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People might recognize the name Mark “Oz” Geist from the tragic events that happened on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya. Oz was part of the Annex Security Team that fought in the battle and is the co-author of the book 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, which details the event. That book was subsequently turned into a movie, in which Oz was portrayed by Max Martini.

Oz spent 12 years in the US Marine Corps, serving in positions ranging from barracks duty in the Philippines to anti-/counterterrorism to intelligence. After he left the Marines, Oz began a career in law enforcement, where he spent time as a county sheriff and investigator. In 2004, he began contracting for the US government. After being injured in Benghazi, Oz spent several weeks in the hospital, during which time he said he didn’t get paid.

“I have a workman’s comp policy, which maxes out at a third of what you were making,” Oz said. “And so because of that, and the struggle my family had because of that, me and my wife started a nonprofit called Shadow Warriors Project. Both of us just don’t want to see anybody else have to go through some of the struggles we had. And we’re helping take care of the contractor, making sure they get the right medical, the right service, and more importantly even than that is taking care of the family. There’s no family support services for contractors.”

Oz also works with All Things Possible Ministries, which is a nonprofit focused on helping women escape sex trafficking, helping children escape terrorism, “and just kind of spreading God’s love,” he said.

In the latest installment of 11 Questions & A Cup of Coffee, Coffee or Die sat down with Oz to talk about motivation, success, and — of course — coffee.

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