OEW Masked Athlete Team (MAT)
The OEW Masked Athlete Team (MAT) are specially-trained volunteers who support our wounded veterans by challenging them with the physical and mental adversity of extreme athletic challenges. The MAT spends countless hours preparing and researching ways to successfully assist our wounded veterans negotiate these challenges. Past events have included obstacle course races, hand-cycling, 5k and 10k races, and half/full marathons.
The gas masks worn by the team are symbolic of the hardships our wounded veterans live with every day. While wearing the gas mask their airflow is restricted by approximately 25%. This added element of restriction serves to simulate the daily struggles of each wounded veteran they serve and as a reminder of overcoming insurmountable odds in the face of adversity. The MAT are composed of active-duty and prior service men and women. They each choose their call sign based upon leadership traits instilled in them while performing their military duties. Their commitment to each honoree is to embody this specific trait while performing their duties as a Masked Athlete.
MAT Call Signs
Sacrifice- Medically retired USMC veteran who served in Afghanistan with 1st Reconnaissance BN. Sacrifice was severely wounded during an IED blast in Helmand Province resulting in double hip disarticulation with a left transradial amputation.
Sacrifice- U.S. Army Guard Veteran. Infantryman with deployments to Bosnia, Iraq and combat wounded in Afghanistan.
Sacrifice– Served in the U.S. Army with the 1/25th SBCT as a Combat Engineer during one tour to Afghanistan. Sustained a serious traumatic injury to lower extremity resulting in a hip-disartic amputation.
Sacrifice– Retired Special Forces Communications Sergeant. Conducted multiple deployments to OEF, OIF, and Southcom. Above the knee and elbow amputee.
Sacrifice– U.S. Army Engineer 03-09. Two OIF deployments with 3rd ID and 36 ENG BDE. Medically retired, Texas-based Veteran’s Advocate
Sacrifice- Retired United States Army Soldier. Served as a Military Police Officer with deployments to Kuwait, Bosnia and Iraq before being severely wounded.
Candor– Active Duty U.S. Army Paratrooper with 20+ years of service.
Commitment- Served active duty Marine Corps from ’92-’96. Honor Guard at the Marine Barracks 8th & I Washington D.C. ’93-’95. Infantry Squad Leader at 2nd Battalion 5th Marines ’95-’96. Deployed to Okinawa, Korea & China with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit ’95-’96. End of active service June 1996.
Conviction– U.S Navy Veteran. Provided aircrew survival equipment support to F/A 18 Hornet aircraft.
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– Currently serving active duty as a Horizontal Construction Engineer. Served one deployment to Afghanistan.
Drive- Currently serving Navy Reserve “Mustang”. Previous deployment to Arabian Gulf as Commo for Expeditionary Security Squadron providing maritime security operations in support of OEF.
Endurance- A United States Marine Corps Veteran who served in the 2nd Marine Division (Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion) as a vehicle operator, and primary marksmanship instructor.
Fortitude- Served 6 years in the Army as an X-Ray/CT Technologist. 1-year in S. Korea with the 168th Med BN and the remainder at Womack Army Medical Center.
Grit- A United States Marine Corps Veteran who served in the 2nd MAR Division as a Machine Gunner in multiple deployments to OIF and as a Weapons instructor.
Guardian– Active Duty Navy “Mustang” with over 21 years of active service and counting. Four deployments to the Mediterranean/Middle East/Caribbean as a helicopter crewman/rescue swimmer and one deployment to Afghanistan as a Med-Surg/ER/Critical Care nurse.
Heart– Currently serving Army paratrooper with over 19 years in service. Deployed multiple times to the Balkans, South America, and Afghanistan.
Honesty– Currently serving active duty as a Military Police Officer. Served 2 deployments to Iraq and 1 to the Philippines.
Honor- Currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. Deployed 4 times as an Ammunition Specialist and Robot Repair Technician to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.
Humility– Currently serving Army National Guard Medical Specialist Corps Officer. Previously served as an Infantry Officer for over 12 years with multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Saudi Arabia.
Initiative- Navy Veteran. Served as both officer and enlisted in the Navy Nuclear Power field for multiple deployments during OEF and OIF.
Integrity- Retired Naval Officer. Served as a Naval Flight Officer in the EA-6B aircraft.
Intensity- Currently serving as an active duty Intel Analyst. Served in OEF for two rotations.
Justice- Marine Corps Veteran. Provided direct air support and CASEVAC/MEDEVAC coordination during 2 deployments to Iraq.
Motivation- Medically retired U.S. Army SFC who served 12 years, culminating as a U.S. Army Field Artillery Platoon Sergeant/Master Gunner. Served four combat tours of duty, three in Iraq, and one to Afghanistan.
Perseverance– Currently serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Deployed and supported both OEF and OIF on multiple deployments to Qatar, Kuwait, and Afghanistan in joint assignments.
Reciprocity- Currently serving as an active duty Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. Served in both OEF and OIF on multiple deployments.
Relentless- Retired Army senior noncommissioned officer. Deployed multiple times to OEF and other regions of the world throughout 20-year career.
Resiliency- Active duty currently serving in the U.S. Army as Horizontal Engineer, multiple deployments including OIF and OEF.
Service- Currently serving Air Force Investigator with six deployments to the Middle East, Africa and South America over 20+ years. Pentagon first responder on 9/11.
Solace- Active duty currently serving in the U.S. Army. Served as Special Forces Medical Sergeant during five deployments to Afghanistan.
Tact- Veteran of the United States Air Force. Served as an Air Transportation Journeyman during four deployments to Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Tenacity– Currently serving Army Reserve Civil Affairs officer with over 27 years of service (17+ enlisted, 10 commissioned). Mobilized four times, deployed to Iraq and Cuba as an MP.
Unbreakable– Currently serving with 1st Ranger BN as Engineer Breacher. Served in both OEF and OIF for total of seven deployments at current time.
Valor– Currently serving as an active duty Special Forces Communications Sergeant. Served in both OEF and OIF on multiple combat rotations.