On August 6, 2011, a tragedy shook the military community and Americans everywhere. In a single instance, America lost 30 military service members, many of whom were members of the Navy SEAL community—and one military K9– when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was downed in Afghanistan. In the wake of the unimaginable tragedy, a mission was born. Following the downing of Extortion 17, a fundraising WOD—hosted at more than 430 gyms around the country with more than 10,000 participants—raised $300,000 over a four-week period to support the 30 families affected. This prompted the organizers to create The 31Heroes Project to remember our fallen heroes and take care of their loved ones. Humbled by the massive response and inspired by the impact on the families of these heroes, 31Heroes recognized an opportunity to reach even more families. Soon, new events and WODs were organized with the help of a growing network of passionate volunteers. Today, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we assist athletes and event organizers around the country with tools and resources to continue the legacy of selflessness and comradery of August 6, 2011. Through strategic alliances with other organizations we can ensure that all proceeds directly fund programs that support service members and their families, including the Navy SEAL community. Since our first event in 2011, more than $1.5 million has been given back to our nation’s heroes and their families through grant-making opportunities and partnership programs. In 2015, The 31Heroes Project launched the initiative to send a designated number of veterans to distinguished brain centers across the country to receive cutting-edge treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.
They’ve left behind more than just memories. They’ve given us a legacy to honor. Together, we can ensure the mission to honor the fallen lives on and veterans are not forgotten when they return home. Those we remember:
Army Sergeant Alexander J Bennett Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Darrik C Benson, PO1 SEAL Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Brian R Bill Air Force Para Rescue Tech Sergeant, John W Brown, Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Christopher G. Campbell Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, David R Carter Petty Officer 1st Class, Information Systems Technician, Jared W Day Navy Master at Arms, Petty Officer 1st Class John “Jet Li” Douangdara Army Specialist Spencer C Duncan Chief Petty Officer, SEAL John W Faas Army Staff Sergeant Patrick D Hamburger Staff Sergeant, Air Force Combat Control Team Andrew W Harvell Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Kevin A Houston Lieutenant Commander, SEAL Jonas B Kelsall Master Chief, SEAL, Louis “Lou” J Langlais Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Matthew D Mason Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Steven “Matt” M Mills Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J Nichols Chief Petty Officer, EOD Nicholas H Null Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Jesse D Pittman Senior Chief, SEAL Thomas A Ratzlaff Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Robert J Reeves Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Heath M Robinson Petty Officer 2nd Class, SEAL Nicholas P Spehar Petty Officer 1st Class, Cryptologist Technician Michael J Strange Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Jon “JT” Tumilson Petty Officer 1st Class, SEAL Aaron C Vaughn Senior Chief, EOD Kraig M K Vickers Chief Petty Officer, SEAL Jason R Workman Air Force ParaRescue Tech Sergeant, Daniel L Zerbe
Bart, K-9 The WOD: AMRAP31
8 Thrusters (155#/105#)
6 Rope Climbs
11 Box Jumps (30"/24")
*Partner A will start working while Partner B runs 400m carrying a sandbag (40#/20#). When Partner B returns from the run they will pick up the work where Partner A left off and Partner A will start the 400m run.
WOD DATE AND TIME: THIS BRO SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE DURING REGULAR CLASSES ON SATURDAY 8/6.