Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded non‐profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. Our programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of our wounded military and public service veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible.
OEW is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and our various programs.
OEW expanded our programs in 2018 to include Adventure. Encompassing many facets of endurance and physically-rigorous challenges, the OEW Adventure program answers the call of those wounded veterans who choose to push longer and harder than our typical Athletic Events. With activities such as rucks, mountain climbing, multi-day biking tours, and more... OEW strives to provide safe and challenging activities full of adventure and personal satisfaction towards setting even higher goals and breaking the barriers of adaptability.
As an Operation Enduring Warrior program, OEW archery empowers and motivates our honorees by teaching and practicing the art and sport of archery with a focus on mindfulness, dedication, and precision.
OEW offers wounded veterans the opportunity to physically challenge themselves through overcoming seemingly insurmountable feats. The OEW Team and supporters join alongside our Honorees in a variety of physically challenging events such as obstacle course racing, hand cycling, triathlons and more.
OEW Skydive’s mission is to facilitate skydiving for wounded veterans from initial training through to the achievement of their USPA A-license certification. This program offers an unparalleled sense of freedom of flight and endless mental, physical, and emotional rehabilitative solutions in what can feel like a completely new dimension in their lives, often becoming a lifelong hobby.
Designed to create interaction between wounded veterans and the community, we send our heroes to public speaking courses in order to increase their comfort level with engaging large crowds and obtain a new, lifelong skill. They can then engage in public speaking opportunities with schools, community and veteran groups, corporations, news outlets and other charitable organizations.
masked athlete team
The team members who don the mask are members of the Masked Athlete Team (MAT). These members have gone through a rigorous selection process known as Warrior INDOC. This in-depth process is composed of several phases of personal, professional and physical analysis, fundraising abilities, and teamwork assessment.
For information on the process of becoming a masked athlete, click HERE.
Masked Athlete Team Call Signs
Sacrifice: Former infantryman in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq & Afghanistan. In June of 2008,while on patrol, lost left leg from a roadside bomb in the vicinity of Zormat of Eastern Afghanistan.
Sacrifice: Medically retired police officer, former SWAT operator, author, and advocate for military and law enforcement veterans.
Courage: Former United States Army Medic. Former Firefighter. Currently serving as a Critical Care Transport and Emergency Room Nurse.
Dauntless: 10-year veteran of the Air Force. Served as a member of Security Forces with multiple deployments to include South America, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Afghanistan.
Dependability: Former Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Task Force Shepherd - Desert Storm. 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Light Armored Scout Training Section. Served primarily as a scout instructor and battalion rappel master. 0311 / 0313 / 8023.
Determination: U.S. Army Airborne Infantry with the 173rd ABN IN BDE and a Combat Engineer with the 818th Sapper Co. Multiple NATO Training Excirsizes and 1 Deployment to Turkey.
Drive: Retired Navy Reserve “Mustang”. Previous deployment to the Arabian Gulf as Commo for Expeditionary Security Squadron providing maritime security operations in support of OEF.
Endure: Marine Corps. veteran with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. 2nd. Mar.Div. 3/6 Lima Co. 0311 Infantry.
Fortitude: Former U.S. Army Reserve medic currently serving as a Police Officer in Upstate New York.
Heart: Active-duty Soldier with over 25 years in service. Over a dozen deployments over his career, combat, peacekeeping, and others, across four continents and more than a half dozen countries.
Integrity: Retired Naval Officer. Served as a Naval Flight Officer in the EA-6B aircraft.
Limitless: Navy Veteran and EMT. Deployed to fifth and seventh fleets onboard USS Pinckney in support of counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations. Participated in multiple training exercises in the third fleet.
Mettle: Retired Marine Officer. Served as a F/A-18 Hornet Pilot, JTAC, and Infantry Company Commander.
Motivation: Medically Retired US ARMY Field Artilleryman, served 12 years, and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.
Onward: Former Army National Guard Staff Sergeant with 14 years of service. Deployments to Hungary/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia in support of SFOR. Later, OIF-I & II and 2009 to 2010 (OND). State and National mobilizations in response to September 11, 2001 and search/rescue in New Orleans for hurricane Katrina and Rita. Currently a police officer with over eight years of service in Texas.
Prevail: U.S. Marine Corps veteran from 2005-2016 in the infantry and intelligence fields with multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shield: Former Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Task Force Shepherd - Desert Storm. 1st Light Armored Recon Battalion. Retired Sheriff Investigator, assigned to US Marshall Fugitive Task Force.
Stalwart: Veteran of the U. S. Army Signal Corps. Served in the 29th, 17th, and 82nd Signal Battalions. Currently working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Dedicated Christian, husband, father, and friend. Enjoys assisting people in their endeavors to overcome adversity.
Steadfast: Active duty, currently serving, Army Psychological Operations Officer with over 25 years of service. Former Battalion Commander with experiences from tactical to strategic level and multiple operational and combat deployments to include Kosovo, Latin America, Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Tenacious: Former Air Force turboprop/turboprop mechanic. Reenlisted in 2021 and currently cross-training as AF Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
Trustworthy: Active police officer with over 15 years of service, currently a member of the department's honor guard. Has experience working in county, village, and city settings.
Unwavering: Served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as an Infantryman from 2003-2010 with active duty deployments to Africa and Afghanistan. Has been a Police Officer for the past 14 years, currently assigned as a Detective with the San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force, with a collateral duty as a SWAT Team Leader and Breacher.
Valiant: Former U.S. Army Infantry Officer with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Vanguard: Army veteran served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Served 7 years as an Airborne Field Artillery paratrooper under the 82nd and 173rd. Loving husband and father of 2 children. Dedicated time to service the community and helping raise up fellow veterans. Originally joined OEW as an honoree and grew with the support of the organization.
Memorial Masked Athlete Team Members
Candor: Active Duty U.S. Army Paratrooper with 20+ years of service.
Sacrifice: United States Army, combat engineer with the 62nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. Medically retired in 2009.
Unbreakable: Served with 1st Ranger BN as Engineer Breacher. Served in both OEF and OIF for total of seven deployments.
Legacy Masked Athlete Team Members
Not all MAT are moved to Legacy status when they decide to leave. That title is conferred upon those MAT who, during their active time on the team, have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and dedication to our honorees, have sacrificed their time and dedicated their energy tirelessly to help their teammates, and who have provided leadership within the organization. We chose the term Legacy because the expectation is those who are moved to that status have left one.
Solace Heart Redemption Commitment