Who We Are

Major General James Comstock USA (Ret.)

CEO, First Fold

Major General James W Comstock USA (Ret.)

First Fold CEO Major General James W Comstock USA (Ret) served 38 years in the United States Army. He earned a BA from Michigan State University, an MA from California State University and is a graduate of the Army War College.

Major General Comstock served as US Central Command’s Reserve Component Advisor/Deputy J3. He served as Commanding General of the 311th COSCOM.  Major General Comstock also served with the 82nd ABN Division, 1st Cavalry Division (Vietnam), 11th Special Forces Group and the US Army Ranger Department.  He mobilized for Operation Joint Endeavor serving as Commander 3d COSCOM and Commander Task Force 21.

Major General Comstock’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” device and two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device and five oak leaf clusters, Air Medal Second award, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and numerous service medals.

In 2009 Major General Comstock was inducted into the Michigan State University Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

Major General Comstock brings over 35 years of civilian management experience to his position of CEO of First Fold.

David Varcardipone

Founder, First Fold.

David Varcardipone

David Varcardipone, Founder of First Fold, created First Fold as a tribute to his fallen brothers and sisters.

“I wanted more than a plaque on a wall for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. The dog tag was created as a symbol of solidarity for family and friends so their loved ones will never be forgotten.”

David has more than 24 years of experience in law enforcement, serving as a uniformed field training officer, investigator, manager and community relations officer. He has received world recognition (Herman Goldstein Award) for his analytical approach toward crime issues within communities.

David is a subject matter expert in strategies, policies and procedures and base line measurements on cost and security developments and has published articles for the Community Policing Consortium on this subject matter. He was born in Washington, D.C., lived in New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida (Newport Richey).

His experience includes:

  • Coast Guard (2003-present)
  • San Diego Police Department (1990-present)
  • Navy, Hospital Corpsman (1982-1988)

“A person is never truly gone until he is forgotten! – David Varcardipone

Mark Bryson

Technology Advisor / Investor, First Fold

Mark Bryson

Mark Bryson, United States Air Force served his country globally and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his service in  Grenada. Mark continued his public service by joining the Cleveland National Forest- USDA Forest Department, serving as the Park Ranger at the Temecula Deer Springs station in southern California.

Deployed across the southern and northern state of California, Mark participated in fighting some of the most horrific fires in California history. Born in the heart of Texas. Mark now calls San Diego his home.  Active in his community, Mark champion’s and supports military and civil causes that provide emergency services and relief efforts across the world.



Tony Butler

Marketing Director, First Fold

Tony Butler

I was born and raised in the great state of Ohio. In May of 1995, I graduated from Ottawa-Glandorf High School. In August of 1995, I left for Marine Corps boot camp. I served as a CH-53 engine mechanic at Marine Corps Base Hawaii until I received my honorable discharge in 1999. I moved back to the Midwest for a short time. After about a year of living in the Midwest, my “little brother,” an active duty Marine at the time, convinced me to move to San Diego in 2001. I’ve been here ever since.

For years, I would hang my head because I did not see any combat in the wars on terror. I felt as though I had gotten out of the Marine Corps too soon. That is, until I heard the stories of many Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans.

I had the pleasure of speaking with a retired Marine Corps First Sergeant regarding how I felt about not seeing combat. This Marine First Sergeant is a decorated war hero of both OEF and OIF. I was expecting a little backlash from him, being that his combat experiences have hardened him to his very core. Instead, he reminded me of the traditional old saying “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” He told me there was no reason for me to continue to hang my head and I should do what I can do to help my brothers, now.

First Fold, is a continuation of my service to my fellow Marines as well as veterans of all branches of service. I sincerely believe that I am my brother’s keeper. I believe in brotherhood.


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