Monday, November 12, 2012

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WOD (Workout of the day):

“JACK”
20:00 Minute AMRAP (As many rounds as possible) of:
-10 Push Press 115/80
-10 KBS (Kettlebell swings) 53/35
-10 Box Jumps 24/20

Army Staff Sgt. Jack M. Martin III, 26, of Bethany, Oklahoma, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, Wash., died September 29th, 2009, in Jolo Island, Philippines, from the detonation of an improvised explosive device. Martin is survived by his wife Ashley Martin, his parents Jack and Cheryl Martin, and siblings Abe, Mandi, Amber and Abi.

Jack M. Martin III dreamed of working as an educator or finding another way to help people when his time in the military ended, his family said. The 26-year-old from Bethany, Okla., was helping to resupply a school construction project in the Philippines when he was killed Sept. 29 by a bomb buried beneath a road on Jolo Island. Military officials said he was part of a task force deployed to help quell militants there. Martin, the youngest of five children, was born in Iowa and grew up there and in Oklahoma. He played football and was an honors student at Bethany High School, graduating in 2001. He started out in the Army Reserve before studying at the University of Central Oklahoma, said his father, Jack Martin Jr., adding that his son was in basic training during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The younger Martin had volunteered to go to Iraq, and when that deployment was canceled, he met with a recruiter looking for special forces volunteers and became a Green Beret. He was assigned to Fort Lewis.

“He was a very kind and loving person that was very intelligent with numbers,” his father said.

Veteran’s Day is dedicated to honoring those that protect us, so it is fitting that we do a HERO WOD. Jack made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Today we will spend 20 minutes enduring a tough workout in his memory. When you think you cannot continue… think of Jack.