Joel Eric Lisson Special Forces Fraud And Fake Survival Skill Instructor



Bend Oregon-  Team SGT from Professional, sends us the official records he acquired on one Joel Eric Lisson. We became aware of this situation after an anonymous fan let us know that Shawn Jewell, who owns R.E.A.C.T(a business that teaches Defensive Tactics and other techniques) had been lied to and employed this poser.

Shawn met Joel several years ago and was told by him and several friends of his that he was a former Special Forces medic. So not thinking this guy would lie about service to his country, he trusted him and eventually invited him to help with his business.

Well after a while, as with all posers and embellishers, his lie began to unfold. Someone sent an inquiry to our friends over at to see if Joel was ever Special Forces. Well once the records came back it was confirmed that Joel was a liar. Mr. Jewell(Owner of REACT)posted the following about this:

Good Morning, Shawn Jewell here.


I am overwhelmed with the positive support and response to these circumstances. I was introduced to Mr. Lisson by a friend in 2007, and later ended up working together for a while. I was told of his “service” by others, who of course he had lied to, and I never had reason to question, I actually believe in honor and integrity and expected no less.


I never saw Mr. Lisson teach anything above basic level, obviously now it was to minimize his exposure, and although I have now learned he told many behind my back that he was lead instructor and “coaching me along”, Complete nonsense. I have always lead ALL of the official classes with any real certifications, except a few very basic “non-certified wilderness survival” courses, which although Mr. Lisson attended these classes as “lead instructor” everyone else did the work, he did offer some lecture on basic principles, and then would “allow” others to work with the students in hands on drills/training/ etc.


Asking to see his credentials seems obvious now, but then it was not in question and we had no reason to doubt, unfortunately for him, the longer we worked together, the more things started to surface. Therefore an investigation was opened that, unknown to me, would reveal many character, personal history and of course military flaws.

Once real credentials were questioned, things went badly very quickly and credentials as well as personal history turned out to be falsified, his scam was over.


I am saddened that he took advantage of good people and lied his way through people’s trust, but I am most disturbed that he used honor and integrity, a false faith in GOD, and a perverted image of the true heroes, our men and women who choose to serve to defend our country and our communities so that others can enjoy the freedoms so sacrificially earned.


Now we must persevere to rebuild relationships damaged, uphold the reputation I have worked my whole life to represent and move on, I will not let others deceptions and poor life choices detour the path that I believe GOD has set for me, I will not let others poor choices and actions “win” by causing so much disruption of the truth that the good guys end up following in poor choices also. He is simply not worth it. Please feel free to contact me, if there are any questions or concerns, past or present.



Well not only did Joel lie, and try to damage the reputation of Shawn and his business(Which he did not as far as we are concerned) he also produced fake certificates and trophies, as well as a shadow box.(Pictured below, courtesy


Trophy he had made claiming Soldier Of The Year 5th SFG, with his Green Beret



Since he has claimed the above awards, and gained employment due to that fact, he has broken the 2013 Stolen Valor act law. Now if only we can find a prosecutor to take the case.



His Fake SF Certificate

His Fake SF Certificate

My kids could have made a better fake certificate than that one!

So now to the real records of Joel Lisson, he served three years on Active Duty as a 91C(Which is now a 68W)Health Care Specialist. He served at Fort Sam Houston and in Hawaii.

Here are the actual awards he rates according to the Army:

Army Service Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge, Army reserves Components Achievement Medal and an Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

So not only was he NOT SF qualified, the only place he served OCONUS was Hawaii, and he was not even Airborne qualified.






So let me ask again why so many believe Stolen Valor is a victimless crime? Here you have an honest man(Shawn Jewell)who has his years of hard work and dedication to his business taken advantage of by scum like Joel Lisson. Not only that, but he was also trusted enough to train Law Enforcement on techniques, possibly endangering lives.

Joel speaking to Law Enforcement

Joel speaking to Law Enforcement


So Joel Lisson, your gig is up and the truth is now out for everyone to see, and you can be certain you will not work in this line of work ever again. As for those you have hurt with your lies, I think our fans would love to go over and thank  Mr. Shawn Jewell for bringing your lies out as soon as he realized something was not right. Go over and check out Shawn’s Facebook page R.E.A.C.T(Click For Facebook Page) and tell him we in the Military community, as well as Civilian fans support him and his business.

He recently purchased more than 300 acres for a new facility for his company out in Oregon, I would personally love to go out and visit him and his facility.


