Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet the Master of Ceremonies: The 9th Annual 2-Fly Tournament


We are pleased to announce that Captain Eivind O. Forseth, US Army (ret) will be the Master of Ceremonies during the Saturday night dinner of The 9th Annual PHWFF 2-Fly Tournament. Taking place at beautiful Rose River Farms on April 25-26, 2015, the weekend kicks off with dinner under the stars Saturday night and will feature keynote speaker Bob Woodruff, a silent auction, music, and more. 
Captain Eivind O. Forseth, USA Retired, was born and raised in Billings, Montana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993. After Basic Training and Airborne School, he served an extended European tour in Germany from 1994 to 1998, while assigned to the 1st Armored Division as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner and Squad Leader. This assignment included a 12-month tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in support of Operation Joint Endeavor from 1995 to 1996. 
Eivind separated from the Army in 1998 as a Sergeant and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Riverside in 2002. In 2003, he reenlisted and was commissioned upon graduation from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School and was assigned to D Company, 2/325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division as a Platoon Leader. The White Falcons deployed to Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On 4 January 2005, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Eivind and his gunner were severely wounded as a result of a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds sustained in combat. 
Eivind recovered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He served as a project coordinator for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) from its inception in 2005 to his retirement from the Army in March of 2008. Eivind’s father taught him to fly fish at the age of fourteen. Fishing and floating the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers in Montana with his family became his favorite pastime. Eivind attributes PHWFF with helping him overcome his disability by learning to fly fish and tie flies adaptively. As he and his family will attest, PHWFF has been instrumental to his emotional and physical recovery. He now serves as the President of the PHWFF Veterans Advisory Council. 
Eivind currently resides in Ventura, California with his wife, Tara, and their daughter, Astrid Linnea. His teenage son, Tristan Eivind, lives in Orange County. He continues to support Warfighters by serving as a Sea Range Test Manager for the Department of the Navy at Point Mugu, California. Additionally, Eivind volunteers as the lead for the Naval Air Warfare Center – Weapons Division Veterans Resource Group (NAWC-WD VRG). 


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