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Memorial Day 'Murph' honors fallen comrades

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mariah Haddenham
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
More than 150 members of Team Andersen participated in a Memorial Day CrossFit "Murph" May 23, 2013, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam to pay homage to service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The workout, hosted by the 736th Security Forces Squadron, was named after U.S. Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy, one of five SEALs who was killed June, 28, 2005. During a mission in Afghanistan, he left cover and exposed himself to enemy fire in order to establish radio contact with his headquarters. He was able to provide his unit's location and requested immediate support. He then returned to his position and continued to fight until he died from his wounds.

The workout consisted of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, then another one-mile run, all while wearing 20 pounds of body armor. Participants aimed to complete the workout in 90 minutes.

"I found the workout challenging, but it really puts everything in perspective," said Airman 1st Class Sarah Bartley, 736th Security Forces Squadron rifleman. "I feel like I am paying respect to those who served before me, and put forth all my effort to complete the workout as a sign of gratitude for what they did for me. They gave everything for us, this is the least we can do for them."

The 736th SFS hosted this particular event, as they have done with other CrossFit workouts throughout the year, as a way to come together physically and mentally to celebrate fallen heroes for Memorial Day.

"I'm proud of my squadron every day, but the pride I felt after the Murph was intense," said Maj. Tara Opielowski, 736th SFS commander. "The guys went above and beyond to put on a professional event, and all of our participants showed up with a great attitude. It was hard to not be motivated that morning; it was contagious. A workout like that might leave some exhausted, but everyone who I came across seemed to be enthusiastic, rejuvenated and extremely proud."

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