The American Baton started its journey in 2013 to promote more understanding of US forces and families issues when Alan joined the Allied Forces Foundation Marine Corps Marathon team, running with the now AFF President and Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Taylor. The AFF hosted many nationalities including the UK’s service personnel some of them showing the physical and mental effects of battle, the hospitality was exceptional with visits to the Pentagon and Senate as well as others arranged

Alan ran with a waist pack with Baton Messages for them to hand out to the crowds explaining the Baton from a stretcher that would of carried American forces at the same asking them to remember their forces and families

The photos show Alan with Stephen Caine the AFF founder, Stuart, Mike Audette a staunch member of the AFF in his wheelchair inside the Senate with a UK forces Officer and Alan there and several of the UK participants, Triple amputee Andy Reid, Double Amputee Luke Sinnott and the ‘Flying Nightingale’ medical team.