2nd Fallen Five Reflections

QIC: Italian Job and Catfish

Date: 07/13/2019

PAX: Fallen Five Reflections

AO: The Dame

Backblast for 2nd Annual Fallen Five can be found here:

I’ve only gotten into rucking fairly recently but am really enjoying it.  I especially love the team focus and how it incorporates the 1st and 2nd F’s at the same time.  I was looking for an event like the Fallen Five as a measuring stick for how much more I need to train for GrowRuck and knew this was a great opportunity for that and to meet some fellow PAX from another region.  After listening to the Round Table podcast, I realized how important this event was in honoring the men who gave their lives on that day in 2015 and I also how little attention this terrorist attack has received since it happened considering how horrible it was.  From a physical standpoint, the event didn’t disappoint as the beatdowns were hard, the coupons were heavy, and the distance was long enough to leave me feeling it the next day. Beyond that, I was moved by how many civilians stopped to say hello and thank you, honk, wave, and take pictures as we were rucking to the park and back.  It was very evident that the community was appreciative of what we were doing and I felt humbled to be a part of such an impactful event. Learning more about those who were killed from I-Job during the convergence and visiting the scene of the attack and seeing the 5 flags hanging from the bridge really brought this home for me. It was truly an honor to participate in this event and even more so to do it alongside my F3 brothers.  Aye!


—Whiz (Alpha)

Thanks again for putting on such an awesome event! The purpose behind it all was truly humbling, being back where it all happened and seeing those five flags was an unreal experience. It was amazing seeing the support in your community, not only from those who showed up, but all the honks, engine revs, people stopping and taking pictures and asking what we are doing. This is just an awesome event you guys put on, I was proud to be a part of it.

—Inseam (Alpha)

Mr Clean, thank you giving us the opportunity to take part in honoring the Fallen Five  in Chattanooga yesterday. Here are some of my thoughts that stood out to me during the event.

We’re appreciative of you and all the Qs that led workouts, and these are the ones that stood out to me.

Catfish and Italian Job’s BDs seemed to complement each other – the Buddy Carry up the hill was appropriate for what we’re sometimes called to do – it’s hard, not sure you can do it, but it has to be done.

Italian Job Q where he read the background of each man killed and gave us an insight into each life was powerful. The COT we did at the end of the bootcamp was well done.

Fissure and Ducktales Qs at the end – Stretching and the running with 1/2 burpees and other things was good variety.

More reflections:

Ducktales and Vila keeping us together and steady on the Ruck, Dixie Chick keeping us safe at the crossings.

Gut Check always with a smile and words of encouragement.

Iron Butt telling me how he got his name.

Zohan – whenever I looked always seemed to be carrying something, more times than his share with the 80# I think.

Billy (can’t remember the other part of his F3 name) telling me about the ruck club he belongs to and his martial arts background.

Vila putting up with my BS when he could’ve squashed me like a bug.

FNG Echo thinking we didn’t have enough coupons and brought his own pole which we had to carry while he carried a flag sometimes!

Echo confusing the cadence count – he didn’t know how so we all got confused!

Getting patched by Mr Clean at the end! This patch is among my most cherished.

The most powerful  experience was were we stopped for a minute’s silence at the depot where the shootings took place. 

Hope to see you again soon!

—Mufasa (Alpha)

I wanted to thank you very much for organizing the Fallen Five this year!

I found the whole event, start to end, a great combination of all three Fs. I admit that initially I came to experience a teaser for the upcoming GrowRuck but I got much more of it. 

I think that it was on the back of Italian Job’s ruck, a patch that said “if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together” and I think it was an apt patch for the Fallen Five. At times I begrudged having to slow down often and even stop but it was a good reminder that the focus was doing this as a group and not a competition. There is much that we can achieve working together and it’s well worth the cost to slow down when needed to make sure you’re staying together. Otherwise, whatever you set out to do might not have any value if you end up alone. This is why Fellowship is not just an outcome of F3, it’s a commitment.

