President, Board of Directors
Retired Army Captain Dawn Halfaker is a combat-wounded veteran
of the war in Iraq. Eager to help her fellow service members, she is a member of many veterans service organizations and serves on various advisory committees to stay active in veterans affairs. Ms. Halfaker joined the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) board of directors in 2007 and was very quickly elevated to the position of vice president by her fellow board members. She served in this position until 2011 when she was elected to the position of president.
In 2006, Ms. Halfaker founded Halfaker and Associates, LLC and serves as chief executive officer. Founded in response to the radically changing business environment brought on by the growing need for dynamic consultants, her Halfaker and Associates offers specialized experience to provide national security services to the Federal government. Ms. Halfaker has extensive management experience as a military police officer in the U.S. Army. Throughout her military career, Ms. Halfaker earned respect as a dynamic leader of men and women in combat, peacekeeping, and training in the United States, South Korea, Kuwait, and Iraq. Motivated by challenging projects of increasing responsibility, Dawn served in several leadership positions and deployed with the 3rd Infantry Division where she commanded a military police platoon in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was subsequently wounded during a combat patrol near Baghdad in 2004, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for her service.
In addition to her military service, Ms. Halfaker worked in Congress serving as a military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee where she advised the committee chair on key Department of Defense legislation and issues. In 2005, she worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), specializing in technical consulting for the Defense Sciences Office. Her mission included initiating research to provide advanced capabilities to the military and enhance warfighter capabilities.
From her first contact with Wounded Warrior Project, Ms. Halfaker has been one of its most ardent champions. “Wounded Warrior Project brings a lot of support to the table,” she said. “They really inspire our wounded war fighters, motivating people to reach new goals. The people at WWP help you figure things out when your whole life has suddenly changed and you’re dealing with your losses.”
In addition to her work with WWP, Ms. Halfaker served on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Committee for OIF/OEF soldiers and families which focused on improving VA policies and care for veterans who were severely injured in combat and is actively serving on the Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee for Veterans Employer Training and Employer Outreach and the Department of Veteran Affairs Readjustment Committee. Dawn also participates as a member of the Advisory Board for Humana Military Health Systems, ThanksUSA and Paradox Sports.