Saturday Spotlight – Dan Brostek
Chapter: Team RWB National, Bend Oregon
Member Since: Since they had white shirts that said .com
Motto: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” – T.S. Eliot”
Why Did You Join Team RWB?
“I joined Team RWB when it was first founded by Mike Erwin because I wanted to be a part of a team again. My first event with the “Team” was the JFK 50-miler in 2010 and it was an epic sufferfest that involved a collection of veterans, civilians, elite athletes and mid-packers… all rocking the early white Team RWB (.com) shirts. After that experience I knew I found my tribe and I tried to stay as engaged as possible as the organization continued to scale. Fast forward to 2015 and my family and I decided to make some pretty significant life changes, one of which included joining Team RWB as a staff member. It’s a privilege to be able to serve America’s veterans on a daily basis and work with amazing volunteer leaders, partners and supporters across this great nation.”
What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?
“This is a super hard one to answer because I’ve had many amazing experiences as a member of Team RWB. I would say my top experience would be my first time out on the Old Glory Relay trail in 2015. I had only been a staff member for a couple of months and I found myself running and supporting teams across most of the state of Colorado…from Telluride to Colorado Springs. Not only was the scenery epic, but I met amazing people and created memories that will last a lifetime. I still can’t stop laughing when I think about the team of Rangers I was with for the first few days. A close second was being able to get my silver buckle at the Western States 100 while rocking the Eagle and being supported by a bunch of Team RWB members. The energy that day was unbelievable.”
How do you serve your community?
“As we say at Team RWB, we are a community of communities. Approximately 200 Chapters in communities across the country make up the larger Eagle Nation community. As the Chief Digital Officer for Team RWB, I spend the vast majority of my time serving the Eagle Nation community. My focus is on sharing the amazing stories of our members, and supporting our Eagle leaders and fellow staff members by creating more visibility around this organization and the impact we are having on veterans each day.”
What Inspires You?
“I’m really inspired by people who are able to face and overcome adversity, whether it’s self-imposed or some trial or tribulation that is imposed upon them. I’ve watched people push their bodies and minds during crazy endurance events… continuing to move forward even though every part of their being was telling them to stop. I’ve been witness to individuals battling and overcoming addiction when all of the odds are against them. And like most people, I’ve seen individuals fighting horrible diseases and terminal illnesses with strength, hope, and humility. These are the type of people that inspire me.”
How has Team RWB impacted your life?
“Simply stated, Team RWB has become my life. After I left the Army, I spent 15 years working in various jobs/roles in Corporate America. During that time, I was able to work with some brilliant people on a variety of different projects and initiatives, but I always felt like something was missing. More importantly, I left the service in May of 2001, just a few months before the world fundamentally changed from 9/11. As I was settling into a new civilian lifestyle with my wife, I was watching some of my classmates, buddies, and soldiers deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. I always felt guilty about that. I wanted a connection back to that environment and the people I served with. I wanted to be doing something meaningful. Becoming a member of Team RWB gave me an opportunity to do both.”
What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?
“Stop thinking… start doing. It only takes two minutes to sign up, it’s free, and it could change your life. I’ve had so many unique experiences over the last seven years through my connection with Team RWB that I couldn’t imagine not being a part of this organization.”