by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
10/9/2015 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Master
Sgt. Troy Drasher, 2nd Space Warning Squadron first sergeant, has been
on a journey for the past three weeks, running from Aurora, Colorado, to
Abilene, Texas, in order to raise awareness and donations for wounded
Operation 720 is what Drasher has titled his run because the distance between Aurora and Abilene is 720 miles.
Drasher departed on Sept. 15 and has had to run nearly a marathon every
day in order to reach his goal of finishing Oct. 14 in Abilene. As of
Oct 9, Drasher has completed 605 miles of the 720 mile trek to Abilene.
He begins the day before 4:00 a.m. in order to get as many miles in
before it gets hot. He says that the mornings are very tranquil and
allow him to reflect upon those who have helped him and those who have
sacrificed for our country. The scale of support he has received from
people along his journey has been something Drasher did not anticipate.
"What I've seen going through all of these small towns is the support
that these people have for our military men and women and it's
unbelievable," Drasher said. "I haven't seen a single negative the
entire time. People stop what they're doing to come out and line the
street to clap and cheer. They really rally behind the cause. It is much
deeper than I ever thought it would be."
Drasher has been escorted through towns by local fire and police
departments, has been joined by high school sports teams and has had
people come up to him along his journey to show support and thank him
for raising awareness for military members in need.
Drasher has just over hundred miles left in order to complete his goal and is on track to reach Abilene within 30 days.
"It has been a great journey and real adventurous," Drasher said. "It's been a really amazing experience."