Keeping the Promise

The Stronghold Freedom Foundation was founded to address the toxic exposures of military veterans who were deployed to Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Foundation's mission is to bring awareness to the long-term effects of exposure to the toxicants present at the base. 


A small team of committed K2 veterans is working directly with members of Congress to ensure our rights are guaranteed by law.


Find out how you can help us bring awareness to the health issues faced by veterans who were exposed to toxic environments during their military service.


We keep you up to date on virtual and in-person events that are relevant for K2 veterans and family members.

Mission Statement

The Stronghold Freedom Foundation utilizes awareness and partnerships to serve those who were exposed to toxic conditions while deployed in the service of our country.



With your help, we can reach every member of Congress.



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Chronicling K2

Chronicling K2

Read the stories of K2 Veterans and their family members at our publication. 

About Stronghold Freedom Foundation

PJ Widener and Mike West formed a Facebook group for the veterans of Karshi Khanabad (K2) in 2012, to connect with other sick K2 veterans who might be struggling with the VA. Sadly, Mike succumbed to cancer in 2014. His final wish was for PJ to continue the mission.

Stronghold Freedom Foundation was founded to keep that promise.


Camp Stronghold Freedom 20th Reunion

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Camp Stronghold Freedom 20th Reunion Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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CSM Parry Baer
The Stronghold Freedom Foundation is sad to relay the news that CSM Parry Baer, Retired, has passed. CSM Baer was at Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan, as part of Task Force Dagger. Many of our veterans knew or served with CSM Baer. God Speed, Sergeant Major. Official announcement: CSM(R) Parry L Baer September 13, 2020 (Age 61) Gettysburg,…
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This Secret Base is Putting Veterans at Risk. Dropping Bombs (Ep 301) | Mark T. Jackson Mark T. Jackson is an Army combat veteran, Federal agent, and veterans advocate. Earlier this year, he became a lobbyist, provocateur, and advocate for veterans of a small, secret base once located in southern Uzbekistan called K2. K2, used…
Legislative Update
Legislative update - August 15th 2020