Thank you!

—Zohan (Alpha)

Thank you F3 Chattanooga for hosting a great event yesterday. I was impressed by everyone I met there; and the initial beat down right away laid the foundation for the deep meaning of why we all converged. In the blazing Tennessee sun the group dug deep for a 6mi Ruck moving multiple coupons and crushed the second brutal beat down at what would surprise me as our ultimate destination – I was not aware we’d visit the place those five brave souls lost their lives; the moment of silence was touching and heavy – it was a moment I won’t soon forget. I think the group appreciated the audible on the return trip, and I have to say the dip in the lake may have been the most glorious swim I’ve ever had. The second F lunch was fantastic, I made many new friends and I look forward to seeing many of you at GrowRuck 15 in my neck of the woods next month.

—Dosido (Alpha)

To everyone involved in planning and coordinating this event, I sincerely thank you for your attention to detail, execution and leadership. Mr. Clean great coordination across all facets of the event and even bigger thanks for coming up with the idea last year! Ducktales/The Count/Fissure/Iron Butt/ Ringwald/Mr. Clean– awesome work with promoting the event so well across several media outlets! Fissure/Ducktales/Vila for the route planning, ruck specifics and procedures. Italian Job & Catfish– thank you for making the trip, providing a proper butt-whoopin’ and delivering some points of leadership throughout. And finally, thanks for all the pax/ruckers  who traveled distances from out of town to join us; that was such a special feeling to lock shields with all of the pax around the region.

I had a great time and I don’t think there was a dry body after 3 minutes into the boot camp. I must say that aside from the GoRuck Tough I recently completed, I have not been challenged like this in all my life. It was a total group effort, and everyone was positive throughout. Yeah, sure the dead heat of summer upon us gave us reason to be sulky, but as mentioned before – those horns honking from passing cars or just passerby’s on foot giving us encouragement was a really cool experience. The reason for the event was also not lost on any of us – a great and purposeful boot camp beat down in the beginning was super touching and the moment of silence at the point of the attacks was so surreal. After that point, the “embracing the suck” moniker so widely shared in Go Ruck was not so difficult, all things considered.

I probably speak for most of us and say that I cannot wait for next year’s installment of the event! This will be a huge event going forward.

Now for some personal musings:

  • The barbell American Flag gave me real soreness days later. I don’t think I’m carrying that thing right and it wasn’t my first rodeo in the thunderdome.
  • 80lb sandbags…. damn…
  • Endex at a water source is a must for any/all Ruck events; regardless of distance covered
  • Future event consideration – we should ruck/carry a boot or treasure chest for more donations. People would have thrown money at us for the cause!
  • I’ll do any event Zohan wants to do – that guy carries everything and doesn’t shy away from anything hard
    – Prosciutto (F3 Chatt)

Went to bed early and was planning on sleeping til 5:30. Body alarm woke me up at 4. Made the most of it and did a gear check and made a big omelet with a banana and apple. Gear check good except for source mouth piece for hydration. Got to The Dame AO at 06:30 and there were already 6 clown cars there! Great fellowship before. Specifically with Dixie chick, Cherokee ruck Q Bloodhound, and of course My F3Chatt HIM. Mr. Clean called me on the way there and the day before to finalize all details together, thank you Grady. You saw in your head how we could come together and build an event to honer the fallen and it was now that time. “5 MINUTE WARNING” from Italian job and then we started “ONE! ONE!”, COT and namearoma (Thanks Echo). Always excited to post with a Q from a different region. The TRUEbadours Catfish and Italian Job led a solid beatdown. Ruck was warm, I had planned on being the six, Catfish recommended we keep coupons behind the flags, and I did not account for that. Catfish and I rotated as the six and had great fellowship, even recorded an episode of pick up the six click here for audio 

