NGA Director Letitia A. Long signs the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby in support of the Wounded Warrior Family Support program. Photo by Kevin Clark, NGA Office of Corporate Communications.
A red, white and blue 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby came to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Springfield, Virginia campus July 7 as part of the Wounded Warrior Family Support program’s “High Five Tour.”
The High Five Tour is a 48-state road trip covering over 60 cities and 270,000 miles to show appreciation for our country’s military to raise funds to build two “smart homes” a year and provide vacation retreats for deserving wounded soldiers and their families.
The car is donated by Ford, said Ken Foley, NGA employee with the agency's U.S. Strategic Command support team and High Five tour volunteer driver. Visitors can sign their name or write well-wishes to the wounded and large donors can add stickers or logos to the vinyl-covered muscle car.
“The High Five Tour is a unique way for WWFS to raise awareness of issues that face the families of our wounded veterans. While the Wounded Warrior program supports the soldier, WWFS raises money for the families who often suffer financially and psychologically,” said Foley, who will drive up to New Jersey and end in Illinois where another volunteer will pick up the next leg of the journey.
This is the fifth year of the High Five Tour. The car will be auctioned off at the end of this month and pooled with money raised on the road to support smart home construction and respite and retreat efforts for families of wounded service members.
Director Letitia A. Long, Deputy Director Michael Rodrigue, Chief Operating Officer Ellen McCarthy, Military Deputy General Mark Quantock and NGA Wounded Warrior Program Director Joycelyn Williams braved the sweltering heat to sign the vehicle and spoke with Foley about the car and his adventures on the road for the cause.
For more information on the High Five Tour, visit http://www.highfivetour.com.