Fallen Hero Honor Ride

The Saber Six Foundation's Fallen Hero Honor Ride helps our heroes achieve their dreams.

What is the Fallen Hero Honor Ride?

The Fallen Hero Honor Ride is a 1700-mile bicycle journey to visit the graves of the six paratroopers from our unit who were killed in action in Afghanistan and raise funds for the Saber Six Foundation. The Ride starts in Spalding, Nebraska, on September 25, 2022, and finishes at Arlington National Cemetery on October 22, 2022.

Pfc Chris Pfeifer - Spalding, Nebraska, September 25, 2007
Sgt Adrian Hike - Carroll, Iowa, November 12, 2007
Spc Jacob Lowell - Elwood, Illinois, June 2, 2007
SSgt Ryan Fritsche - Hall, Indiana, July 27, 2007
Capt. Dave Boris - Minersville, Pennsylvania, November 12, 2007
Maj. Tom Bostick - Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, July 27, 2007

This short video will give you a good overview of the mission.

Who is Saber Six?

Saber Six has a dual meaning. First, it stands for the six paratroopers from Chris Kolenda's unit (1-91 CAV, 173rd Airborne, [also known as Task Force SABER]) who were killed in action during our 15-month Afghanistan deployment in 2007-8. Saber Six was also Chris's call sign in Afghanistan. TF SABER became the only unit in the history of the war to have motivated a large insurgent group to stop fighting and switch sides.

What happened in Afghanistan?

We fought hard and achieved unprecedented success (see Jake Tapper's book, The Outpost). Six of our paratroopers were killed in action and dozens wounded. Every one of the unit's 800 paratroopers has been affected deeply by the war. They served and sacrificed so Americans could pursue their dreams peacefully and safely.

Hear the inspiring stories of these six brave paratroopers in this video:

When and Where will the Ride take place?

Chris will begin the journey on September 25, 2022, from Spalding, Nebraska, and continue to each of the six graves ending in Arlington, Virginia, on October 22, 2022. You can follow Chris’ journey online here and on our Facebook page.

The stories of our Fallen Heroes are frozen in time. Their legacies, however, can live with your support and help us flatten the curve for The 800.

What is the Saber Six Foundation?

The Saber Six Foundation honors the memory of the six paratroopers from Chris’s unit who were killed in action in Afghanistan by 1) helping our unit’s veterans, families, and descendants achieve their dreams, and 2) supporting a Rotary Club of Milwaukee scholarship endowment for disadvantaged youth who aspire to public service.

The 800 paratroopers in our unit (The 800) are approaching the most dangerous periods of their lives. Their average age is between 35-45 years old, and they are entering the lowest point of happiness for most people, which bottoms out around age 47-48.

Over 7,000 American service members were killed in the post-9/11 wars. Over 30,000 have died by suicide -- that's four times higher than combat fatalities. Many others suffer substance abuse, broken relationships, depression, and other challenges.

It's not uncommon for veterans to point to their time at war as the happiest of their lives. They have a keen sense of belonging, common dangers, and the belief that the people around them have their backs. At ages 17 - 30, they are also at the top of the happiness curve.

Here's what happens: you leave the unit or the service and lose that belonging. You start to think that nobody gets me, nobody's got my back, nobody can help me. You feel alone in a crowded room. The problems begin here.

Some find new purpose and belonging -- their happiness curve is relatively flat. Many drift into mid-life crisis and struggle. Others go into free fall and are at high risk for the worst outcomes.

We want to flatten the curve for the 800 and their families. First, we want those struggling to get the support and guidance to bounce back stronger. We will assist those in free fall to get the care they need to lead healthy and happy lives. Finally, we want to help those thriving soar to new heights, and they'll inspire others.

Please consider making a gift in any amount that brings joy to you so that we can make sure their families and comrades are not left behind.

Our heroes were willing to die to protect our freedom and way of life. Their lives are worth living. Help our heroes build dreams to live for.

Ways to Be a Hero for our Heroes:

1. Join Chris for part (or all) of the ride (donate or raise $250 per day to join).

2. Sponsor Chris for $1 per mile ($1700) and get:

* A personalized Fallen Hero Honor Ride cycling jersey (see below),
* Personalized thank you video from Chris during the ride

3. Donate online here.

4. Send a check to The Saber Six Foundation, 2245 N Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53202.

5. Share this opportunity with your friends.

6. Designate the Chris Kolenda Saber Six Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity of choice.

Should I give?

Our paratroopers and their families deserve the opportunity to pursue their dreams. The VA and other organizations provide invaluable assistance to help our veterans survive and lead dignified lives. The Saber Six Foundation helps them and their families and descendants to thrive by providing support for their personal and professional growth.

Please consider making a gift in any amount that brings joy to you so that we can make sure their families and comrades are not left behind.

Thank you for being a Saber Six Foundation Supporter 

The Saber Six Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt public charity, EIN 87-2010682, please consider your employer matching donations with your gift.

Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)
Former Commander, 1-91 CAV, 173rd Airborne

Fund Officers:
Chris Doneski: Director
Joey Hutto: Director
David Roller: Board Legal Adviser
Nicole Kauss: Treasurer
Mary McCormick, Milwaukee Rotary Club Executive Director
Karen Seitz
Steven Church
Ted Kennedy
Theresa Glowicki
Nathan Springer
Karen Pfeifer
Dave Spencer
Larry Gonzales
Jay Pieri
Ian Folau
Geoff Dietrich
Larry Lunsford

Board of Advisors:
HON Jeh C. Johnson, former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
HON Michele A. Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense; CEO, Westexec

Financial Advisor:
Vicky Staudinger

Cycling Coach:
Chuck Kyle

Corporate Sponsors:
Wheel & Sprocket
Borah Teamwear
Specialized Bicycle
Admired Leadership

Corporate Donors:
Green Bay Packers

Thank you to our Individual Sponsors ($1/mile; $1700)
Christine Smith
Alan Weiss
Ralph J. Schindler, Jr.
Linda Hartz
Geoff Dietrich
Robert and Julie Mandell
Barb Kauss
Lori Tompos
Dan Kolenda
Kate Shortall & Blackstone, Inc.
Erik Kober
Billy Lovett
Joe Warnagiris
Jacob Tapper
Thomas Hendrix

Millenium ($1000 +)

Michele Flournoy
Karen Seitz

Going the Distance ($455 +):

Donald Baldovin
Masuda Sultan
Robert Hutt
Timothy Breitbach
Marie Weiss
Timothy Eller
Wayne Bunch
Mark Chappel
Laura and Paul Kohler
Michael Urbaitis

THE Airborne CAV ($191+)
Lester Munson
David Roberts
Paul Miles
Andrew Bochman
Stephan Chevalier
Teodora Sadek
Tiffany Tinsey
Victor Pedraza
Marlene & Tom Battelle
Scott Heal
Larry Alexander
Rodney Coleman
Dave Roller
Sandra De Raffele

Sky Soldiers ($173)
Chris Anthony

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Fundraising team (3)

The Chris Kolenda Saber Six Foundation EIN 87-2010682
Raised $17,345 from 113 donations
Milwaukee, WI
Christopher Kolenda
Team member
Raised $44,988 from 205 donations
Nicole Kauss
Team member
Raised $960 from 7 donations
This team raised $41,108 from 345 other donations.

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