Tribute – 1.18.22

PAX: @Fencepost (F3Dayton) @Jalisco @Night Light @Oscar Mayer @Singlet @Tiny Dancer

Q: @Soul Glo

Michael Phelps
Good mornings
Willie Mays Hayes

Thang 1

Complete as many reps as possible in 15 minutes of:
1 back squat, 1 shoulder press, 1 deadlift
2 back squats, 2 shoulder presses, 2 deadlifts
3 back squats, 3 shoulder presses, 3 deadlifts

Thang 2

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 pull-ups
10 merkins
15 squats
5 pull-ups
10 thrusters

Check #_announcementsPrayer requests:
Fencepost save travels with M to Florida an be Myrtle Beach
@Tiny Dancer‘s 2.0 allergic reaction
@Heidi (1st F Q)‘s family
Snoops family and all of F3 Franklin

Moleskin:U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Christopher “Otis” Raible, 40, of North Huntington, Pennsylvania, was killed by insurgents during an attack on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on Sept. 14, 2012. Raible joined the Marines in 1995, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was the commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211 out of Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

Raible trained CrossFit with his wife, Donnella, and daughter Catherine. His favorite movements were deadlifts, squats, overhead presses and bench presses.

He is survived by his wife, Donnella; daughters, Catherine and Allison; and son, Brian.

At about 10:15 p.m. on Friday, 14 September, LtCol Raible had just finished having dinner with one of his deputies, Maj Greer Chambless, and was preparing to go to his quarters to have a video-chat with his wife Donnella and their 3 children, who were at their home in Yuma, AZ. At that time, the first blasts were heard from the flight line as 15 Taliban insurgents, wearing U.S. Army uniforms and armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs), machine guns, and suicide vests, launched a coordinated attack that breached Camp Bastion’s perimeter. The insurgents immediately began destroying Harriers. Quickly putting on body armor and armed only with his semi-automatic 9-millimeter pistol (his rifle was not near that location), after checking on his Marines in billeting, LtCol Raible moved to the point of attack. He observed that the attackers had split into 3 groups: 2 were focused on destroying aircraft and the 3rd hurried to kill Marines as they slept.

Under enemy fire, Raible moved across an open area of about 100 yards and acquired a handful of mechanics, avionics technicians, landing support specialists, and bulk fuelers to form a quick reaction force. Organizing a hasty counterattack, LtCol Raible split his small force into 2 groups. One group engaged the Taliban headed toward the main side of Camp Bastion, while Raible led the other 8 Marines to engage the insurgents in a maintenance hangar.

Raible’s aggressive counter attack forced the Taliban to break off their assault and seek cover. That action allowed dozens of Marines to find a more secure firing position from which to limit the enemy’s advance. The AH–1W Cobra and UH–1Y Huey helicopters stationed at Camp Bastion began to take off in order to avoid the flames from burning aircraft. While Raible and his team engaged the insurgents in the hanger, the now-airborne helicopters used their night vision equipment and infrared sensors to spot the enemy and commence gun and rocket attacks on them.

The defense of Camp Bastion became stronger as more Marines arrived to reinforce vital positions. A dismounted helicopter crew fired a 240G machinegun at the enemy’s RPG flashes and other Marines engaged the Taliban from the bus normally used to transport flight crews to chow. The deadly fight raged for 4 hours until Marines killed 14 of the insurgents and captured one wounded man. The Marines and British troops spent the rest of the night ensuring that there were no more infiltrators.

At some point during the 4-hour firefight, LtCol Raible and Sgt Bradley Atwell were both killed by shrapnel from rocket propelled grenades. They were the only Marines killed. Eight other Marines were wounded, 1 civilian contractor was wounded, 6 AV–8B Harrier attack aircraft were destroyed, and 2 other Harriers badly damaged. Three refueling points were also destroyed.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device
Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal with Strike/Flight Numeral 15
Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star
Navy & Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with Bronze Star
NATO Service Medal – International Security Assistance Force
Naval Aviator Badge

Police Officer Arthur “Artie” Lopez, 29, of Babylon Village, New York, was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 23, 2012. Officer Lopez, a decorated eight-year veteran of the force, was serving on the Emergency Services Unit at the Nassau County Police Department at the time of his death. He kept himself in peak physical condition for the job as a member of CrossFit Merrick in Bellmore, New York. Fran and Cindy were among his favorite workouts.

He is survived by his sister, Charo; and parents, Alfonso and Mirella. “The word Arthur — his very name — comes from the name of the brightest light and brightest star,” said Nassau police chaplain Gerard Gordon.

“It was that bright star that guided all the others,” Gordon told the packed church. “For the rest of his brief life, he fought against darkness and evil.”

Scheiner, Lopez’s superior officer in the Emergency Service Unit, fought back tears as he remembered one of his favorite cops.”

He was like a sparkling electric wire — totally out of control and enthusiastic,” Scheiner said. “His work ethic was unparalleled. He was a partner you could rely on.”

Artie loved to joke and make people smile.” And, the choked-up lieutenant added, Lopez was a devoted son: “He had to always call his mother before he started work.”

During his time on the force, Lopez earned six meritorious service awards, three excellent police duty awards and several other command recognitions.

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