Temperature was in the lower 70s and RAINING.
COP –SSH x 10, reflective gear on and we prepare to move out.
THANG – Prior to starting, YHC spoke about the importance of Memorial Day and honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. 48 service members of the Armed Forces from South Carolina have been killed in Afghanistan alone. The Pax were instructed to pull a laminated card from the ammo can to keep with them during the BC and to take with them to reflect upon. All 48 service members were represented in the can; some were drawn by the Pax, the others were carried along with us. The Q then read the obituary of Major Mason and Cpl Renehan. We then stepped off for a string of pearls with the Q carrying the weighted ammunition can which included the names that were not drawn by the Pax. At each stop, the Q would lead several exercises followed by a Pax reading the name, rank, service, age, hometown and other pertinent information regarding the deceased service member. The Pax who read the card would then carry the ammunition can at the front of the line to the next stop. The normal string of exercises (Merkins, LBC, Monkey Humpers, Team sit-ups, X and O etc) were conducted as well as a few Bear Crawls and jail breaks.
Mary – N/A
Count, Name, Announce, Pledge, Playing of Taps, Prayer
Moleskin – Very moving day for the Q as he lead this BC. Each man had an opportunity to share someone’s story and come closer to someone who gave the ultimate sacrifice on their behalf. The people who have given their lives on our behalf are NOT robots or from some distant land; they are our neighbors, our friends our relatives and people that we can all relate to. We shall honor them and show our respect. YHC carried the cards for Major Mason and Cpl Renehan; Megan was a friend and training partner of mine; Cpl Renehan was one of my Marines. At the conclusion of the BOM as we stood in a downpour, YHC asked the Pax to take their card out and spend a moment reflecting while “Taps” played from the Q’s phone. This BC was not about fitness, it was about spending time with our F3 brothers and paying our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It was truly an honor to lead the Pax of Faultline. Semper Fi, Major Dad