Veteran, ORO Founder
Registered Maine Guide
On September 11, 2001, Private Daniel Waite was in boot camp at Fort Benning, Georgia. It was a day that would change the path of his military career. After boot camp, Private Waite was based in Hawaii with an Infantry Unit, 2-35 Cacti, that was gearing up for the Middle East. For the next three years, Waite readied up the best way he knew how - excelling at schools that would equip him for war. First, Ranger School, where he earned his Ranger Tab in July 2003. Next up Airborne School, earning him the elite title, Airborne Ranger. The next year was spent training for war, and in early 2004 Sgt. Waite deployed to Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Sgt. Waite worked with his team to track down enemy targets in the mountain villages and cities of Afghanistan, completing dozens of successful missions in their year-long deployment.
Upon returning from Afghanistan, Sgt. Waite was honorably discharged from Active Duty, entering the Individual Ready Reserve, or IRR. He went to college, started a family, and made his best go at civilian life. All along he missed the military, with its' sense of purpose and brotherhood. In November 2006, Sgt. Waite was recalled to Active Duty. It was a relief for him, as he felt he was his best self as a soldier. In January 2007, Sgt. Waite deployed to Iraq, along with 14 other IRR soldiers, attached to a National Guard unit out of Arkansas to complete convoy security. While in Iraq, combat injuries sent Sgt. Waite to a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, then to Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington, D.C. He spent his time there recovering from a TBI and PTSD and talking to other injured soldiers about hunting and fishing back in Maine. This is where the dream of Operation ReBoot Outdoors was born. Finally, 12 years after the dream began, Waite became a Registered Maine Guide and brought it to life in 2019 with the first official Missions getting underway.
William got his draft card (number 52) for the Vietnam war when he was 18 years old and a few weeks later they called off the draft. He joined the Navy at the age of 26 and served five years as a Hospital Corpsman (8404) with the USMC from 1980 to 1985. The U.S. never had any conflicts during that time and he finished out his five years at Camp Pendleton, California as an instructor at the USMC's NCO Leadership Academy for 1stMARDIV.
William has served veterans and active duty military members as a corpsman and LPN (licensed practical nurse) during his service and in several military hospitals and VA hospitals from 1980 to 1997. Helping his fellow military brothers and sisters has been a lifestyle since he first signed up and continues to be his honor to this day.
William was a Maine Master Guide for nearly 20 years and will now put that experience to work helping Veterans and LEOs with physical and psychological trauma to heal through the outdoor recreational therapy programs provided by Operation ReBoot Outdoors.
In September of 1980, Mitch joined the U.S. Coast Guard, as he always had the desire to be part of something bigger than himself and to help his fellow man. Throughout his career as a Boatswains Mate, he was able to do just that. Through his different and varied assignments, he learned to wear many hats, but the primary missions were search and rescue, maritime law, and port security. In 2004, Mitch retired from the USCG with a total combined 22 years active and reserve time.
Mitch has a love for the outdoors; he is an avid hunter, fisherman, and is always itching to get out on any one of his boats. He understands the healing powers that mother nature holds and that if someone is willing to explore these powers, she will help you heal. Another outdoor activity Mitch has enjoyed for roughly 25 years is gold prospecting. Yes sir, there's gold in the Maine hills and mountains. Mitch kicked off ORO Gold Prospecting Missions in 2022, and continues as the organization's Gold Prospecting Coordinator.
Robert (Bobby) Farnsworth joined the United States Army in 2005 as an Infantryman. After basic and initial training,Private Farnsworth was assigned to Aco 3-21 INF stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. The unit would be moved to Vilseck,Germany in May of 2006 and reflagged as 2/2 SCR. Bobby was assigned his duty as shooter on the company sniper team, he would excel in each position within the Sniper team through his almost 6 years with the company. In addition to sniper duties, Bobby would also assume roles as a Squad Designated Marksman and Fire Team Leader during a grueling 15 month deployment to Iraq in 2007. He would eventually go on to graduate from the United States Army Sniper School. In 2010 Bobby would learn his fate while on a training mission in Bulgaria, and that was being selected for Recruiter detail which would inevitably lead to him not making the Afghanistan deployment with the unit. Bobby was honorably discharged from the Army in March of 2013.
Bobby went on to work with other non-profits that benefited Veterans prior to his joining the Reboot team in 2022. Bobby is an avid fisherman and whitetail deer hunter. Bobby plays a critical role in helping to coordinate our Big Game Hunts at ORO. If you are sending a message putting in for one of our Big Game Lotteries, it's probably Bobby who is replying.