Association United States Army (AUSA) Conference

Association United States Army (AUSA) Conference

Allied Forces Foundation will be represented at AUSA this year at Booth 7965. Will be attending the Military Family Forums. Link below

Please come along to meet the team and learn about our programs for 2020.

We are looking for warriors to support our events and take part in the challenges:

ABF Cateran Yomp 2020 – Perth Scotland – 54 miles in 24hrs

AFF Appalachain Yomp 2020 – Harpers Ferry to Gettysburg – 59 miles in 24hrs


1000 miles Mission Complete – Justin Rowe

1000 miles Mission Complete – Justin Rowe

Justin Rowe finished the run on Saturday 14th September at the USMC Memorial, Arlington Virginia.
It was humbling experience finishing at such an iconic memorial with my family, USMC Guard of Honor from Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ), Arlington Police, Fire, USMC Commander MCBQ, and Royal Marine Commando senior officers to meet me at the finish.
The memory will stay with me forever, especially running the last 10 miles with a good friend and CEO of Allied Forces Foundation, Stuart Taylor.
Justin completed the run in 44 days running a distance of 990.44 miles pulling a trailer (Burley Nomad) weighing 35 kgs / 77Ibs, averaging 22.5 miles a day. Every day I was getting mentally and physically stronger, he could have run another 1.000 miles but I had to return home back with my family.
He has raised $8.000 for the foundation so far, this will help the volunteers carry out their important work of supporting injured allied veterans side by side to take part in physical challenges such as the USMC Marathon, the Cateran Yomp in the highlands of Scotland and supporting veterans with PTS.
Finally, Justin would like to thank the sponsors Providence UK and Burley USA, he wishes you all the health, happiness and success for the future hopefully our paths will cross again in the not too distant future.
Video of Justin Speaking to WUSA news:
1000 Mile Run for AFF

1000 Mile Run for AFF

Justin Rowe is on his way and started the 1000 miles run pulling his equipment and supplies in a trailer.

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Justin Rowe to Run 1000 Miles to Raise Funds and Awareness for Allied Forces Foundation

Justin Rowe to Run 1000 Miles to Raise Funds and Awareness for Allied Forces Foundation

After running to the 215 fire houses in the 5 boroughs of NYC 367 miles in 7 days during 2013, in memory of 343 FDNY firefighters and First Responders that sadly lost their lives during 9/11. I received fantastic support from the public, military veterans & FDNY.

I decided that I would return to the USA for one more fundraising run, so I decided to run a section of the east coast that would be achievable and more importantly safe following the designated Atlantic Coast Cycle Route.

Having witnessed the work Stuart Taylor and the team from AFF carry out to support injured military veterans on both sides of the Atlantic and promoting sport/marathons and Yomps I quickly came to the decision that I would raise money and spread the message of the great work the foundation carry out.

As an ex soldier and serving 21 yrs as a firefighter/watch manager I get great enjoyment from helping people and I enjoy running so I combine both together but I try to to plan & execute endurance runs with a difference to gain maximum publicity and funds for the foundation or charity I am supporting.

During the 2019 US east coast run/route I am going to be kindly hosted with rest & lodgings by various fire depts, I also intend to spread the message of mental health issues within the emergency services. And to be honest I have suffered with PTSD attending traumatic incidents during my service with North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, so I run and I find it great therapy.

I have known Stuart since 1990 whist serving with 59 Commando RE, during 2009 one of my early fundraising runs Stuart kindly provided me with logistical support whilst running from the Cenotaph, London to York 412 miles in 12 days, raising money for Help for Heroes Charity. To that end I said to myself I would one day raise money for Stuarts foundation.

During 2016 I was awarded the BEM British Empire Medal, by HM Queen Elizabeth for services to charity, probably the proudest day. It will be an honour to support Allied Forces Foundation and raise funds and awareness of the fantastic work you carry out supporting injured veterans and their careers.

A big thank you to my sponsors Providence UK and Burley USA for their continual support.