What are your thoughts?
34 comments on “Joel Eric Lisson Special Forces Fraud And Fake Survival Skill Instructor
  1. The Law Enforcement that was so-called ‘Trained” needs to be notified ASAP before there is a mistake made because of that low life!!

  2. Just a small note. 91C is the mos for a practical nurse (vocational nurse). The medical specialist course circa 1980 was 91B. They changed it to 91A around 1985 and made the 91B designation for E-5 and above. Either course would have satisfied prerequisite for 91C course at Ft. Sam. All the guys going 18D (special forces medic) must complete the medical specialist course as part of phase 2 in the Q course. That was probably his sum total of experience with SF. This guy is a douche bag!

  3. True David, I was wondering that myself. When I trained at Sam, it was 91Bravo school. Now we are called “68Whiskies”…and do not DARE call me a Health Care Specialist lol – I am, and always have been, a Combat Field Medic 🙂

    Either way, I have spent 16 years in the Guard (two tours in Iraq) and to think that someone from the medical corps was doing this…I am ashamed to have shared the same ground he walked on!

    Thank you for exposing this guy for the fraud he was. Keep up the good fight!

  4. Go and see “GenJohn Love on facebook. and GhBracket Larry. Or Seeck and Find scammers. There are many facke pictures pretending they are soldiers. I posted some of their pictures and they broke my laptop. There is one with several soldiers and one of them have John Mageaus face. Go and you’ll find up.

    • Thanks for keeping real military and veterans informed.
      People don’t realize how hard and special the elite forces are. These guys went thru a lot just to be who they are. It’s already hard being a grunt, but to be SF, it’s a unique calling for the special few!

  5. I’ve never understood the motivation of pretending to be someone or something other than yourself. Not only does it not make good sense to me, it doesn’t make good nonsense. FWIW I’m veteran of the the Vietnam era, although I never had to serve in ‘Nam. And while I’m proud of my service, my hat is off to those who served and in some cases sacrificed themselves as warriors. IMHO anyone who pretends to such service is lower than whale shit that sits at the bottom of the ocean. And you can’t get any lower than that.

  6. Throw him out of an airplane over Alaska wilderness and see if his actual survival skills will get him out. If you are going to lie about something, may as well make an honest man out of him. He can take his fake certificates and medals with him just incase he needs something to start the fires with.

    • Great idea Michael, but he is not Airborne qualified, so he would not know how to open the chute. What am I saying neither was I, but I guess this is a win win situation either way.

  7. What doesn’t make sense, is why does he have a CIB? How can someone that isn’t combat arms (i.e. Infantry) receive a CIB. Did he change his MOS in the process of being SF? I myself am a Veteran of Iraq and I earned my CIB and my combat action is justified by many means. This douche bag needs to be prosecuted. It didn’t show any combat action on his paperwork. It did show something about Drill School but it doesn’t mention anything about him having any combat service. Wtf? I have no respect for people that lie about there service. My service was a brief 3 years and 11 months and discharged by the Army after they got what they wanted out of me. I am not angry though, I am proud of my service and I would do it all over again if asked to. Noli Me Tangere! (2/2 Inf) Loyalty, Courage (1/5 Cav).

    • I understand that this POS wasn’t SF or any of the other shit he said, but for the sake of argument, let’s say he was SF and he did go to combat he would’ve had earned a CIB…. but wait; his lies caught up to him again: because a 18D SF Medic does not earn a CIB for combat, but a CMB which he does not display on his “I love me frame” Oh!!! and the Military Free Fall wings on the display were never issued to anybody in any service. Those are prototype wings proposed by JFK SWC, but never accepted for wearing. These come in the Basic, Senior, and Master ratings as opposed to the oficial MFF wings that only come in Basic and Master ratings

  8. Josh, you don’t need to to earn something to have it. I’ve seen privates buying so much random shit in clothing and sales cause they want to have it in case they earn it. It’s not like you need your erb to go shopping in clothing and sales. Also, you can find anything on the internet these days. There are plenty of sites to build your rack or buy full medals. I’m active duty 11B and currently in Afghanistan…..if I ever saw/met a fuck like this I’m pretty sure I’d stab him.

    • Buying the badges is not a crime nor there is anything wrong with it. I’m a collector and I buy badges all the time; even badges that I haven’t earned, for my collection and to trade, of course. The problem is when somebody start wearing unearned badges/awards, or displaying them as if they earned them. That’s where I’m with you on the stabbing part, Brett!!!

