Harbor Site Foundation’s  goal is to give veterans in Law Enforcement and their families a place to go in order to get the most current information on benefits afforded to them as well as providing an accessible  support network they can utilize in a completely confidential manner. Read our guests biography below. 

Joseph Kauper

Founder of Harbor Site Foundation . He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp 1997-2001.

Upon leaving the Marines he worked as an information security contractor for the Army in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Returning stateside in 2003 he began working as a uniformed officer for the US Dept of State Diplomatic Security Service. He took a leave of absence from 2005-2006 where he was working as a contractor in Afghanistan on a communications project in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after his return back at the Department of State he was hired on as a police officer for Port Authority Police Department.

In late 2010 a fellow police officer and former Marine who had served two tours in Iraq took his own life. This prompted some of the veterans on our job to begin to ask some important questions that many returning veterans ask themselves: Where is the support network for police officers returning from hazardous duty tours in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan?  Due to the strict requirements in their line of work, Will a police officer who sustained the “invisible” injuries of combat such as post traumatic stress and Traumatic Brain Injury be placing their job in jeopardy in order to seek assistance?

Where is the transition assistance for a soldier, sailor or Marine returning from combat to getting back to patrol on the streets here in the US?

These are questions that many police departments in the United States have yet to address. Joseph Kauper, Police Officer Mike Stoia and Jersey City Police officer Collin Congleton (all former Marines) started the Harbor Site Foundation to bring these issues to light and remove the stigma that goes hand in hand with these diagnoses’. 


Agostino von Hassell

Who spent his formative years in the United States, studying European History at Columbia University graduating with a B.A. in 1974. He then attended Columbia Journalism School, graduating with a M.S. and with honors in 1975.

His is now the president of The Repton Group LLC, a New York City consulting group that deals global trade issues, national security, corporate due diligence and litigation support. He has extensive expertise in international policy and trade issues and works for government entities such as the Government of Japan and the Government of Portugal. He works with government-held financial firms in Dubai and across the globe. His firm – www.thereptongroup.- has extensive lobby, financial and due diligence expertise.

He wrote numerous political and historical articles for publications as diverse as The Marine Corps Gazette, Die Zeit (Germany), Naval Proceedings, Defense News, The Navy Times and others. He is the author of two major military histories (published by Howell Press, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia): Warriors: The United States Marine Corps (published first in 1988); Strike Force: Marine Corps Special Operations. Strike Force provided a concept for a major Dale Brown novel. Warriors was also translated into Italian.

He is the author – along with former Marine Herman J. Dillon – of West Point: the Bicentennial Book published in March 2002 by Howell Press. In 2003 he published a pictorial portrait of the United States: In Honor of America. In 2006 he published Military Highlife. This is the first major book published on elegant military food in decades.

St. Martin’s Press, New York, published in the fall of 2006 An Alliance of Enemies, a book on the untold story on the secret contacts between Germany’s resistance the Abwehr and the OSS in World War II.

Hassell has contributed chapters to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Sage Publications, 2005). He has taught as adjunct professor in the graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, teaching members of the New York City Police Department in subjects such as counter-terrorism and leadership.

He is a life member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, the National Defense Industry Association, the OSS Society, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Society of Media Photographers, and the Authors’ Guild.

Hassell is fluent in French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and moderately fluent in Russian, Arabic (Lebanese dialect), and Dutch.

Agostino von Hassell was born in 1953 into a German diplomatic family. His father served at German Embassies in Rome and at the European Community in Brussels, completing his career as the first German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. The Hassell family has served both in the civil service and the military: immediate ancestors include Blücher, and Generals Clausewitz and Gneisenau. His great-grandfather was Admiral von Tirpitz “whose very name makes Englishman shudder to this day.1 His grandfather Ulrich von Hassell was executed after acting as a leader in the failed attempt to kill Hitler in July 1944.

Other Activities

Adjunct Professor, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York City. Taught for three years in the Graduate Program for the New York Police Department. Taught counter-terrorism for law enforcement and leadership

Assisted training the National Police of the Dominican Republic and the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey. Trained FBI leadership on counter-terrorism

Global Training: Singapore Police, Turkish National Police, Portuguese Police



  • Warriors: The United States Marine Corps, 1989, Howell Press, Virginia –
  • Strike Force: Marine Corps Special Operations, 1993, Howell Press, Virginia –
  • West Point, 2003, Howell Press, Virginia
  • In Honor of America, 2004, Howell Press, Virginia
  • Military High Life: Elegant Military Food, Fall 2006
  • Alliance of Enemies, fall 2006, St. Martin’s Press, New York.
  • Alliance of Enemies – also translated into Polish and Spanish
  • Counter-Terrorism Case Studies, 2009, Sage Publications
  • Modern Piracy, Kendall-Hunt, 2009
  • Ulrich von Hassell Diaries (Revised Edition), 2012
  • War Horse Heaven
  • Modern Piracy, Kendall-Hunt, 2013 Second Revised edition
  • Counter-Terrorism Case Studies, 2014 , Sage Publications – in preparation – revised

Articles: Published in Die Zeit, Interviu (Spain), Marine Corps Gazette, Proceedings, Amphibious Warfare Review.

1The Times of London, Obituary for Ilse von Hassell, née Tirpitz, March 1999


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