Donations are being accepted at:

thebigword Set to Raise Funds for AFF Through Skydiving Event

thebigword Set to Raise Funds for AFF Through Skydiving Event

thebigword skydive team, led by Director and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Michele Gould, will be travelling to Yorkshire’s East Coast on Sunday, September 2, 2018 to skydive in support of the Allied Forces Foundation.

thebigword is a company that provides language services for the public and private sectors since 1980, and is a global provider of translation and interpreting in over 250 languages.

If you would like more information on thebigword,  visit their website.

If you would like to donate to their fundraising efforts, visit FirstGiving

Extreme Hike in Scottish Highlands Helps Local Wounded Warriors

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Billed as “the toughest event of its kind,” the Cateran Yomp allows participants, arranged in teams of three to six people, to choose to walk 22, 36 or 54 miles in 24 hours.

NICEVILLE — Up against a 24-hour deadline, hiking dozens of miles across the Scottish Highlands would be a challenge for anyone.

But for Andrew McCabe and Jason Morgan and people like them, the challenge is magnified.

McCabe, a Navy man, and Morgan, a Marine, are instructors at the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin Air Force Base. Both EOD technicians are wounded warriors dealing with physical problems including traumatic brain injury and back injuries, and medical retirement is drawing near for each of them.

Last year, through the Allied Forces Foundation — an organization that raises money for British and American military personnel and their families affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — Morgan heard of something called the Cateran Yomp. He enjoyed it so much he invited McCabe to try it with him this year.

“It’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to,” McCabe said.

Yomp is British military slang for a long-distance march with a loaded pack. Billed as “the toughest event of its kind,” the Cateran Yomp allows participants, arranged in teams of three to six people, to choose to walk 22, 36 or 54 miles in 24 hours. Participants, despite all having some medical challenge, carry about 25 pounds of gear, including water, food and extra clothing. This year’s Cateran Yomp was held June 8-9 in Perthshire, Scotland.

Soldiers and veterans from the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Georgia and Ukraine participated in this year’s Cateran Yomp.

“The whole push is having nations side by side,” McCabe said.

The yomp comes with terrain challenges, as participants cross boggy areas and fields and cope with a 4,500-foot elevation change. And there are also goats roaming the countryside — “attack goats,” Morgan jokingly called them — who will aggressively approach hikers.

And while it is a challenge for those wounded warriors, the Cateran Yomp offers substantial rewards, according to Morgan.

“It heals you not only physically, but also mentally, by showing guys (and women, too, Morgan noted) that they can be successful no matter what they’re going through,” he said.

“It’s difficult,” Morgan added, “but then you see guys who are amputees (participating in the event).”

Morgan, in his second year at the Cateran Yomp, covered the entire 54-mile distance, just as he did last year.

McCabe covered 36 miles before his Achilles tendon, damaged by shrapnel, swelled up to the point that he couldn’t continue.

“Fifty-four miles in 24 hours?,” McCabe recalls thinking immediately after Morgan suggested that he participate. “I wasn’t too keen on it right off the bat,” he admitted, but with the support of his wife and children, he decided to give it a try.

“It was definitely a good experience,” he said.

Already in decent shape, neither McCabe nor Morgan did much extra training for the yomp. Morgan visited the Workout Anytime gym in Niceville and did some walking.

“We knocked out a few hikes,” McCabe said. “I should have done some more.”

McCabe is already planning his training regimen for next year’s Cateran Yomp, and says he’ll likely spend lots of time hiking across the dry sand at area beaches.

McCabe and Morgan participated with support from the EOD Warrior Foundation and several local businesses. Both men have become enthusiastic supporters of the yomp, and are actively recruiting fellow wounded warriors who they believe would gain confidence through training and participating in the event.

“I’ve already reached out to four guys,” McCabe said.

The event is staged by The Soldier’s Charity, the national charity for the British army. In recent years the Allied Forces Foundation has become a major part of the yomp, and wounded warriors such as McCabe and Morgan are an integral part of the event.

The Allied Forces Foundation is taking notice of the Cateran Yomp, according to Morgan. Sometime this year, the organization will try its own yomp on a 60-mile section of the Appalachian Trail.

The Cateran Yomp provided opportunities for wounded warriors to talk with each other about the challenges they face and to think about other soldiers who have died or whose physical challenges won’t let them participate.

“You’re physically just drained,” McCabe said, “and you’re meeting people, you’re talking … .”

