3rd Annual Gold Star Moms' Ruck March

This is our third year participating in this event.  All the members last two years had a lot of fun and it was a great opportunity as a Wing to show our support to all troop, both killed in action and still serving.  We were probably had the most members participating from a single unit/organization.  Let's start getting ready!

Again, there is no guarantee that rucks will be available for use, so you should be ready to provide your own or borrow one from someone.  We may be able to come up with some rucks on a first come, first serve basis.  More will follow on this.

The deadline for registering is 9 October, midnite.  I need to send numbers by 10 October.  You may register as either a team or individually.


Here is the email from MSgt Beeson:


Team, the McGuire AFB First Sgt Council, will be sponsoring the 3rd
annual Gold Star Mom's
<http://www.goldstarmoms.com/WhoWeAre/History/History.htm>  Ruck march
here at McGuire on the 17th of October. A Gold Star Mom is a mom who has
lost their son or daughter in defense of our country. We will be doing
this event in honor of them. The course will be a regular 10K (6.2
miles) that winds through MAFB. There will be several classes to include
a Military Heavy class (uniform carrying a 30lb backpack), Military
light (just wearing the uniform), and a civilian class. 
Last year we had 19 mothers show up and we received many emails from
them afterward letting us know that they loved it. This year we are
expecting around 30 mothers to show up.  The day starts off with the USO
cooking the mothers breakfast, the opening ceremony, during the event
mothers will be riding around in golf carts and HMMWV's, and at the end
we will have the awards ceremony. 
We had 63 4-person teams participate including teams from the NJ Civil
Air Patrol, OSI agents, Army, ALS and the Boy Scouts. Every squadron on
MAFB was represented to include the Expeditionary center and the 621
CRW. We even had teams that came up from Dover AFB.
The 21 EMTF Command Chief, CMSgt Michael Grimm will be the keynote
Last year a team from the Det 1 OSI over on Ft Dix won the event with an
overall time of 1 hour and 1 minute and a team from Dover APS placed
second. This year we have to raise the price of admission because we are
getting nice moisture wicking T-shirts and some of our supplies have
risen in cost. The cost is $60 per 4 person team. Each team member will
receive a T-shirt. This event is a total non-profit event and all
proceeds will go back into the event. 
Please come out and show your support for these mothers. I would only
hope that if something happened to myself while I am serving in the
military, my military family would recognize my mother the way we will
recognize these mothers. Whether you actually compete in the event, pass
out water or be a road guard, you don't want to miss this. 
In order to ensure each person gets a t-shirt, I will need names NLT COB
10 October. 
The event will start and end at the Global Reach Deployment Center, AKA
the 621 CRW warehouse at 0900 on the 17th of October. I hope to see you
Please contact me or MSgt Karen Muncey to get on the list to either
participate or volunteer.
More details to follow. 
MSgt Beason 




Name Sales End Price Fee
Team McGuire's First Sergeants Ruck March   Ended $15 $1.29

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