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Q: What does your call sign mean to you?

A: As a Marine, from day one of boot camp, Semper Fidelis or Always Faithful, is ingrained in our minds, it becomes our new way of life. As a Police Officer, we are similarly taught that we are "our Brother's keeper". Both professions teach us to live a lifestyle, loyal to your Brother and Sister Marines and Officers. When selected to be a Team Athlete, no other word meant more to me, to bridge my two professions and the love I have for each, than Loyalty. 


Q: What branch of the military or LEO did you serve in (or are currently serving in), for how long, and what was your job?

A: I am in the United States Marine Corps, serving as a Civil Affairs Non Commissioned Officer in the Reserves. I enlisted in 2006 as an Aviation Firefighter but switched to Civil Affairs after returning from Iraq in 2010. Due to my Reserve Unit shutting down, I'm in the process of reenlisting for a new MOS as a Forward Observer. I’m also a Detective for a NJ County  Police - Metro Division, assigned to the Shooting Response Team.


Q: Why did you commit to the Masked Athlete program?

A: I've focused most of my life to helping others. When I attended my first race with OEW and saw how amazing the MAT members were in helping the Adaptive Athletes getting through the course and, seeing what they silently did for me and my pup, I knew I wanted to strive to earn my spot along side of them.


Q: Motto or principle you live by.
A: Try everything once; twice if you like it. 

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a MAT?

A: Know your why, and why you’re doing it.


Q: What would you like people to know about OEW?

A: You need to find your WHY first. If you just want a helmet and mask or are looking to use the mask to make events harder, MAT isn't for you. Find your WHY and you'll find your purpose in being MAT.


Q: What is your favorite event and why?

A: My favorite event is the Spartan AGOGE. It's a 60 + hour endurance events that pushes you to the limit, and then way beyond it. What I enjoyed most about it was that our OEW team of 4 grew closer as the hours grew longer. It's not your typical event and the MAT relied on the AA's just as must as we relied on them, which made for a great team dynamic. 


Q: How do you stay in shape for the demands of the MAT?

A: Having a 3 year old son to chase around keeps me on my feet and ready for anything demanded of my as MAT! But more than physical shape, I keep my head clear and strong. I'm not the MAT in the best shape. I don't run the fastest and cannot do the most pull ups, but; I'll never quit because I won't let my head allow me to.


Check out our OEW Spotify channel! Team Athletes will share their own playlists of music that gets them pumped for action or helps them chill during their workday. Follow our channel and receive updates whenever new playlists are posted!


Don't have Spotify? Click here to download now and enjoy FREE music on your mobile device or desktop.


About INDOC: The application process to apply for the Masked Athlete Team, Warrior INDOC, is now an open enrollment. Pre-requisite is to have military or LEO experience with honorable discharge. E-mail: indoc@enduringwarrior.org for submission details.


Q: What does your call sign mean to you?

A: All through INDOC we were told that the family members of our Honorees are trusting us to make sure there loved one returns safely. As we depart on an adventure with their loved ones, one of the last things they’ll see is the word TRUSTWORTHY, and they will know they can trust me and my team that we will return their loved one safely. 


Q: What branch of the military or LEO did you serve in (or are currently serving in), for how long, and what was your job?

A: I am currently a police officer in the state of New York. I’ve been with my current department in the patrol division for 6.5 years. I have 11 years total in law enforcement. 



Q: Why did you commit to the Masked Athlete program?

A: With the addition of the Task Force Sentinel program I wanted to be able to reach out and help our wounded law enforcement veterans. Being from New York, with New York City being within driving distance, and the amount of line of duty injuries they have, I want to develop a contact within that department to try and help the injured officers. Also, there are 3 police academies within the Capital Region of New York. I’ve been trying to get a contact with in those academies to try and do outreach and spread the word about OEW.


Q: Motto or principle you live by.
A: When times are tough, reach down, dig deep, and push forward. Find your why!

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a MAT?

A: Know your why, and why you’re doing it.


Q: What would you like people to know about OEW?

A: With the Task Force Sentinel program still in its infancy, I would like to be able to spread the word about it more, and let all of my law enforcement brothers and sisters and know that we are here to help. You don’t have to be too proud to reach out and ask for help. 




Q: What is your favorite event and why?

A: While the Red Bull 400 will always hold a special place in my heart, I have to say my favorite event was the Police Week memorial walk. We walked 1 mile for every law enforcement officer that was killed in the line of duty. There are names on the wall in Washington DC of people I went to high school with and of a member of my department. The police memorial is something that’s special to me.