Temps started rising and then we started seeing runners that just finished the hero’s run. This timing was not planned but was perfect! We ran into some Rucker’s that knew the family of one of the fallen and have been rucking the Hero’s Run for years! They are a Marietta ruck club that will team up with us next year. At the mid way point, Command Sargent Major Paul Vallade (F3 Echo) spoke to us while I assessed blisters… the wet AMERICAN flag socks were a bad choice for the MACV-1’s. The blister larger than a silver John Fitzgerald Kennedy silver piece… I installed new socks just in time for a Daniel Haugland (F3 Vila) beatdown, myself and Nick Spinelli (F3 Fissure) brought the pain. Fissure ended our beatdown infront of the reserve center by the flags. A few of Alpha company did not know where the coward attacked 4 years ago. We shared a moment, and as I write, I am getting teared up about the loss of life that day. We took a moment of silence. We re-rucked and headed off back towards The Dame. Getting back at the end and walking into the cool lake with boots on was the best part of my day. Dried off some, put on dry shirt, and went for fellowship with about 20 out of the 29 that rucked. I am writing this Wednesday and still sore and proud to be #noogastrong. AYE!
– Ducktales (F3 Chatt

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    Congrats to all the recent PAX who completed the Qschool — Looking forward to all your VQs
    This week there was some early early discussion about potential workouts in Soddy- Daisy (for more info go talk to @f3mrclean
    There were low numbers for FBC this week — we need to make it a point to HC (hard commit) for these F2 (fellowship) events so we can continue to build this community. These are good opportunities to learn about one another when we aren’t suckin’ wind during a workout.
    Here’s the forecast for the week:
    MONDAY – (03/19/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: Beast Ridge
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Vila
    Workout: Ruck / Run
    AO: The Griff
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    TUESDAY – (03/20/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: Hill City
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Prosciutto

     WEDNESDAY – (03/21/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: The Griff
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Snowflake
    Workout: Ruck / Run
    AO: Beast Ridge
    Time: 0530 – 0615
     THURSDAY – (03/22/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO:  Hill City
    Time: 0530 – 615
    QIC: Whittler VQ

    Event: Happy Hour
    Where: TBD (contact Whittler for more info)
    When: 1730 – ??
    SATURDAY – (03/24/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp / Qschool
    AO: The Landfill
    Time: 0700 – 0800
    QIC: Angus

    Event: Coffeeteria
    Where: TBD
    When: 0815

    To Remember

    Our mission
    Plant, Grow, Serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. 
    Our Creedo
    Leave no man behind, leave no man where you found him. 
    Five Core Principles

    1. Are free of charge
    2. Are open to all men
    3. Are held outdoors, rain or shine, heat or cold
    4. Are led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary
    5. End with a Circle of Trust

    See you in the gloom 

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    This week represents the 16th month of F3Chatt. Looking back at this time last year, we have shown considerable growth, not just as a group of Nomads but as individuals we are striving for more each day, week, and month. YHC was one of Four Pax that were “regulars”, we had two mid-week workouts and one on Saturday. It was on 3/12/2018 that we launched into what we refer now as “The Landfill”.
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    Lastly, let’s keep giving this thing away. Do what you have to do to keep pushing your brothers to get out there. Every man really needs it.
    MONDAY – (03/12/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: Beast Ridge
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Best In Show
    Workout: Ruck / Run
    AO: The Griff
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    TUESDAY – (03/13/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: Hill City
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Laces Out

     WEDNESDAY – (03/14/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO: The Griff
    Time: 0530 – 0615
    QIC: Mr. Clean
    Workout: Ruck / Run
    AO: Beast Ridge
    Time: 0530 – 0615
     THURSDAY – (03/15/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp
    AO:  Hill City
    Time: 0530 – 615
    QIC: Ringwald

    FRIDAY – (03/16/2018)
    Event: Friday Breakfast Club
    Where: TBD (contact Mr. Clean for more info)
    When: 0600 – 0700

