December 12, 1985

December 12, 1985

Workout Date:





Bling, Valvano, Hoser, Weedeater, Jingles (RESPECT), Cheesy Biscuit, OneCall (QIC)

The Thang:

COLD – 36, real feel 32 – frost everywhere

Last week Bling had an amazing Pearl Harbor Q with a lot of history and we all talked about how it’s sad that we sometimes don’t know enough about our great country so we should keep some Q’s based on historical events.  So I took the Q for today last week and googled December 12 American History.  Boom.  Lots of stuff.  But one in particular stood out and so, I took it and made it a workout.  We didn’t get through the whole thing, but we did a lot and everyone was pretty smoked!

1 minute warning, discussion of what to wear and what not to wear based on the temperature amongst the PAX.  Bling chose the homeless troll look again.  Also discussion of some surprise by some PAX of Weedeater’s 2nd week in a row, and Cheesy’s long awaited return to #WaveRucker!


The workout and factual data will be interspersed herein for the edification of the PAX (#LawyerTalk)

On December 12, 1985, Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes after takeoff at Gander, Newfoundland – Gander International Airport.  Icing conditions and pilot error as a result of weight and reference speed miscalculations caused this.  The aircraft stalled, crashed, and burned about half a mile from the runway.

We had 7 PAX and 3 sandbags.  We would alternate sandbags every .3 miles.

Referencing the Flight #
1.2 miles to the planes
85 reps – 45 Merkins/40 Squats – with rucks – break up as needed
Quick breather .4 mile ruck lap with talk of the flight and information given

The flight was an international charter flight carrying U.S. troops from Cairo, Egypt, to their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, via Cologne, West Germany, and Gander, Canada.  There were 256 people on the plane.  All of them died – Among the 256 dead were 236 members of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

As of 2018, it is the deadliest aviation accident to occur on Canadian soil and the second-deadliest of any accident involving a DC-8, behind the crash of Nigeria Airways Flight 2120 six years later.  It is also the United States Army’s single deadliest air crash in peacetime

To honor the 236, 23 reps – 6 exercises
Incline Merkins – 23 OYO
Step ups – 23 each leg
Flutters 23 IC with ruck hold/press
Shoulder Presses – 23 OYO
Curls – 23 OYO
Tri Extensions – 23 OYO

 To honor the 101st Airborne Division
1.01 mile ruck with sandbags – switched at .505 miles EXACTLY

The 101st Airborne Division
Also known as the “Screaming Eagles”.  A specialized modular light infantry division of the United States Army trained for air assault operations.  The Screaming Eagles has been referred as “the tip of the spear” by former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and the most potent and tactically mobile of the U.S. Army’s divisions by former Chief of Staff of the Army

101 Dirty Birds with rucks on – #SmokedShoulders

WWII information – The Screaming Eagles parachuted into Normandy and cleared the way for the 1st and 4th Infantry Divisions at Omaha and Utah beaches.

1st and 4th – 1.4 miles back, switching sandbags every .3 miles

And that was time…but we spent a few minutes with the final information and the work that still could be done later:

After 33 days of continuous fighting, including a bitter battle for the town of Carentan, the 101st returned to England to prepare for future airborne operations. On 17 September 1944, the 101st jumped into Holland during Operation “Market Garden”.  Holding a narrow corridor 16 miles long, through enemy territory, from Eindhoven to Grave, the division fought against heavy odds for ten days. The division then continued its role in the liberation of Holland, spending a total of 72 days in combat.

33 BBSU’s
72 LBC’s

In November 1944, the 101st returned to France for a well-deserved rest, only to be called to action again in the Battle of the Bulge. While defending the critical transportation hub of Bastogne, Belgium, the 101st was surrounded by advancing enemy forces who demanded immediate surrender. The acting division commander, Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe, made history with his classic reply, “Nuts!” The siege was broken on 26 December 1944, but the fighting continued until 18 January 1945.

Spell NUTS – use important dates for rep count
26 Newton’s Cradle – Get in plank; left arm up and down, then right
19 Up Downs
44 Tempo Squats
45 SSH’s

Count-O-Rama – 7
Prayer requests and PRAISE for Veterans and our FREE COUNTRY!
Prayer requests for travel and holidays and for us to be LIGHTS to our families and others!
Prayer requests unspoken

– Valvano tried to pull one over on his M with the GORUCK 12 days of Christmas sale.  But she’s onto his games.  Valvano tells his M the MAC-V boots are on sale and you get a free event, so a $180 Heavy will be free, so it’s like he’s making money buying the boots for less than the Heavy would cost!!  But of course, she looks him square in the eyes, well, after she stands on a step-ladder, and then says, so, how much do the Toughs cost?!!?  #BurnedByTheM
– Jingles has him there a woman folk from Canada.  Or something like that.  Also, what we initially thought was his hip breaking was just the crunching of acorns underfoot
– Cheesy agreed to never miss a #WaveRucker again and he thinks that Flash and Billboard are pathetic for not showing up.
– Weedeater loves rucking now and he too will never miss again and is ready for a Q in January.
– Hoser’s knowledge of history is AWESOME!  It’s great to have him anytime, but especially when we do something like this, he shares so much great info!
– Bling – Brought the tunes strong today.  At least for most of the workout before pulling a Geno and having his battery die!

– Christmas Party – THIS!!!  Saturday December 15, 2018 – 7PM – Sign up here:
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– Huge UGLY SWEATER Christmas Convergence on December 22 at 0700 at #BombSquad!!  DO NOT MISS!!











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