The Ashton Story

Ken Ashton is a retired U.S. Army (Green Beret) Master Sergeant with over 25 years on active duty. He has deployed to and conducted military operations throughout the world including in Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Former Soviet Republics with multiple combat tours throughout the Middle East. Ken and his Special Forces “A” Team spear headed both the invasions of Afghanistan in October 2001 and Iraq in 2004.

Love & History

Ken loved the weapons he trained with and used in combat, as he says “they were an extension of me for most of my adult life.” Today he loves to take ammunition from these same weapon systems and turn them into usable, unique, and decorative items. (Trench Art) as it was called back in WWI when soldiers in the trenches used to fashion items of war into trinkets that they could send home to loved ones. It offered an insight, not only to their feelings and emotions about the war, but also their surroundings and the materials they had available to them. It is no different today as friends, family and loved ones enjoy receiving gifts and memorabilia unique to the military.

Ken Ashton

Ken started his career in 1983 as a young infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. As a conventional soldier his assignments also included the 502nd light infantry in Korea and the 10th Mountain Division at Ft Drum, NY. Then in 1996 he tried out for and was accepted into the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). After completing training as a special forces weapons expert he was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA 583), an “A” Team with 5th Special forces Group out of Ft. Campbell, Ky. He progressed through the ranks from his Weapons Sergeant job to “A” Team Intelligence Sergeant and then “A” Team Sergeant in charge of a 12 Man Special Forces “A” Team for almost 5 years before retiring in November 2012.

Unique Gifts

Ken and Abby created Laser Locked to be a little different, to connect with people who are looking for unique and memorable gifts that are customizable, so you can receive and give that perfect and meaningful gift. We are perfect for Birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Wedding Groomsmen and Bridesmaid gifts.