    SATURDAY – (03/17/2018)
    Workout: Bootcamp / Qschool
    AO: The Landfill
    Time: 0700 – 0800
    QIC: Prosciutto

    Event: Coffeeteria
    Where: The WaHo
    When: 0815

    To Remember

    Our mission
    Plant, Grow, Serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership. 
    Our Creedo
    Leave no man behind, leave no man where you found him. 
    Five Core Principles

    1. Are free of charge
    2. Are open to all men
    3. Are held outdoors, rain or shine, heat or cold
    4. Are led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary
    5. End with a Circle of Trust

    See you in the gloom 

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    The Murph Grand-Prix

    When: 08/01/17
    Where: Hill City
    QIC: Ohms
    The PAX: Prosciutto, Rainman, Angus, Mr. Clean, Banjo, Mudslide, Delta, Laces Out

    Conditions: Clear Skies, 85 def F
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    YHC wanted to spread out the Leadership Roll so I let everyone have a little bit of the Q action. We went around the circle letting each PAX come up with an exercise.
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    – Imperial Walkers x 10 IC (Banjo)
    – Slow Merkins x 10 IC (Prosciutto)
    – Squat x 10 IC (Rainman)
    – Plank Jacks x 10 IC (Mudslide)
    – Ass Kickers x 10 IC (Mr. Clean)
    – High Knees x 10 IC (Angus)
    – Mountain Climbers x 10 IC (Delta)
    – SSH x 20 IC (Laces Out)
    Circuit #1 (Round 1 – Mt. Midoriyama Grand Prix)
    Start out in front of Mt. Midoriyama
    Step 1: Run a lap around Mt. Midoriyama (0.2 miles)
    Step 2: Bear Crawl 15 yards
    Step 3: Lunge 15 Yards
    Step 4: Run to the top of Mt. Midoriyama and then back to bottom
    Step 5: Perform 25 Merkins
    Rinse and Repeat all Steps x 4
    Circuit #2 (Round 2 – The Stairway to Heaven Grand Prix)
    Start out in front of Concrete Stairway (Where the Swamp Thing lives)
    Step 1: Run a lap around Mt. Midoriyama (0.2 miles)
    Step 2: Duck Walk 15 yards
    Step 3: Karaoke 15 Yards
    Step 4: Run to the bottom of the stairway and then box jump up to the top
    Step 5: Perform 50 Dips
    Rinse and Repeat all Steps x 4
    YHC decided to continue with the spreading out of the Leadership Roll so we went around the circle letting each PAX come up with an ab exercise.
    – LBC x 10 IC (Ohms)
    – Hello Dolly x 10 IC (Banjo)
    – American Hammers x 10 IC (Laces Out)
    – WWII Sit-Ups x 10 OYO (Rainman)
    – Rosalita x 10 IC (Mudslide)
    – Freddie Mercury x 10 IC (Mr. Clean)
    – Crunchy Frog x 10 IC (Angus)
    – Pickle Pounders x 10 IC (Delta)
    – Point & Hold (Prosciutto)
    COT – Count-Off, Name-O-Rama, Shout-Outs, Prayer Requests
    QUOTE – “Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.“ – Vince Lombardi –

    Qsource Daily Maxwell, Scripture, and Quotes

    Daily Maxwell July16


    I believe that each of us has a dream placed in the heart. I’m not talking about wanting to win the lottery. That kind of idea comes from a desire to escape our present circumstances, not to pursue a heartfelt dream. I’m talking about a vision deep inside that speaks to the very soul. It’s the thing we were born to do. It draws on our talents and gifts. It appeals to our highest ideals. It sparks our feelings of destiny. It is inseparably linked to our purpose in life. The dream starts us on the success journey.
    A dream does many things for us:
    •A dream gives us direction.
    •A dream increases our potential.
    • A dream helps us prioritize.
    • A dream adds value to our work.
    • A dream predicts our future.
    Oliver Wendell Holmes noted, “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are but in what direction we are moving.” This is also one of the great things about having a dream. You can pursue your dream no matter where you are today. And what happened in the past isn’t as important as what lies ahead in the future. As the saying goes, “No matter what a person’s past may have been, his future is spotless.” You can begin pursuing your dream today!
    Your Road Map for Success

