A retired United States Marine Corps officer and FBI special agent, John Guandolo applies his skills in counterterrorism and national security as the vice president of strategic planning for Strategic Engagement Group. Additionally, John Guandolo belongs to the Knights of Malta.
For nearly 1,000 years, the Knights of Malta (full name: Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta) has provided medical attention to people in need. Operating in 120 nations and holding permanent observer status from the United Nations, the group conducts missions of chivalry, and trains people in first aid and other medical care. More than 80,000 people volunteer with this group.
One of the Knights of Malta’s most notable humanitarian initiatives is the Hospital Ship, which is run by its Peruvian Association. Sailing along the Rio Napo, the Hospital Ship visits rural locations in Ecuador, the Amazon, and Peru. Throughout 2014, this ship’s medical crew performed more than 50,000 procedures, including births. Additionally, its on-board cash dispenser makes it easier for its employees, including local teachers, to obtain salaries. Despite some initial distrust of the indigenous population, the Hospital Ship has become a major success and receives the support from local communities. The Knights of Malta’s Peruvian Association hopes to expand its presence in the Amazon with as many as a dozen ships.