Got Your Six Coffee Co. (GY6CC)

Got Your Six Coffee Co. (GY6CC) is passionate about helping veterans and others who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect us. Because of that a portion of all the profits from Got Your Six Coffee go to our non-profit, GY6 Foundation which has a primary mission to ‘serve those who serve’.Veteran homelessness, veteran suicides, and the daily struggles that veterans, LEO’s, EMT’s and Fire Fighters have with respect to PTSD needs to be addressed and we intend to lend a hand with that… 8 of them to be exact. That is exactly why we have an octopus as part of our logo because we are lending a hand, or arm in this case, to members of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corp, Law Enforment, Emergency Medical Technicians and those in the Fire Fighting community.
 

About Us

``Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.`` - Chief Tecumseh
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Got Your Six
[got] [yoo r] [siks] | verb

Verb
1. In military terms, “I’ve got your six” means, “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with WWI fighter pilots referencing the rear of the airplane as the six o’clock position.

OUR PURPOSE

“Forged through adversity, driven by purpose, service to those who serve.”

– Eric Hadley

Got Your Six Coffee Co. (GY6CC) is passionate about helping veterans and others who put their lives on the line everyday to serve and protect us. Because of that a portion of all the profits from Got Your Six Coffee go to our non-profit, GY6 Foundation which has a primary mission to ‘serve those who serve’.

Veteran homelessness, veteran suicides, and the daily struggles that veterans, LEO’s, EMT’s and Fire Fighters have with respect to PTSD needs to be addressed and we intend to lend a hand with that… 8 of them to be exact. That is exactly why we have an octopus as part of our logo because we are lending a hand, or arm in this case, to members of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corp, Law Enforment, Emergency Medical Technicians and those in the Fire Fighting community. We are making it our goal to end veteran homelessness, to eliminate the veteran suicide rate of 22 veterans a day, and to work with other organizations such as EMT’s, LEO’s, and Fire Fighters to lend a hand when and where ever we can.

Visit our online store and help those that serve us by purchasing your daily coffee, apparel, or other items thru us. Let us provide you a great cup of coffee and we will do the rest.  They got our six, now it’s time for us to get theirs.

OUR PLAN

Provide Excellent Coffee & Give Back to Those that Serve.

Our plan is essentially this… We are going to provide our customers and our community with the highest level of true customer service, we are going to provide you with the best cup of coffee that we can craft and when its all said and done with. We are going to pay our bills, take care of our employees and the rest goes to GY6 Foundation where is their purpose to serve those who serve. Veterans and First Responders manage huge responsibilities every day. Some times those who serve need some help too and we intend to be that someone.

We are taking the necessity of coffee and using it as a catalyst to make a difference in our community and the country that we hold so dear.

Our History

How It All Began by Eric Hadley, CEO

“When I was growing up I thought that I was going to be a cartoon artist. Then in the later years of high school I was going to be an architect, followed by an Army Officer, which lead to a Law Enforcement Officer, and, lastly a Naval Officer. When it was all said and done with, I became a Licensed, United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Engineer who, right out of college went to work for the United States Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

I was a small town country boy from Paris Texas who, upon graduation, went to bootcamp in Ft. Knox Kentucky to compete for an Army Scholarship as part of the United States Army Early Commissioning Program. After bootcamp I reported to my sponsoring school, New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell NM, a two year junior college. While I earned a scholarship, ultimately I decided to turn it down for personal reasons… basically they weren’t going to guarantee that I could drive tanks… What can I say? I have always been enamored by big pieces of equipment… In the end though, I still went to school and graduated from NMMI with a Liberal Arts Degree before transferring up to Maine Maritime Academy in Castine ME. During my time in Castine, I again competed for a scholarship. This time it was for the Navy to which, again, I had earned one. Upon graduation I was commissioned as an Ensign in the Untied States Navy’s Individual Ready Reserve program. Growing up in a small town in north east Texas I rarely made it out of the state, let along the country. Whats funny is that by the time I had graduated college I had already been to 13 different countries. Needless to say I was bitten by the travel bug.

Right after graduation I went to work for Military Sealift Command as an engineering officer where I spent the next 13 years traveling the globe doing logistical support for US forces at sea. This job lead me to see and do so many amazing things. Just to list a few, I was able to:

  • Be a First Responder onboard the USNS Comfort during the 9/11 attacks.
  • Be an active part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom onboard the USNS Niagara Falls
  • Be a participant in mission work for an elderly community in Thailand onboard the USNS Walther S. Diel
  • Aiding stranded sailors in the Indian Ocean

I have been blessed to serve so many people through out my career. A career that has taken me to 59 different countries.

