In 2004, 1LT Dawn Halfaker was on a routine 3-hour patrol to seek out enemy activity on a relatively quite night. After about two and a half hours their convoy drove right into an ambush.
Note: In Iraq, women who served as Military Police were in direct combat.
“I was in the first vehicle of the convoy, and one of the rocket-propelled grenades hit me and one of my squad leaders, severely injuring both of us. I was deafened from the sound, blinded by the flash, and incapacitated by the pain. I looked around, trying to assess the damage, but didn’t really look at myself. I remember getting back to the police station, being pulled out of the vehicle, lying on the ground and eventually getting loaded into a medevac helicopter. That was the last thing I remembered of my tour in Iraq.”
It is too easy for the media to forget the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.
Captain Dawn Halfaker was medically retired from the Army and went on succeed more than most as a civilians. After some time working from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and helping other wounded veterans she stated Halfaker and Associates, LLC. As the CEO of Halfaker and Associates she has ‘continued to serve’ as her company has been given various defense contracts. Halfaker and Associates is also a proud sponsor of the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games which is taking place June 19 – 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.