Team Ward 57 is Heading Back to Oahu!

Jul 31, 2019


Operation Ward 57 is competing in the Na Koa Wounded Warrior Regatta on Oahu in August 2019!  We need your help to make this happen! 

With your support we can help make dreams come true and provide an opportunity for these wounded warriors and their caregivers to travel to Hawaii and compete in a unique canoe regatta designed specifically to support, empower and heal our Veterans, Active Duty and Gold Star Families. The race is not about competition or winning the trophy as it is about providing a physical challenge and a morale boosting event surrounded and supported by their peers.

By donating or sponsoring today you are helping to send 1-2 teams composed of purple heart recipients, amputees and those suffering from PTSD/TBI to Hawaii to compete on Team Ward 57.

17 AUG, 0800-1530 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta, Fort DeRussy

Your tax deductible donation may be mailed to Operation Ward 57, PO Box 80055, Seattle, WA 98108. Please make checks payable to “Operation Ward 57.” EIN 61-1521946. Or, you may make your donation on-line at

Sponsorship packets available by email at or by downloading HERE. Sponsorship levels range from $250-5000.


SGT (Ret) Aaron Boyle
Motivated by the 9/11 attacks, Aaron Boyle joined the Army after high school following the legacy of his father and brothers who all served. He went on his first deployment to Iraq in 2008 as an Infantryman, and then deployed again in 2010, this time to Afghanistan with B Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On Sept. 21, 2010, SGT Boyle was on patrol in the Arghandab River Valley when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The blast resulted in the loss of his right arm, right leg, and severe damage to his left leg.

CPL Andrew Smith
Corporal Andrew Smith served as an Infantry soldier with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division from 2002-2005. Wounded in Fallujah, Iraq in 2003 by shrapnel from an IED, he is the recipient of the Purple Heart. Because of his military experience, he now assists as a mentor with the Honor & Courage program through Operation Ward 57.

SSG (Ret) James Dahl
Staff Sergeant James Dahl joined the Army in 1984 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, 4th group and 163 Cavalry. He served in Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Africa, South America and Grenada. He deployed twice to Iraq. SSG Dahl retired as after 22 years. His injuries include a bullet to the shoulder, PTSD & TBI.

LCPL (Ret) Eli Tice
Marine Lance Corporal Eli Tice was assigned to Alpha Company in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. In May 2010, Eli was severely wounded by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of his right leg from the knee down, his right thumb, and a shattered left wrist. He spent many months at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Hospital undergoing countless surgeries and rehabilitation from his injuries.

MAJ (Ret) Edward “Flip” Klein
A 2006 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Major Edward “Flip” Klein was leading his company on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan when he was struck by a dismounted improvised explosive device (IED). His injury resulted in the loss of both his legs and right arm, and significant damage to his remaining hand.

SSgt (Ret) Brandon Dodson
On Aug. 9, 2014 during his 5th deployment Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson was on a foot patrol as an infantry squad leader with
1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Helmand province, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated in close proximity to
him, taking off both legs, fracturing his pelvis, and causing other injuries including a broken tailbone and broken right hand.