10 BB Thruster
10 Box Jump Overs
Teams of 2
8 Thrusters (155/105)
6 Rope Climbs
11 Box Jumps (30/24)
One partner working inside. Continuous 400 Meter Run with Wreck Bag (70/50). Switch upon return from run.
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept 4, 2011 — The only requirement was to give your all — 31 minutes for 31 heroes. For the Soldiers, Airmen and civilians gathered at Kabul International Airport, Sept. 3, this physical training day left no room for the faint of heart.
Quitting wasn’t an option in this memorial service that was unlike any other. The men and women at KAIA gathered to share their sweat and pain during a CrossFit workout, called ’31 Heroes.’
They joined countless other CrossFit enthusiasts who, on this day, dedicated their workout to the 30 U.S. service members and one U.S. military working dog who made the ultimate sacrifice Aug. 6, when their helicopter crashed during a mission in eastern Afghanistan.
All service members on board were killed, as well as seven Afghan commandos and one Afghan interpreter. It was the deadliest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001.
Regardless of the location, all participants will perform the same workout, which is a non-stop, 31-minute test of physical and emotional will.
“All the pain and anguish during this workout doesn’t even compare to what those we are honoring went through,” said Sgt. 1st Class Ricky Irvin.
Irvin was one of the event’s coordinators and the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Signal Current Operations Chief.
“They knew every time they went out on mission, there was the distinct possibility of dying and they went anyway,” he added. “I’m proud we are able to honor them like this.”
The workout of the day, known as a WOD, was carried out in two-man teams. While one team member ran 400 meters, carrying a sandbag that weighed up to 45 pounds, the other team member worked through a circuit of exercises. Each complete circuit, known as a rep, consisted of eight thrusters of up to 155 pounds, 11 box jumps and six rope climbs.
’31 Heroes’ pays tribute to the following fallen U.S. service members:
Army Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.
Army Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo.
Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah
Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.
Army Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Army Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas
Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif.
Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.
Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn.
Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii
Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa.
Also killed was Bart, a U.S. military working dog.