Tim Tuomey understands the sacrifices service members make to protect American freedom, especially after serving with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battlion, 2nd Marine Division more than two decades ago. While on a climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he experienced what he called an “awakening” where he fully realized that what was truly important to him were the Marines and Sailors protecting his freedom. He organized Operation Awakening, in which he aims to “make a difference in someone else’s life” by riding his bike 3,168 miles across the United States. He will leave Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., on April 12 and arrive at his former home base of 2nd Marine Division in Jacksonville, N.C., approximately 70 days later. Tuomey plans to raise money and awareness through his ride for The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support for ill and injured service members and their families.