Melissa Hazlett

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Corps Fitness is looking for a few good men and women to represent Corps Fitness!
On November 4th, CrossFit Proven is hosting the Ghouls and Gals Partner Throwdown, and Corps Fitness is looking to sponsor 2 male/female teams (this is a $150/team value!)
Beginning Monday 9/25, submit your male/female team combo. You must put together your own team (we will not pair you), and you both must decide in which division you will compete.
Deadline for submissions is 9/29. We will then do a RANDOM drawing for the 2 teams on Sat. 9/30.
Please verify that you both are absolutely able to commit to the competition date before entering!
For more information about the event, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/298338887306428/
Other rules:
You MUST represent Corps Fitness by wearing your own Corps Fitness gear (t-shirts, sweatshirts and whatever else you may own) and overall be an ambassador for Corps Fitness.
Additionally, you must agree to post pictures on social media and hashtag Corps Fitness.
Any other questions, please contact Melissa@corpsfitness.net.

Melissa Hazlett

Yet another fantastic business sponsor showing their support for the Call To Action Challenge!
We’d like to send a huge thank you to Classic Harley-Davidson for their sponsorship of our event. They are directly sponsoring all the awesome hoodies each competitor will be receiving! How bout those goodies!? #notyourstandardtshirt #bestswagever
It’s businesses such as #missionbbq #riverfrontfederalcreditunion and #classicharleydavidson that make the difference! Thank you to them all!!!

Melissa Hazlett

 

A BIG thank you to Riverfront Federal Credit Union for being the Title Sponsor for our 2nd Annual Call To Action Challenge on October 28th!  Riverfront has proven to be a dedicated supporter of First Responders and the Badge 27 Program here at Corps Fitness.  We thank them for their generous support of all that we do to help serve the first responders who protect all of us!

 

We hope you are getting your team of 4 together!!!  This is shaping up to be a great day!!!  Stay tuned as many new announcements about the Challenge continue to roll in!

 

 

Melissa Hazlett

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Angel Rosa, 21, of South Portland, Maine; assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, died March 13, 2007 from wound received while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

Angel is remembered as an outstanding athlete as well as a dedicated leader and dear friend. He was never afraid to challenge himself, to push himself beyond his limits, at whatever he chose to do.

 

His Aunt recalls that “a lot of things came easy to him. But he was never a braggart. He was as humble a young man as you will ever meet.” She further says, “Angel will be remembered as a man who touched everyone’s lives, a man who inspired us to be better all around…”

 

 

US Marine Corps Sergeant Mark T. Smykowski, 23, of Mentor, OH was killed on June 6, 2006 while conducting combat operations in al Anbar province, Iraq.

 

He was part of a group from his high school, all of whom enlisted in the Marine Corps together, known as the Mentor Seven. Their relationship was much deeper than simple friendship….it was BROTHERHOOD.

 

Smykowski chose to become a reconnaissance man, one of the most difficult jobs in the military service. Among other things, recon involves scout swimming; small-boat operations; close combat skills; helicopter and submarine insertion and extraction techniques; and assault climbing.

 

“His heart was huge” says one of his fellow Mentor Seven. “He was an example of what a young person should be as far as appreciation of freedom and all that it stands for.”

 

After his funeral, young men approached Smykowski’s mother and asked if they could do anything for her. “Yes”, she said. “Live like there’s no tomorrow. Make your mother proud. So if something happened tomorrow, you’ll have no regrets.” That’s how her son lived.

Melissa Hazlett

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Lance Cpl. Bishop of Dickson, Tenn., was a 2002 graduate of Dickson County High School and joined the Marine Corps through the delayed entry program in September 2002. He went on active duty in 2003 and went to Afghanistan right out of boot camp. He was trained as a machine gunner and was promoted to lance corporal in July 2006. He always felt protective of his family and even told them he would protect them. He was the kind that would always come to your rescue.

 

 

Bishop went through some difficult times personally, but was able to pull through, and afterward “he always found a way to make a bad situation better,” said Sgt. Walter Rattray.

 

“Adam was one of the best guys I knew. Always caring, always loving, he would give you the shirt off your back if you needed it,” Rattray said. “I loved Adam like a brother. He will never be forgotten.”

 

 

 

 

On April 29, 2007 during his final patrol mission, Manion made the ultimate sacrifice.

