An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission; and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.
This life continues to grow through the support of people who wish to show their appreciation and thanks to our veterans.

Operation Beachhead

An idea became a vision; a vision became a mission;
and a mission brought Operation Beachhead to life.

Oscar Mike Weekend

Operation Beachhead welcomed Team Oscar Mike to the Jersey Shore this weekend. It’s always exciting and an honor when this team comes to visit.  Noah Currier is the founder of Oscar Mike Apparel and Foundation. As stated on the Oscar Mike website, We utilize the proceeds from Oscar Mike Apparel sales and 100% of any donations to the Oscar Mike Foundation to provide financial support to injured Veterans looking for an opportunity to stay active.”

The weekend started off with a barbecue held at and sponsored by the Atlantic Club in Manasquan NJ. This year the weather did not cooperate with Operation Beachhead’s planned activities. Saturday of Oscar Mike weekend, usually brings the Operation Beachhead team and the Oscar Mike team together for a day of adaptive surfing and water sports. A threatening Nor’easter and the high presence rip currents kept everyone off the beach and out of the water. However, again the Atlantic Club in Manasquan offered their facility for the Oscar Mike team to enjoy the activities the club has to offer. The members were able to use the pool and all the other facilities at the club.  As the reader can tell, The Atlantic Club is a great friend to Operation Beachhead.

Saturday evening the residents of the Essex and Sussex Condominium Community, once again hosted a dinner dance for Oscar Mike and Operation Beachhead. During the cocktail hour, before the dinner,  residents and team members mingled for photos and conversation. During dinner Turnpike Mike entertained with upbeat and lively music that had everyone up on the floor dancing. As always dinner was delicious and the service attentive. After dinner, Alex Morocco, the father of Brendan Morrocco, gave a presentation updating everyone on Brendan. Brendan was the first  quadriplegic amputee from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Someone from Brendan family joins us each year at this dinner. Also at the Operation Beachhead received another large donation presented by John Horl of American Legion Post # 168.

We thank the members of the Essex and Sussex for always making us feel welcomed and a special thanks to Virginia Shutner for organizing this evening for us. We also thank several residents who gave up their suites to house members from Oscar Mike for the weekend. And to Mary Dougherty to hosting members at her home, as well.
While Sunday was a beautifully sunny day, the ocean was still unsettled and for safety precautions, Operation Beachhead knew we couldn’t handle our regular large crowd. So it was decided  that Operation Beachhead’s trained watermen/women, would limit the participation and give Team Oscar Mike the adaptive surfing experience they flew to New Jersey for.  

The weekend came to a close with a closing dinner sponsored by Reef n’ Barrel in Manasquan. While the weekend didn’t go as we had planned, everyone had a wonderful time and we are already looking forward to getting together again next year.