Here’s who we honor:
Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was also the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include theSilver Star (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and thePurple Heart.
Operation Red Wings was a counter-insurgent mission in Kunar province, Afghanistan, involving four members of the United States Navy SEALs. Murphy led the four-man reconnaissance team on a mission to kill or capture a top Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah (code name Ben Sharmak), who commanded a group of insurgents known as the “Mountain Tigers,” west of Asadabad. The group was dropped off by helicopter in a remote, mountainous area east of Asadabad in Kunar Province, near the Pakistan border. After an initially successful infiltration, local goat herders stumbled upon the SEALs’ hiding place. Unable to verify any hostile intent from the herders, the team cut them loose. Hostile locals, possibly the goat herders they let pass, alerted nearby Taliban forces, who surrounded and attacked the small group. After Murphy called for help, an MH-47 Chinook helicopter loaded with reinforcements was dispatched to rescue the team, but was shot down with an RPG, killing all 16 personnel aboard; eight SEALs and eight service members from the 160th SOAR.
Murphy was killed June 28, 2005 after exposing himself to enemy fire and knowingly leaving his position of cover to get a clear signal in order to communicate with his headquarters. He provided his unit’s location and requested immediate support for his element and then returned to his position to continue fighting until he died from his wounds.
Conditions: 74 degrees and air so thick with humidity it was hard to breathe
Warmup: 15 SSH, 15 IW’s, 15 Front, Back Little Arm Circles, 15 SSH (all 4ct. IC)
Here’s The Murph:
Run 1 mile (around parking lot and out to Ballentine Elementary sign and back)
then in 10 sets of 10, 20 & 30 or however else you like to do it
100 Pull-ups (many assisted their fellow pax, I Am 3rd)
200 Merkins (Standard American Push-Ups)
300 Squats (Head Up, Back Straight, Eyes Bright, Heart Pure)
Run 1 Mile loop again
Pax who finish early go back and encourage the rest of the team, everyone pick up the 6 and never leave a man behind.
• Great work today, everybody! If this was your first Murph congratulations on completing it. Good to see brothers pushing each other and helping them to the end.
Crooked 5K at Speed Trap next Saturday, 08/30/14.
Tunnels to Towers 5K in Columbia Vista, 09/19/14 at 7 p.m., let’s have a good turn out to show our support for all first responders.
Still time to HC for GoRuck & to sign-up for Mud Run.
Governor’s Cup Pre-blast is live for 1/2 marathon and 8k
Prayer requests: Panty Hose and his family for passing of his mother and wife on bedrest; Phillips family as Walker continues to improve. Pray for continued healing and rehabilitation.