    Daily Scriptures

    Hebrews 11:1 

    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

    Ephesians 3:20 

    Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

    2 Corinthians 5:7 

    For we walk by faith, not by sight.

    Proverbs 29:25

    The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

    Psalm 37:4 

    Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    Daily Quote

    • The adventure of life is to learn.
    • The purpose of life is to grow.
    • The nature of life is to change.
    • The challenge of life is to overcome.
    • The essence of life is to care.
    • The opportunity of life is to serve.
    • The secret of life is to dare.
    • The spice of life is to befriend.
    • The beauty of life is to give


    Daily Maxwell, Scripture, and Quote

    Daily Maxwell 07/13/17

    My observation over the last twenty years has been that all effective leaders have a vision of what they must accomplish. That vision becomes the energy behind every effort and the force that pushes through all the problems. With vision, the leader is on a mission and a contagious spirit is felt among the crowd until others begin to rise alongside the leader. Unity is essential for the dream to be realized. Long hours of labor are given gladly to accomplish the goal. Individual rights are set aside because the whole is much more important than the part. Time flies, morale soars upward, heroic stories are told, and commitment is the watchword. Why? Because the leader has a vision!
    The word vision has perhaps been overused in the last few years. The first goal of many a management workshop is to develop a statement of purpose for the organization. Others will look at you oddly if you cannot recite your organization’s purpose by memory and produce a card with the statement of purpose printed on it.
    Why all the pressure to develop a purpose for your organization? There are two reasons. First, vision becomes the distinctive, rallying cry of the organization. It is a clear statement in a competitive market that you have an important niche among all the voices clamoring for customers. It is your real reason for existence. Second, vision becomes the new control tool, replacing the 1,000-page manual that is boxy and constrains initiative. In an age when decentralization all the way to the front line is required to survive, the vision is the key that keeps everyone focused.
    —Developing the Leader Within You

    Daily Scripture

    I Timothy 1:7
    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind.

    Daily Quote

    Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere.  Self-pity gets you nowhere.  One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world–making the most of one’s best.
    Harry Emerson Fosdick

    Daily Maxwell, Scripture, and Quote

    Daily Maxwell July 15
    Every major difficulty you face in life is a fork in the road. You choose which track you will head down, toward breakdown or breakthrough. Dick Biggs, a consultant who helps Fortune 500 companies improve profits and increase productivity, writes that all of us have unfair experiences; as a result, some people merely exist and adopt a “cease and desist” mentality. He continues,
    One of the best teachers of persistence is your life’s critical turning points. Expect to experience 3–9 turning points or “significant changes” in your life. These transitions can be happy experiences . . . or unhappy times such as job losses, divorce, financial setbacks, health problems and the death of loved ones. Turning points can provide perspective, which is the ability to view major changes within the larger framework of your lifetime and let the healing power of time prevail. By learning from your turning points, you can grow at a deeper level within your career and life.
    If you’ve been badly hurt, then start by acknowledging the pain and grieving any loss you may have experienced. Then forgive the people involved—including yourself, if needed. Doing that will help you move on. Just think, today may be your day to turn the hurts of your past into a breakthrough for the future.
    Failing Forward

    Daily Scripture

    Isaiah 43:16-19

    Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

    “Wisdom is knowing the right path. Integrity is taking it.” M.H. McKee

    “Wisdom is knowing the right path.
    Integrity is taking it.”
    M.H. McKee

    Daily Quote

    If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.

    Melinda Gates