Air Force

April 5, 2013

March calls to mind fallen

Tags:
Tech. Sgt. JASMINE REIF
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

March of the Fallen participants hike up the White Tank Mountains March 30 located in Waddell, Ariz. Their weighted backpacks represented the gear that deployed members carry everyday and to honor fallen warriors. The three weight classes consisted of 45 pounds, 60 pounds and 75 pounds. All the profits were donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

As of March 27 there have been 6,671 lives lost in operations Enduring and Iraqi freedom and Operation New Dawn, but almost 80,000 have returned from war with both visible and invisible wounds.

According to the Wounded Warrior Project website, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries as a result of advanced battlefield medicine and body armor. Their mission is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

Two years ago, in an effort to raise money to help America’s wounded warriors, Senior Airmen Alan McMurray and Bryan Shook, 56th Medical Group, organized the first March of the Fallen at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. This year’s event took place Saturday and attracted more than double the participants of the first year.

Airman 1st Class Daniel Kilby, 56th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, weighs the ruck sack of a March of the Fallen event participant March 30 at the White Tank Mountains Regional Park in Waddell. There were 124 participants who marched and 45 volunteers. The march is 4.75-miles long.

“The first year we had 40 participants and 25 volunteers, but this year we had 124 participants and 45 volunteers,” McMurray said. “We created this event as a tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by our brothers and sisters in arms, to benefit the Wounded Worrier Project with all the proceeds, and to provide a unique and humbling experience to the participants.”

The March of the Fallen is a 4.75-mile ruck march through the White Tank Mountains. Each participant wears a weighted rucksack to symbolize the weight military members carry when deployed and each meter traversed represents a fallen warrior lost on the field of battle. The rucks are weighed before and after the march and have three categories: 45, 60 and 75 pounds.

There are also motivators who walk with the marchers to encourage them throughout the entire distance.

Whether marching or motivating, participating in the March of the Fallen is “a great way to renew your memories of the fallen,” said David Patterson, former Army cavalry scout.

After months of planning and hours spent setting up mile markers and weighing participants, the eight March of the Fallen committee members enjoyed seeing their hard work come together.

The March of the Fallen event was a very successful operation that went smoothly, said Airman 1st Class Nick Liuzzi, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health technician.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Airman 1st Class James Hensley

Luke cuts ribbon on F-35 Academic Training Center

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander, cuts the ceremonial ribbon Oct. 9 marking the completion of the academic training center building at Luke Air Force Base. The buildin...
 
 
Forino_J

U.S., Singapore partnership standout

Lt. Col. John Forino Aug. 9 marked the 49th anniversary of Singapore’s independence. The 425th Fighter Squadron is an operational squadron comprised of elite U.S. Air Force and Republic of Singapore air force personnel design...
 
 
shirts-graphicbw

‘Guts’ required to enforce standards

A few years ago, a fellow senior NCO requested I talk to her subordinate about her appearance, specifically pertaining to her hair. Naturally, I asked about what the issue was and why she couldn’t have a discussion with her o...
 

 
141008-F-HT977-008

Airmen get new ‘Community Commons’

Renovations on Bldg. 700, which houses the Health and Wellness Center, will take place April 2015 through spring 2016 at Luke Air Force Base. Subway and the barbershop will remain open during construction. Other amenities, such...
 
 

News Briefs October 17, 2014

Keep good mental health Calling all Airmen! Sleep disturbances such as insomnia and nightmares can affect people personally and professionally. Reaching out to a medical provider is a step in the right direction to good health. Courtesy of the 56th Medical Group Haunted house The 56th Mission Support Group is featuring Operation: Haunted Block House...
 
 

THUNDERBOLT OF THE WEEK

Jessica Behrens 56th Medical Support Squadron Pharmacist Hometown: Seneca, Missouri Years in service: Three Family: Husband, Chris; daughter, Katelyn, 2; son, Levi, 5 months Education: Bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas and doctor of pharmacy from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Previous assignments: Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida; Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma; Spring...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin