Honor Through Actions
By 1st Lt. Jaime Blanton, 134ARW/PAO
/ Published May 02, 2009
Gatlinburg, Tenn. --
Nineteen members of the 134th Security Forces Squadron competed in the second annual Mountain Man March in Gatlinburg, Tenn. on April 4th. It took the last Security Forces Member over 62,000 steps to complete the grueling 26.2 mile Mountain Man March in 10 hours. Sixteen SFS members completed the march which was no small feat considering only 100 of the 220 participants "Honor Through Actions" finished the tough, mountainous trek through the Smoky Mountains. Many participants suffered painful blisters, twisted ankles and dehydration. The pain was amplified by the requirement to start and finish carrying a minimum of 35lbs plus food and water. Tech. Sgt. Joseph Hungate said, "That was physically the most challenging thing that I have ever done." The first Mountain Man March was hosted in 2008 by the ROTC detachment at the University of Tennessee. The march was initially held in honor of 1LT Frank Walkup, an UT alumnus killed in Iraq in 2007. The march is also a tribute to all the men and women in uniform and is aimed at demonstrating appreciation for those who have sacrificed and continue sacrificing for the country by walking a mile in their boots.