“I got teary-eyed at the end,” Morgan said, as he thought about fallen soldiers who weren’t around to participate. “I’ll unabashedly say I got emotional.”



AFF – Bridging the Gap for Service Members

The Allied Forces Foundation; Bridging The Gap for Service Members

Figure 1: U.S. and U.K. Service members participating in the grueling Cateran Yomp, Perth Scotland.

December 22, 2010, July 12, 2011, March 29th, 2012.  Ambiguous dates too many, but for some, these are days that have forever altered lives.  There are a vast number of dates that have permanently transformed our service members.

many of our service men and women who have fought bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan, bare the scares of these conflicts, the types of injuries sustained and the effects they have had on the service members, some clear and noticeable, while other wounds are inconspicuous and subtle, are long-lasting. The damage has not only changed their lives, these injuries have significantly impacted families and communities.

Many injured service members leave active duty with a numbness, a sense of defeat, a promising career cut short on an ill-fated day thousands of miles from home.  These men and women have a challenging time acclimating to civilian life, with the additional complications of what could seem like never-ending medical treatment.  In some circumstances depression sets in, anger, a feeling of abandonment and a longing for the camaraderie that was abruptly cut short.

While a permanent overarching ‘remedy” may never be able to accommodate each individuals particular medical requirements, one noteworthy organization is offering a unique opportunity for our service men and women to reconnect, challenge one’s self and experience a fragment of the world that otherwise they would not encounter.

The Allied Forces Foundation (AFF), is a British-American foundation that was established to recognize and further the uniquely close connection between the United States and the United Kingdom.  The AFF works to raise awareness and funding for allied wounded and their families affected by the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each year the AFF selects a group of roughly seventy service members of all ranks, both active and retired, for a seven day trip to Scotland hosted by our British allies.  Though their experiences vary, all are equal, side by side.


This year’s excursion included a visit to some of Scotland’s most treasured landmarks; Edinburgh Castle, the Black Watch Museum, the Wallace Monument, but the culminating event was the participation in the Cateran Yomp.  A yomp is Royal Marine slang describing a long-distance march carrying full gear.

The Yomp takes place each year in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, where individuals participate in the bronze medal stage, 22 grueling Scottish miles, or participants can continue on through to the silver medal stage at 36 miles.

If up to the test, competitors can push on in teams of 3-6 people clashing through to 54 miles in some of the most punishing but awe inspiring terrain imaginable, all within 24 hours.  This year was the first year in the history of the Cateran Yomp that a number of single leg amputees made it all the way through to gold and all of them were from the AFF team!  The AFF also acknowledged our comrades from other nations as well, partners within this alliance who have battled and sacrificed courageously throughout these conflicts.  Countries like Denmark, and the Republic of Georgia all experiencing the trials of the Yomp.

As our service men and women celebrated their personal goals and milestones, British, American, Danes and Georgians, side by side, mutually experienced as we have before, a life changing event.

The concluding occasion was a formal military dinner provided by our British hosts with the following day’s event, an entertaining and lighthearted Highland games at Loch Tay in the central highlands of Scotland.

The final day is bittersweet as we prepare for our flight back to the states.  Addresses and numbers are exchanged with the promise of keeping in touch, some members of the group will, but most go back home and with the passing of time, are consumed with life, its adversities and its triumphs.  Though not an overarching “remedy”, the trip to Scotland provoked something different in each of us, eliciting a determination, resolve, brotherhood and the possibility to come to terms with the injuries sustained in combat.  This is not the last venture, as there are many opportunities to volunteer and spread the word regarding the positive impact the AFF is making on our veterans.  The team that participated in the Scotland trip is encouraged to reconvene 24-30 October 2018, when the AFF hosts our British Allies as they tour Washington D.C. and participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon.

The AFF goes to great lengths to ensure these events are executed flawlessly.  Every year, the AFF continues to enhance its many programs in support of our veterans and allies abroad.  With your help this event can be even more successful.  I encourage you to contact the Allied Forces Foundation, recommend someone you may know who would benefit from such a profound experience, make a donation that will enable a service member to participate in this opportunity to reconnect, re-engage in a challenging but rewarding event, side by side.