His patrol was concluding a search of a suspected insurgent house when it came under precision small arms fire attack.  With the corpsman seriously wounded by enemy fire and the attack developing in to a full-scale ambush, Manion and a fellow Marine exposed themselves to increasing fire to pull the corpsman out of the kill zone.

After recovering the corpsman and administering first aid, Manion led his patrol in a counter attack personally eliminating an enemy position.  As he continued to direct the patrol, another Marine was wounded.  He again moved across the kill zone, under fire by five insurgents, to recover the wounded Marine.  Iraqi Army reinforcements were halted by an IED and were unable to advance on the flank of the insurgents, leaving Manion and his patrol to take fire from three sides.

While fearlessly exposing himself to gain a more advantageous firing position and drawing enemy fire away from the wounded Marines, Manion was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper.

His courageous and deliberate actions inspired the eventual counter attack and ultimately saved the lives of every member of his patrol, according to his medal citation.

 

“In January 2007, during one of our final phone conversations, Travis said to me, ‘Mom, America does not know how good they have it and all the good the young men and women over here are doing for them. They need to know.’

 

During his first stay at home, Travis and his brother-in-law attended an Eagles game at Lincoln Financial Field. As they were leaving the stadium, Travis’ brother-in-law joked with Travis that if he tripped him and broke his leg, Travis would not have to return to Iraq and could stay home in Doylestown. Travis turned to him and said, “Hey Dave, if not me, then who?”

Melissa Hazlett

Thanks to ALL who took part in Summer 2017 Hero Week honoring fallen Marines and our Corps Fitness foundations.

 

Many went for all 7 days….congrats to all of YOU!

 

Big props to Ryan McLin who was our inaugural recipient of the Kyle Pagerly CF Spirit award.  Not only did he do all 7 days, but he did them with integrity, all while motivating others around him with his 110% work ethic and motivating words!

 

And as a wrap, below is the link to the recap video posted on youtube!  Thanks all!

 

Melissa Hazlett

FINAL REMINDER: Tomorrow’s Finale Day Hero Week workout begins at 9:00AM at Happy Hollow Playground! 1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing.
Don’t forget to stay after the workout for the After-Party. There were a few (very few) extra Mission BBQ meal tickets ordered. First come, first served for those!
See you tomorrow!

Melissa Hazlett

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Missed every single day.  Outstanding attendance and outstanding effort by all.  Honoring Pags on the 6th anniversary of his death.

Melissa Hazlett

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Brandon J. Van Parys, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 20, of New Tripoli, formerly of Schwenksville, was killed Feb. 5, 2007, when he was struck by a grenade while on patrol in Al-Anbar Province in Iraq. He was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

 

“He’s a hero,” Alan Van Parys told WFMZ-TV. “He gave his life protecting his battalion commander. How can you not be proud of that?”

He said his son had been motivated to join the Marines by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Before Van Parys’ deployment, his father said he told the family, “I’ve done this training, it’s time to put it to use.”

 

Corps Fitness Foundation: Act and think as a unit; Individual Action in Teamwork

Melissa Hazlett

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Marine Lance Corporal Adam Loggins, of the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marineswas killed while serving in Iraq.

 

He is described as a fun-loving young man who was serious about serving his country as a Marine.   He was motivated to join the Marines after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and was determined to do his part for the country.

 

His dad said, “during our last talks, he told me that he would not be able to live with himself if he did not do this. He did not want to look back at his life and wish he had done something.”

 

He also said, “Adam had experienced many things in his very short life. He packed a lot of living in his 27 years and brought joy to his family and friends.”

 

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Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey was just weeks away from a new chapter of his life. He was due to marry his fiancé in July, but was killed on May 24, 2012 while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

“He had an attitude and a heart of service,” said Bob Dennis, a family friend. “He put himself out for other people.”

 

Corporal Seth Sheppard, Sgt. Alfred Nieto and Cpl. Nathaniel Hoy gave personal reflections on their experiences with Coffey and just how much he affected their lives for the better.

 

“Only once, only once in a very long while does that Marine come around,” said Nieto. “That Marine has everything to be great; eagerness to learn, passion to be the very best at everything he is taught and extremely humble. When people talk about having the mythical ‘it,’ Cpl. Coffey could very well have been the definition.”

 

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