Air commandos trek across county

Air Commando ruckers about to cross the John Gorrie Bridge; from left, Meagan Freeman, Sarah Mrak, R Photo available for purchase

Air Commando ruckers about to cross the John Gorrie Bridge; from left, Meagan Freeman, Sarah Mrak, Robert Sisco and John Trostle.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

A group of American heroes trekked across Franklin County last week raising money to aid the families of those who give all for their country.

For the third consecutive year, members of the Air Commando Ruck walked between McDill Air Force Base in Tampa , and Hurlburt Field in Mary Esther.

This year, 14 men and women - two teams of three and two teams of four - donned 40-pound rucksacks for the 450-mile march.

The journey began on March 30 and ended April 4. The teams rotate; each team does 12 miles. The goal of $30,000 was reached.

According to WWW.aorcommando.org, the website for the Air Commando Association, “The ruck was originally created to honor the men that paid the ultimate sacrifice that night, but since then, we have expanded the march to include all the members that have fallen due to combat or training exercises. “

Team 1 crossed the John Gorrie Bridge on April 2, but stopped for an interview.

 “This was the friendliest stretch we’ve gone through on the ruck,” said spokesperson Meagan Freeman. “Everyone we passed at least waved. Some people stopped to talk and some even turned around and came back to see what was going on.”



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