Our soldiers are fit for duty, ready to sacrifice their lives, and enormously patriotic. The United States Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is designed to test the muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of soldiers in the Army. Soldiers are scored based on their performance in three events consisting of the push-up, sit-up, and a two-mile run, ranging from 0 to 100 points in each event. A minimum score of 60 in each event is required to pass the test. The soldier’s overall score is the sum of the points from the three events. If a soldier passes all three events, the total may range from 180 to 300. Active component soldiers are required to take a “record” (meaning for official records) APFT at least twice each calendar year, while reserve component soldiers take one record APFT per year. Army Training Circular 3-22.20 covers the administration of the APFT, as well as ways to conduct individual, squad and unit level physical training sessions. Source: Army Regulation 350-1, Army Training and Leader Development, Washington, DC: Headquarters, Department of the Army, 18 December 2009; Section VI, “Army Training Programs”, 1–24. “Army physical fitness training”, pp 10-13.
The nine-year war in Iraq is finally over but Operation Enduring Freedom ie. the war in Afghanistan, continues. The following are the fallen heroes from New England in a look-back of 2011. This comes from http://www.militarytimes.com/valor/ and is in order of date from most recent backward.
1. Army Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers died October 30. Ari was from New London, CT. This 28-year old died of injuries caused by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade.
2. Army Spc. Steven E. Gutowski died September 28. Steven was from Plymouth, MA. This 24-year old died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
3. Army 1st Lt. Timothy J. Steele died August 23. Timothy was from Duxbuy, MA. This 25-year old died from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.
4. Navy Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill died August 6. Brian was from Stamford, CT. This 31-year old of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down. He was a mountaineer, a skier, a pilot and triathlete. Bill’s decorations include the Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Expert Medal and Pistol Expert Medal.
5. Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston died August 6. Kevin was from West Hyannisport, MA. This 35-year old died from wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down. His decorations include two Bronze Stars with ‘V’ devices for valor; Purple Heart; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device for valor; two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Battle ‘E’ Ribbon; Navy ‘E’ Ribbon; three Good Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal; two Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.
6. Army Spc. Matthew R. Gallagher died on June 6. Matthew 22, was from North Falmouth, MA.
7. Army Spc. Nicholas P. Bernier died June 25. Nicholas was from East Kingston, NH. This 21-year old died of injuries suffered June 22 when insurgents attacked his unit using small-arms fire in Kherwar, Afghanistan. Bernier was a 2007 graduate of Exeter High School, where he was a member of the wrestling and swim teams.
8. Army Staff Sgt. Alan L. Snyder died on June 18. Alan was from Blackston, MA. This 28-year old died of injuries suffered during a vehicle rollover
9. Army Pfc. Eric D. Soufrine died on June 14. Eric was from Woodbridge, CT. This 20-year old died from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device in Farah province, Afghanistan.
10. Marine Cpl. William J. Woitowicz died on June 7. William was from Middlesex, MA. This 23-year old died while conducting combat operations Badghis province, Afghanistan.
11. Army Spc. Richard C Emmons III died on May 31. Richard was from North Granby, CT. This 22-year old died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket propelled grenade.
12. Air Force Maj. Raymond G. Estelle II died on April 27. Raymond was from New Haven, CT. This 40-year old died of wounds sustained from gunfire from an Afghan military trainee.
13. Air Force Maj. David L. Brodeur died on April 27. David was from Auburn, MA. This 34-year old died of wounds sustained from gunfire from an Afghan military trainee
14. Army Spc. Dennis C. Poulin died on March 31. Dennis was from Cumberland, RI. This 26-year old died of injuries sustained March 28 in Konar province, Afghanistan, when his vehicle rolled over.
15. Army Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski III died on March 29. Frank was from Moosup, CT. This 26-year old died from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small-arms fire.
16. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dae Han Park died March 12. Dae was from Watertown, CT. This 36-year old died of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
17. Marine Cpl. Ian M. Muller died on March 11. Ian was from Danville, VT. This 22-year old died while conducting combat operations. he picked the Marines because it’s the toughest and most elite of the military branches. He enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, bodybuilding, soccer and track
18. Army Spc. David R. Fahey Jr. died on February 28. David was from Norwalk, CT. This 23-year old died of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.