Check out our OEW Spotify channel! Each Call Sign will share their own playlists of music that gets them pumped for action or helps them chill during their workday. Follow our channel and receive updates whenever new playlists are posted!


Listen to Trustworthy's playlist here.


Don't have Spotify? Click here to download now and enjoy FREE music on your mobile device or desktop.


About INDOC: The application process to apply for the Masked Athlete Team, Warrior INDOC, is now an open enrollment. Pre-requisite is to have military or LEO experience with honorable discharge. E-mail: indoc@enduringwarrior.org for submission details.


Q: What drew you to volunteer for OEW?

A: I was burned out with my current volunteer activities and needed a change. I was looking for something that I was soon to find out I did not know I needed as much as they needed me. I found OEW online, saw the team in action and read everything about them and the mission I could find. It really hit me hard. They were making a difference and building connections, filling a gap that I had just blocked out. After leaving the Marines I was unplugged from a group of like-minded driven individuals that had a mission. I saw a group of brothers and sisters waiting for me to join a mission. I have not stopped spreading the word about our mission and trying to connect veterans ever since.

Q: Do you have a military or LEO connection? If so, what is it?

A: Yes. The Haines family overall has a long history of military service in all four branches dating back officially to the Union Army and unofficially to the Revolutionary war. Most recently I was the second of three generation of Marines. (We are the crazy branch of the family tree) My Dad was a Marine in 'Nam, I was in Shield/Storm and my oldest recently left active duty. I have 2 brothers-in law that have 20 years each in law enforcement.

Q: What is your most unforgettable OEW-related memory?

A: Honestly, every time I am with the team is unforgettable in some way. However, the very first time with the team and 2 honorees in Temecula, CA will always be my personal favorite. I could see the change, the difference we were making right before my eyes. And it wasn't just for them, it also affected and still impacts me each time we are with honorees and each other. The camaraderie, the change, the bonds. It is forever seared in my soul.


Q: In what ways do you enjoy contributing to the mission on a daily basis?

A: Any way I can, and there are several ways. Sharing the mission and story through social media or talking. I love to talk, so talking to anyone that will listen about OEW is really easy for me. Fundraising/outreach activities in the community are also rewarding. Interacting, connecting with and helping people understand how they can also help make a difference while also making a difference with veterans and LEOs is very rewarding.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about being involved in OEW?

A: My reward is helping, giving back, ensuring that not one person is forgotten, connected and as I say - "plugged into a community of like-minded people"



Q: Motto or principle you live by.

A: Since 1988 -- Honor, Courage, Commitment

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone who is interested in becoming a volunteer?
A: Don't wait! Join, jump right in. If you aren't sure - hit me up. I will be happy to help guide you.

Q: What would you like people to know about OEW?

A: Some organizations miss the mark on their intentions. Not OEW, no matter what, it is about helping veterans and LEOs. Also, you are not going to find many organizations where they mean it when they want you to hit the ground running. Do not be afraid to help coordinate a fundraiser or outreach event, someone will be there to help.


Q: What is your daily contribution to OEW operations?

A: Outreach, fundraising, creating as much visibility online or by personally engaging people. I love hosting and helping with outreach events and have held some personal physical challenges for donations. I have done tire flips for money and the latest was personally pulling a 5300 lb truck. I am currently thinking about what I could do next. Ultimately, I find myself asking, what needs to be done.


Q: Do you physically participate in OEW events and, if so, how do you stay in shape for them?

A: I do whenever I can with the team and also represent OEW with others at smaller events or on my own during personal fundraising challenges. Events are demanding and you have to be prepared to help in any way possible. With the personal challenges, well I just train to be sure I don't get hurt. I do a variety of workouts, from HIIT, Functional Patterns, Rucking, Swimming, anything that will help me improve and be prepared.


Q: If OEW had unlimited funds, what would you like to see added to or happen within the organization?

A: I would like to see the right people have unlimited funds to first have the time needed for full commitment to live and breath the mission, allowing them to do the work, providing development and proper execution of programs and facilities needed to reach every veteran and LEO.


Q: Favorite book or podcast.

A: Anything by Stephen King, Edgar Rice Burroughs

Pod casts - Order of Man, Mind Pump (fitness)


Check out our OEW Spotify channel! Each team member will share their own playlist of music that gets them pumped for action or helps them chill during their workday. Follow our channel and receive updates whenever new playlists are posted! Don't have Spotify? Click here to download now and enjoy FREE music on your device/desktop.


Follow Dale's playlist here.


About Volunteering: Check out our information page here and learn how to become an OEW Community Ambassador (OCA). You can support our honorees and organization from your local community. We want YOU to become a part of our family!

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