Something that always seemed to happen when we pulled into port was that we sought out wi-fi as a way to reconnect with loved ones back home. Typically the best wi-fi was always found at the local coffee shops. Point here is that I have spent my fair share of time in coffee shops over the years.

My story stems from necessity… After Military Sealift Command I did engineering project management for the United States Coast Guard at the CGY in Baltimore Maryland. Because of sequestration there was a strong hint that I was going to loose my contract so I proactively sought out new employment. Ultimately I took a job with Transocean working offshore in the oil industry as an engineer. A year after being hired the oil industry took a hit and I spent the next 2.5 years watching large numbers of my co-workers getting laid off every quarter as a result of the down turn in the industry. Two and a half years later I was told that “there was no more fat to cut” which lead to me being let go and for the first time in my career I found myself asking the question, “now what?”

That is when I started down the road of creating the GY6 Foundation, a nonprofit geared towards eliminating veteran homelessness and the veteran suicide rate. Shortly after starting down that path I realized that I did not have the financial means to carry myself for 2-3 years while the nonprofit got off the ground. SO, I tabled the project and began my search for employment. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of ocean front property here in Springfield MO so after several months I decided to drop oars and row my own boat… Thats when Got Your Six Coffee Company was born. I saw that, through a cup of coffee, I could make a difference in this country and I intend to do just that. GY6CC will be my driving force that empowers me to fund and operate GY6 Foundation (status pending).”

Forged through adversity, driven by purpose, service to those who serve. We are a coffee shop with a purpose! Our goals are as follows: Eliminate the veteran suicide rate! End Veteran Homelessness. Ensure that LEO’s, EMT’s, and Fire Fighters know that their communities appreciate their efforts to keep us safe. They have our backs 24/7, 365 and its time that we stand up and show them that we have theirs!

Our Team

The Got Your Six Coffee’s mission is powerful and the entire team truly believes in the mission and is extremely passionate serving those we serve.

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Eric Hadley

CEO

As an engineering officer for Military Sealift Command, I spent 13 years doing logistical support for US forces at sea. Now, I want to sell coffee, be a responsible business owner - pay my bills and use the profits for various nonprofit charities that are geared towards helping veterans, EMTs, LEO, and Fire Fighters.

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Joel Lund

Executive Consultant

I grew up in a world that respected those who serve the citizens of our country, whether in the military, or first responders at home. So I was immediately attracted to Eric Hadley’s vision and mission. It’s a great privilege to be a part of this epic enterprise.

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Jayme Blume

Marketing & Sales

I come from a military family. I am excited to join Eric’s team and help him grow his business because his big picture vision with helping others by way of his coffee is amazing. Its great to see someone doing positive things for others and I am excited to be a part of that.

brewing guide

For those who have ever wondered…”How many scoops do I need if… or how much water do I need for…?” Well, I have you covered. Check out our recommended Brew Chart

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our mission

Our mission at Got Your Six Coffee is to provide you with a unmatched coffee experience while helping those who serve and protect us. Click below to learn more about the GY6 Foundation.

Eric Hadley is a rare blend of a visionary mixed with an entrepreneurial spirit that simply won’t be defeated. Eric sees everything as a challenge, as a warrior does, rather than a blessing or a curse, like a common man will. He’s building from scratch a coffee company with the purpose of serving great experiences, which in turn will serve the non-profit serving those who serve us. Eric is a force to be reckoned with, and an example for us all of a life lived with purpose.

Joel Lund

Eric was an honest, committed and industrious student. The Maine Maritime Academy Merchant Mariner license program is one of the most difficult in the country. The fact that he excelled in the program is an endorsement of his potential to succeed.

Vince Corry

Eric has a superb ability mold strong teams out of individuals with diverse perspectives and priorities. He worked non-stop to ensure the availability was a success. As the Port Engineer, Eric was committed to the success of the Coast Guard Cutter JAMES RANKIN’s $1.7 Million Dry Dock availability. His interpersonal skills smoothly guided the actions of contracted service providers, Coast Guard engineers and shipboard personnel to align with the Operational Commanders priorities. His skillful approach to solving challenges makes him a valuable asset to any team he is a part of.

Russell Zuckerman

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our mission

Our mission at Got Your Six Coffee is to provide you with a unmatched coffee experience while helping those who serve and protect us. Click below to learn more about the GY6 Foundation.