11 Nov

em>Wednesday November 011,192014
So this Veterans Day Hero WOD will be to honor a Army hero by the name of SSG Joshua R. Hager. As I was trying to search for more details about SSG Hager I came across a blog from his father, which I wanted to share with everyone.

“On Feb. 23, 2007 my world and more was forever changed. Stopped at a traffic light about 2 miles from home, my cell rang and caller ID said Heather was calling.

“Hi there,” I said. The silence told me everything.

“We lost him,” she cried and said she couldn’t keep talking.

I started to sob, yell, scream, shake, everything that a father goes through when told your son has been killed. I wondered if I could make it to my condo. I knew if I stopped, pulled over somewhere, I would have to call my wife and she would never be able to safely drive. So I made the turn and got to the condo. I did not have a key and pounded on the door till Wendy unlocked it. She looked at my face and new the terrible truth.

Josh was gone.

SSG Joshua Hager was killed in action on a dark road in Ramadi. He had organized and inspected every vehicle and every member of the Scout Platoon including the commander. Lt. Col. Ferry relied upon Josh to make certain everything was in order before they went out. They went out many times. The first Humvee missed the IED. Josh was in the second and was hit by a deeply buried Iranian made IED. Col. Ferry pulled the lifeless body from the wreckage and worked to help the wounded. Rushing to support the attack, another Humvee with the medic hit IED number two. Spc Buford and Walters were killed trying to aid my son and his boys.

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One week before Josh was killed he and I had a nice talk on the telephone. He asked about my business and we talked about Bayley. Lastly I ask about his job. He never said much, the unsaid speaking more than words can.

But he did say this, “Dad, I will stay here for six years if it takes that to keep Bayley from having to fight in this sand box.”

Josh believed in his mission and that mission was to keep his boys safe. Josh taught every soldier he came in contact with how to be the best possible soldier so others would be safer. Josh was there for his boys. They are all there for us.”

To honor SSG Hager we will be doing his Hero WOD “Josh”


Reps for time:

21 – Overhead squats

42 – Pull-ups

15 – Overhead squats

30 – Pull-ups

9 – Overhead squats

18 – Pull-ups

For Time

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