterans access to financial support for housing, mentoring for personal, academic and professional success, and employment networking.

Disclaimer: The article is not a Department of Defense or 75th Ranger Regiment endorsement of Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation.