To honor the legacy of Sergeant Matthew Abbate (uh-baa-tay) by providing warriors space to recalibrate inside the wire and community to thrive outside the wire.
We offer free-of-cost retreats in "Big Sky Country" for service members and eligible veterans, where they can reconnect with their warrior spirit, foster community through shared interests, and re-discover purpose in service to each other, their families, and their communities.
Sgt. Matt Abbate
A modern day achilles.
Sgt Matt Abbate was a modern day Achilles; he was the greatest warrior to grace the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. While his conduct on the battlefield is well known (Navy Cross Citation), his humility and principles were equally legendary. He was a father, son, and brother to us all. It’s our mutual obligation to carry his legacy forward.
About the Patrol Base
You are now entering friendly lines.
The Patrol Base is a location for current service members and veterans to rest and refit inside the wire in order to deploy back to their local communities with a renewed sense of purpose. While it’s important that we carve out a space for our members, we want to make sure that we equip those who served with the right tools to get back in the fight. We believe in the outdoors, physical activity, and that a tribe and purpose are the essential elements for a warrior’s mind and soul. As current service members and veterans, we are called to serve and seek to sacrifice. PB Abbate affords us an opportunity to continue that calling.
Our Patrol Base is built around a cabin in Big Sky Country. It is intentionally austere to get us outside and on the move. We run several retreats a year that bring vets with similar interests together. Our shooters, fishers, hunters, lifters, artists, and more will all have the opportunity to gather in squad sized elements led by subject matter experts in these respective fields.
We intend to continually improve our position and ourselves, so grab your e-tool and get ready to fill a sandbag as we come together as a community to build a place where all military service members and veterans can rally.
Three Tiers. Inside the wire.
Our Patrol Base is built around a cabin in “Big Sky Country.” It is intentionally austere to get us outside and on the move. We run several retreats a year that bring together service members and veterans with similar interests. Our shooters, fishers, hunters, lifters, artists, and more will all have the opportunity to gather in squad-sized elements led by subject matter experts in these respective fields. Through our retreats, our members have the opportunity to use the wilderness to bond, rest, and refit, while learning skills that will benefit them as they transition back into their communities. Through our programming, they rekindle their warrior spirit and become better family members, leaders, and citizens.
We currently have over 35 active local chapters, and are growing rapidly. By establishing chapters that act as rally points of PB Abbate, we build a sense of community and share skills that carry us outside the wire. We are establishing chapters in major cities across the country to help our members serve their communities and foster connectedness through a mutually beneficial network.
When our members can’t attend a retreat or chapter event together, we built an online platform to keep lines of communication open 24/7. These forums are structured similarly to our clubs and chapters, and allow our members to reach one another at any point in time.
Who we are
Thomas Schueman, President
Major Thomas Schueman was born in Chicago, Illinois and commissioned in the Marine Corps in May of 2008. He Currently serves as an English Instructor at the United States Naval Academy.
Tom has deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as both a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and as a JTAC with the Afghan National Army's 1/215th Reconnaissance Company.
He later served as the Director of Combat Instructor School at SOI-W and as the Company Commander of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, where he deployed to Darwin, Australia.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University and a Master of Arts from Georgetown. He is Married to Andrea Schueman and has a two-year-old daughter, Amelia.