Operation Hat Trick Around the Globe
Operation Hat Trick has grown rapidly since its inception in 2007 and there are now fans of the program and its mission spanning the globe.
View their stories below:
Steve Hardy (Nate’s dad) sent this picture of an OHT hat sitting proudly on Nate Hardy’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. The photo was taken by Mike Beland, who grew up with Nate in Durham and now works for the Department of Homeland Security.
UNH Alumni 1LT Patrick Maher, BS '08 (Mech Eng) and MAJ Mark DeRocchi, MS '08 (Civil Eng) in FOB Sharana, East Paktika Province, Afghanistan
A note from Mark:
"Of course the really neat thing about Operation Hat Trick is that I went to High School with Nate's older brother (Josh Hardy) and 'Goat' (Mark's brother Matt DeRocchi) went to school with Nate. The first time that Goat went into the hospital was right after I finished Ranger School and right after Nate finished BUDS. It just so happened that we were both back visiting 'Goat' during that period and had a chance to catch up. We decided to go hiking and rappelling in Pawtuckaway State Park for a day together. We spent the day catching up and swapping war stories. It was a great chance for an Army guy and Navy guy to commiserate. A day I will never forget."
Mike Treska of Lake Placid, NY, sent in this nice shot of him wearing his OHT hat as he paid homage to the Stanley Cup. The famous trophy made a brief visit to Lake Placid this summer with Don DelNegro (left), long-time Boston Bruins head trainer and Lake Placid summer resident. As Bruins fans recall, a brief getaway to Lake Placid seemed to recharge the team during their Cup playoff series with the Montreal Canadiens. Thanks to Mike for sharing the reach of OHT!