The Saber Six Foundation’s Fallen Hero Honor Ride

The Saber Six Foundation helps good people achieve their dreams.

Mission: The Saber Six Foundation honors the memory of the six paratroopers from Chris’s unit who were killed in action in Afghanistan by 1) helping our unit’s veterans, families, and descendants achieve their dreams, and 2) supporting a Rotary Club of Milwaukee scholarship endowment for disadvantaged youth who aspire to public service.

The Fallen Hero Honor Ride starts in Spalding, Nebraska, on September 25, 2022, and finishes at Arlington National Cemetery on October 21, 2022.

  • Pfc Chris Pfeifer – Spalding, Nebraska, September 25, 2007
  • Sgt Adrian Hike – Carroll, Iowa, November 12, 2007
  • Spc Jacob Lowell – Elwood, Illinois, June 2, 2007
  • SSgt Ryan Fritsche – Hall, Indiana, July 27, 2007
  • Capt. Dave Boris – Minersville, Pennsylvania, November 12, 2007
  • Maj. Tom Bostick – Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, July 27, 2007

Why the Fallen Hero Ride?
The Fallen Hero Ride is a 1700-mile bicycle Benefit Ride to visit the graves of our fallen paratroopers who were killed in action in Afghanistan. We will raise funds to honor the memories of the six we lost and the dozens wounded and help our veterans, families, and descendants achieve their dreams. Our goal is to raise $400,000 so that the support lasts in perpetuity.

Who is Saber Six?

Saber Six has a dual meaning. First, it stands for the six paratroopers from Chris Kolenda’s unit (1-91 CAV, 173rd Airborne, [also known as Task Force SABER]) who were killed in action during our 15-month Afghanistan deployment in 2007-8. Saber Six was also Chris’s call sign in Afghanistan. TF SABER became the only unit in the history of the war to have motivated a large insurgent group to stop fighting and switch sides.

What happened in Afghanistan?

We did a lot of hard fighting and achieved unprecedented success (see Jake Tapper’s book, The Outpost). Six of our paratroopers were killed in action and dozens wounded. Every one of the unit’s 800 paratroopers has been affected deeply by the war. They served and sacrificed so that Americans could pursue their dreams in peace and safety.