Dawn Halfaker served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Army. She deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division where she commanded a military police platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, during a combat patrol near Baghdad, she was wounded, which resulted in the amputation of her right arm and right shoulder. She earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for her service.
She is now the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Halfaker and Associates, an award-winning professional services and technology solutions firm founded in 2006. Before starting Halfaker and Associates, Dawn consulted on several projects with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Defense Sciences Office. She also interned as a military liaison to the House Armed Services Committee where she advised the committee Chair on critical Department of Defense legislation and issues. Dawn actively supports numerous civic, cultural, and business organizations and is a staunch advocate for wounded Veterans.
Dawn also maintains an active lifestyle and trains regularly with a personal trainer. She noticed that her injury hinders her abdominal strength training. Dawn wants to be able to exercise her core more efficiently. She approached QL+ and requested an assistive device that would allow her to perform push-ups and support her as she does planks. QL+ student engineers from Virginia Tech and Cal Poly are designing and building a custom device to meet her needs.