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Security forces personnel honor fallen heroes in annual ruck march

SAN ANTONIO – The fifteenth Annual Fallen Defender Memorial Ruck March at Camp Bullis noticed its greatest turn-out ever, following setbacks attributable to the COVD-19 pandemic. 

The memorial ruck march is an arduous occasion the place service members honor and bear in mind the selfless sacrifice made by different heroes.

“Today is our 15th Annual Fallen Defender, Fallen Ruck. We do this yearly. It’s our biggest event of the year here, at the 343 Training Squadron here on Lackland,” Sasha Euley, Tech Sgt., USAF stated.

With all the thrill and vitality, the service women and men gathered actually for one purpose solely, Tech Sgt. Ramir Looney stated.

“We are here for a common goal, a common reason, and that is to honor those who have fallen and those have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us all for us right now,” Looney stated.

The conventional ruck march is a strenuous hike, with a really heavy backpack.

“Our minimum for the ruck or the backpacks that they have on was a 30-pound ruck and then we know that we have some overachievers and not overachievers, but some people who will go above and beyond. So, it could go from 30 all the way up to about 50-pounds, and then from there, they just have on a couple of our other patches and things of that nature just to pay tribute for those individuals,” Looney stated.

Defenders ran or hiked roughly 5 miles in the course of the march on a well-known course.

“We call it ‘Three Bears’ here on Camp Bullis, and we are instructors here at the three, four, three — we are very familiar with it because we do it all the time when it comes to training,” Euley stated.

The message for the day was easy.

“We are continuing their legacy, you know, and that that is such an honor and it’s an honor to get everybody who comes out here to support this thing, you know, because it is it is very huge. It takes a lot of hard work to put together and just to see the fruits of our labors and the things that we do to continue to pay special tribute. The excitement is through the roof,” Euley stated.

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