Scout Boats said it recently completed the production of a 350 LXF luxury center console for Senior U.S. Airman Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee who the company said is the most severely wounded living combat veteran in history.
Scout said Kolfage was on his second deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and miraculously survived a rocket attack on Balad Air Base in Iraq.
“When we met Brian, we were all truly inspired by his commitment, determination and perseverance,” Scout Boats president and CEO Steve Potts said in a statement. “We were honored to have him speak at our dealer meeting last fall, and we’re honored to have built the model of his dreams for he and his family. Brian purchased the model through one of our Florida dealers, Legendary Marine, and the dealership delivered the 350 to him on Wednesday June 29.”
Kolfage’s 350 LXF was modified with additional grab rails throughout the boat and an aft-installed Garelick fishing seat with gunnel mounts.
On Sept. 11, 2004, after working a night shift at the air base, Iraq, Kolfage awoke in the afternoon, left his tent and walked no more than 25 feet when the air base came under a rocket attack, Scout said. It would be the last time he would walk on the legs he was born with.
A 107mm rocket shell exploded about three feet from him, throwing him several feet into the air. He landed against a wall of sandbags, still conscious. Despite suffering multiple amputations and the looming possibility of death, Kolfage still maintained incredible strength and courage throughout his recovery, Scout said. He walked out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center only 11 months after being injured.
Kolfage is a 2014 graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture, where Scout said he rose to the top of his class and learned to draw without his dominant right hand. He was recently awarded the Pat Tillman Scholar Award.
Kolfage and his wife continue to make trips back to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit with newly wounded vets. In 2014 he received the George C. Lang Award for Courage, not only for fearlessness, but also for selflessness in taking care of other wounded veterans who were in need of mentoring, the company said.