The Air Commandos are rucking and climbing to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and to honor five Air Commandos that fell this year in the of line of duty. On 3 February, sixteen Air Commandos will start their journey from Hurlburt Field, FL and will arrive at MacDill AFB on 8 February. Also, two Air Commandos will travel to Tanzania and begin their ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Our route will cover 450 miles and take us along Highway 98, (old 98 and 30A for a short stretch) through the communites of Ft Walton Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Watercolor, Seaside, Alys Beach, Grayton, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, Port St Joe, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Carabelle, Perry, turning onto route 19 towards Cross City, Fanning Springs, Chiefland, Otter Creek, Inglis, Crystal River, Homosassa Springs. Our second to last leg takes us on highway 41 passing through Brooksville, Masaryktown, Wilson Heights, Trojantown, and finally into Tampa.
We welcome everyone to come out and celebrate with us or even ruck a few miles.You can follow us on Facebook for updates:www.facebook.com/pages/Air-Commando-Ruckers/274979869218743
Created in 1980, Special Operations Warrior Foundation is devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps during an operational or training mission under the U.S. Special Operations Command. This includes over 70,000 military special operations and support personnel assigned to units throughout the United States and around the world.
The Warrior Foundation is currently committed to providing scholarship grants to more than 900 children of the approximately 800 Special Operations personnel who have given their lives for their country since 1980, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as "Operation Iraqi Freedom."
Currently, 190 children of fallen special operations warriors have graduated from college.
Since 2005, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided immediate $3,000 cash grants to personnel seriously wounded in the line of duty. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, the SOWF immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so family members can immediately travel to be at their loved one's bedside. Since this program began in 2005, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided over $1.2 million to wounded special operations personnel.