First off, whoever is in charge of this whole teleportation thing needs to get on it, por favor. I spent a total of about 4 hours in the car today, and while it was TOTALLY worth it, I loathe traffic… So yeah. ASAP. Please.
Today kicked supreme booty. Spent a lot of time with family. In fact, I hit the trifecta of it all – hung out with Awesome Neighbor* and her baby, ran Greenlake with my sister in law, then scooted up north a bit to hang out with my other sister in law and her family. By the end of the day, Silly was exhausted. I, however, apparently still had a bit of fire burning and set out for another 5ish mile run, bringing today’s total to 8. I felt like I was flying. Near the end of my run, my calves were burning, sweat was dripping, and my smile was beaming. My average pace for the later run was 9 minutes a mile [ahem, negative splits as well], which if any of you know me, will agree that it’s a huge improvement. With that said, maybe I’ve been too eager in my running – upon coming home, my left knee immediately started hurting… ??! I’m taking it as a sign – I’ll be at the gym tomorrow if you need me.
* Awesome Neighbor, if you’re reading this 1) Please bring the sun back with you 2) I promise not to hate you, if you come back all tan 3) Seriously. The sun. Not kidding. [i even said please.]
Today, I ran my 8 miles for these fallen military members –
Air Force Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II // June 12, 1965 – February 22, 2002
MSgt McDaniel, 29, of Greeneville, Ohio was assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. From what I am reading, he was a born again Christian whose top priorities were his faith, family, and his job as a pararescueman. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and their son, Alex. I am reading that his wife was pregnant at the time of his deployment, but that is all I am finding. The MH-47E Chinook helicopter crashed at sea in the southern Philippines during a training exercise.
Army Spc. Jason A. Disney // March 30, 1981 – February 13, 2002
Spc Disney, 21, of Fallon, Nevada was assigned to the 7th Transportation Battalion, based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. When he was a freshman in high school, he enrolled in the schools’ Naval Junior ROTC Program. He was killed in a heavy equipment accident at Bagram Air Force Base.
Marine Corps Sgt. Dwight J. Morgan // May 18, 1977 – January 20, 2002
Sgt. Morgan, 24, of Mendocino California was assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar California. From doing some research, there apparently was a 7th Heaven episode in his honor, called “The Known Soldier”. He left behind a wife, Teresa, and son, Alex. Sgt. Morgan was killed when a CH-53E he was flying on, crashed into mountains in northern Afghanistan.
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Walter F. Cohee III // April 17, 1975 – January 20, 2002
S Sgt Cohee, 26, of Wicomico, Maryland was assigned to the Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar California. This memorable Marine was motivational, and had a ‘can do’ attitude that his superiors noticed immediately. “Trae” is survived by his parents, Walter and Jeanne and brother Kris. S Sgt Cohee was killed when a CH-53E he was flying on, crashed into mountains in northern Afghanistan.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Bertrand // August 12, 1978 – January 9, 2002
LCpl Bertrand, 23, of Coos Bay, Oregon was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which he was the flight navigator. A football standout in high school, LCpl Bertrand was ferociously proud of his country, taking the opportunity to join the Marine Corps as soon as he could. A friend and teammate comments, “”In the thick and the thin, he was always there right beside you,”.
Marine Corps Capt. Daniel G. McCollum // December 6, 1973 – January 9, 2002
Capt. McCollum, 29, of Irmo, South Carolina was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which he was the co-pilot. Capt. McCollum grew up in South Carolina, before obtaining his degree in electrical engeneering and then commissioning into the Marine Corps. He left behind his wife, Jennifer, and their son Daniel Jr., born five months after Capt. McCollum died.
Marine Corps Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters // May 4, 1976 – January 9, 2002
Sgt. Winters, 25, of Gary, Indiana was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. She and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which she was the radio operator. Joining the Marines, she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her brother. Her high school track coach recalls, “She had a determination not to quit. Many times she ran in pain. (One time) I asked her `Why don’t you just quit and get off the track?’ She said, `Coach, I just can’t quit.”‘. She was the first female casualty in the war, and is survived by father and brothers.
Marine Corps Capt. Matthew W. Bancroft // July 6, 1972 – January 9, 2002
Capt. Bancroft, 29, of Redding, California was assigned to Marine Aerial Transport Refueler Squadron 352, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. He and seven other Marines were killed in the crash of a KC-130 in Pakistan, on which he was the pilot. Capt.Bancroft received his commission through the US Naval Academy in May of 1994, and got his “wings” in October of 1996. He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen, and their three children, Sean, Christian, and Bailey Madison.