SGT Cornell Houston
Houston was assigned to C Company, 41st Engineering Battalion, at Fort Drum. He had arrived in Somalia in August 1993 on his second tour as part of the Quick Reaction Force (based in Mogadishu at the University Compound). The first tour was during the initial invasion force that when into Somalia under the direction of George H. W. Bush. Houston told family members that he had a sense that things were worse the second time around. During the Battle of Mogadishu, Houston was part of the Quick Reaction Force rescue convoy that went in to secure downed Blackhawk helicopters and save pinned down Rangers. He was wounded by gunfire and shrapnel on October 3, sustaining chest and other internal injuries, and died October 6 in the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany. Houston has been honored posthumously with the Purple Heart medal, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor, and de Fleury Medal.
WEATHER: WET GROUND, BUT A LITTLE COOLER THAN NORMAL
QIC: JUNIOR VARSITY
PAX: SPAULDING(R), NAENAE, MINIVAN(R), SQUID(R), SCHNITZEL(R), HERMANOS, RADAR, AMBIEN(R-HBD), BARTMAN(R)
WE BARELY MADE IT TO THE FLAG AND THE MUMBLECHATTER STARTED. YHC GOT US OFF WITH A QUICK DISCLAIMER AND ENSURED THE PAX WERE COMFORTABLE AND FELT SURE THEIR COMMENTS WERE HEARD AND APPRECIATED. HOWEVER, SOME MEN FEEL THEIR BOTTOMS SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM GOD’S GREEN EARTH AND THEY SIMPLY CANNOT BE PLEASED. IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT THE ONLY STUPID THING WE DID THIS MORNING!
50 SSH/25 MONKEY HUMPERS/20 LBC’S/10 FLUTTER KICKS/1 TTT
LUNGE THE FIELD AND RUN IT BACK
3 ROUNDS – 20 FLUTTER KICKS/10 BIG BOYS
SHUFFLE TO THE BRICK CIRCLE
50 BOX JUMPS/40 STEP UPS/30 BOX JUMPS/20 STEP UPS/10 BOX JUMPS (TAKING A FEW STEPS TO THE RIGHT FOR STEP UPS ON HIGHER GROUND AND BACK LEFT FOR BOX JUMPS)
THEN WE PLANKED IT UP AND BROKE OFF IN PAIRS TO RACE TO THE SMALL FIELD BY THE PLAYGROUND ENTRANCE WHERE WE WAITED IN A PLANK
ONCE THE FINAL PAIR CAME IN WE DID 10 WINDSHIELD WIPERS/20 ISO FLUTTER KICKS(RIGHT LEG AND LEFT LEG) X 3
NEXT UP WAS BUDDY DRAGS ACROSS THE SHORT FIELD AND FLAP JACK
THEN WE LUNGED BACK TO THE CIRCLE WHERE WE DID SOME BULGARIAN SQUATS (ONE LEG UP ON BRICK) 10 IC EACH LEG X 2 SETS
FINALLY WE LUNGED BACK TO THE SF FOR THOR!
THOR’S HAMMER 1 BIG BOY AND 4 TWISTS, 2 AND 8, 3 AND 12…10 AND 40
COUNT OFF AND NAME-O-RAMA
SCHNITZEL AND SPAULDING MADE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT LUNCH NEXT WEDNESDAY AT GUISSEPPIS AND THE COVNERGENCE IN BEAUFORT ON SAT OF LABOR DAY WEEKEND AT 0700.
THEY WERE FOLLOWED BY OUR MEMORIAL OF SGT HOUSTON, PRAYER REQUESTS AND FINALLY OUR PRAYER.
IT WAS A SURPRISING SHOWING FOR YHC ON THE Q, BUT THE PAX MAY HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SURPRISED TODAY. NO GARAGE AND NO BURPEES WERE ON THE MENU. THERE WERE SOME VISITORS AT THE PAVILION WHO SEEMED TO BE WONDERING WHAT IN THE HELL WE WERE DOING OUT THERE THAT EARLY AND IN THE DARK, BUT THEY DID NOT ENGAGE.
THE BULGARIAN LUNGES PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE AND GOT EVERYONE’S LEGS A LITTLE TIGHT. MINIVAN ALMOST WENT DOWN DOING BIG BOY SITUPS, BUT MANAGED TO WORK THROUGH IT. NO DOUBT HE WILL BLAME YHC’S WORKOUT WHEN HE TRIPS OVER HIS OWN FEET DURING THE FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE ON SATURDAY.
GOOD WORK OUT THERE TODAY MEN!