Just so we all remember why we are there tomorrow I wanted to post the history of the WOD. I also want to encourage all members to come and and participate or cheer on their friends/family… As always we will scale the WOD as needed (from air squats, to ring rows, to box step ups, to walking 200 meters – it does not matter what your physical capacity is!). The important thing is that we never forget. See you all tomorrow.
The History of 31 Heroes, as explained by Wikipedia:
On 6 August 2011, an American CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American special operations personnel, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, seven Afghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog (so 31 represents the 30 Americans plus one dog killed). It is considered the worst loss of U.S. Military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign, surpassing Operation Red Wings in 2005 (Note: during Operation Red Wings, on 28 June 2005, a Chinook helicopter carrying a U.S. Navy SEAL team was shot down by a RPG round as it attempted to extract U.S. troops on the ground – this event is detailed in the book and movie “The Lone Survivor”, where sixteen Navy SEALs and Army special operations troops were killed and three more SEALs were killed in fighting on the ground).
Of the Navy SEALs that were killed 15 were members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), also known as SEAL Team Six. This unit is also known for having carried out the Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. The other two Navy SEALs killed in the helicopter shootdown were from a West Coast-based SEAL unit. The five other Navy personnel were NSW support personnel. In addition to the NSW losses, three AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command) operators died in the crash: one Combat Controller and two Pararescuemen, all members of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. Their deaths are the greatest single loss of life ever suffered by the U.S. Special Operations community in the 30+ year history of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
A source from the Navy’s special operations community described the reaction as, “Shock and disbelief. There’s no precedent for this. It’s the worst day in our history by a mile.”