  9. Knowing Joel Eric Lisson personally and the people he is still in contact with, its a shame Joel is continuing his lies stating that people (aka react/Mr. Jewell) are “MAKING UP” false documents and lies about poor Joel. All those who are in doubt because Joel is such a good liar/manipulator (sociopath.) Consider this, has Joel shown you his military records? or is he to sick to print up fake ones? What about the shadow box of medals/awards, plaque, certificate, trophy that USED to be sitting in his glass stand in the hallway WHY DID HE REMOVE ALL THAT, and where did it go? What about his current medical condition of “stage 4 kidney failure” He has had people come rearrange his house so that He could get a dialysis machine, BUT have you seen the dialysis machine? Even if he bought one off ebay (assuming hes lying about his condition) have you sat there and watched him get dialysis? Kinda odd sense he has had kidney failure for 1 month now. What about his health insurance, first he said he was on disability/insurance from the VA which would make sense especially if he was a 3x purple heart recipient, but now actually gets insurance through his wife’s work so can not get a transplant like he needs, instead has to wait to be put on the waiting list?? I didn’t know war hero’s got such poor treatment when dying…Where is Joels public statement? Is Joel sick or Hiding?? I don’t want to call anyone who thinks joels real credentials are made up stupid but really, do you not know that the Guardian of Valor and Professional Soldiers websites have been around for quite some time and articles are written/posted directly from them/their authors not outside sources.. Whats Joels next move?? hmm probably to do that exactly and move, hide, run. Here is my personal statement to you Joel lisson sense you are probably noting down what to say when being questioned by the above questions.. PROVE PEOPLE WRONG please, we are waiting! 😉 And here’s a question for you, why do you pray on youth and women? do you think that they are more naive to your manipulation and easily used or are you really that good of a lover?! And “the wife” sense you are probably reading this to because somebody has to back his non-sense stories up, after all you have been part of his life for 30 ish years, whats in it for you?? obviously the whole extramarital ‘loving’ is not a issue for you, so why the marriage and the backing of lies.. again whats in it for you, cause i sure have a couple ideas…

    • Jane,
      I don’t think his wife should be owed like this…some wives are less knowledgable about their husband military career as others, the rest of your post is outstanding.

      • A mention of “the wife” was only made because she states that she “seen him come home wounded” “was flown to Germany to visit him in the hospital” “went to his funeral when nobody could find him, while he was in a Germany hospital” “was there and remembers everything to confirm it”…really?? just saying real suspicious to me.

  10. Hummmm….I was looking over his 2-1 and DD214….okay he has medical training and a medical MOS – I get that part…Then has the Drill SGT training listed – get that. But where is his 11B training? And where is his SGT/SSG promotion dates? Something seems amiss here, just saying?

  11. So why is the AFEM his highest ribbon then the MSM and ARCOM on the first row? He has all the ribbons that conincide with his medals on the ribbon rack except the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Order of precedence should be BSM, PHM, MSM, ARCOM,AFEM, Army Svc Ribbob and Overseas Service Ribbon.

  12. Your DD214 would not show a “unit” citation. Usually you will receive and be authorized to wear a unit citation such as Presidential or Meritorious unit citation that the unit earned at some time in it’s history. You would only be authorized to wear it as long as you were assigned to that unit.

  13. This fobbit was on the radar screen 2 years ago in Bend. Mr. Jewell was aware there were problems but chose to ignore it. Then, “rambo’s” war stories and props helped with business. This guy could have and should have been busted out easy back then. One call by legitimate interest Parrty (his employer, maybe?) to either Bragg’s School for Boys or down to the “Grinder” at Coronado would have resulted in instant thumbs down. Lissom would/couldn’t even provide a graduation class number from SFQC when asked. Why? He didn’t have one and knew if he gave any such number it could be checked as quick as an SSN.

    Every claim made after that is fruitless. No attendee-no graduate – no where else to go or say.

    Anyone who ever loaned him any money better get in line… 🙂

    • I mean no disrespect Mr Walker
      But there is difference between an opinion of someone and evidence against them. If you thought Joel was a fraud nearly two years ago, why then did you not search out his military records or any evidence to prove your feelings which would have led to his exposure? It seems wrong to now jump on board with ‘I told you so’s’. From my understanding Shawn sought evidence of Joel’s claims at the time not knowing the extent of the lies. Turns out there were many lies and publicly exposed by a Real Green Beret. How does throwing Shawn under the bus make sense when you didn’t seek Joel’s military records, Shawn did?

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