clay-as-pilotOperation Carpenter was founded in 2014 to honor Major Clayton O. Carpenter of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment who died while flying his Blackhawk helicopter on a training mission near Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia.  What started as friends across the country running to remember their loved one, became a unified effort to honor the fallen, support military members in need and provide educational scholarships to Lakeland High School graduating seniors, Clayton’s alma mater.

In 2016, Operation Carpenter created a partnership with the Night Stalker Association to honor all Fallen Night Stalkers and include their families in the nation-wide movement.  Grieving is an endless journey.  It is our goal to create positive opportunities for families to connect in their journey, and for the fallen to continue supporting those who answered the call and stay the course.  Funding raised through donations and Operation Carpenter initiatives will go toward “filling the gaps” for Night Stalker families in need.