The American Baton

American and UK forces, as with other allied forces, have fought side by side in the name of freedom for over 100 years, The Medical Emergency Response Team stretcher from Afghanistan, that the Batons were made from, would have carried Australian forces as well as other allied nations in action there often in a race for life.
The Baton is there to stand by our valued American allies and their families promoting the issues of armed forces life that are essential to ensure the due support owed them by right.
Together we will endeavour to make a difference in maintaining awareness for those who protect our freedoms.


The American Baton Custodian

Josh Ploetz is former USMC and lives in Minnesota, he became involved with the Baton in 2013 and will always be remembered for his incredible effort ‘Paddle Off The War early in 2014 when he canoed the length of the Mississippi carrying the American Baton, his objective was to highlight the plight of his comrades battling PTSD as he does. This he did very successfully, capturing the hearts of thousands along the river, drawing attention from major media organisations in the US and Europe.

American Baton News

The USA Baton at the Pentagon November 2014

Another truly memorable photo for the Baton from the Pentagon U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) The US Baton at the Pentagon with Secretary Jessica L. Garfola Wright November 2014 To see the US Baton in such distinguished hands is indeed an honour, Secretary Wright is...

The Marine Corps Marathon October 2014

Starting adjacent to the very thought provoking Arlington Cemetary Alan ran with Stuart Taylor, Director Washington DC & Metro Area Allied Forces Foundation, Josh Ploetz American Baton Custodian and very special lady Amie Kalsbeek who has humility and strength one...

True inspiration on the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon

Many people have been and are still inspiring on the Baton’s journey, none less than Jax Owns who in turn found holding the American Baton powerful enough to finish a marathon, something she had never attempted before since becoming an amputee - a truly humbling...

The American Baton starts its journey October 2013

  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...

The American Baton News

The price of freedom… The Freedom Wall Washington DC. The banner photo is most apt being the ‘Freedom Wall’ WW2 Memorial Washington DC. The Baton’s purpose is to carry a Message of Conscience for those who protect our freedoms and their families, reminding society to...

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