September Ruck Event Preblast


The September Ruck Event will be a good ole fashion game of capture the flag. – See the backblast for this event


Capture the Flag Ruck (Full credit to our brothers in Louisville for this idea)

From a center point (Inside the Five), each team will be assigned a slice of the pie. Within that slice, you must place your flag. Teams will be generated in early September. All HCs welcome and will be added.

Each Team will nominate a Captain, who will receive a flag with your team number. 

  • Your flag cannot be planted until the night of the event, which is where you must start.
  • Your flag must be in a public area.
  • It must be planted in the ground.
  • It cannot be covered, hidden or disguised.
  • It must remain in the original condition as when you received it.
  • Your flag cannot be placed somewhere where it is likely to be removed or that will put other Pax in serious danger.

It is recommended that you scout your location prior to the Ruck to maximize your time rucking.

Each Pax participating will receive a paper map of the Ruck Area (non-satellite) from their Captain. No Pax may use a phone, GPS watch, or other device to map or otherwise track locations.

At exactly 7:30  pm, the Team Captain will take a picture of their paper map with the exact location of their Flag marked with an X. This picture must be clear and the X must indicate, as close as possible, where the flag is located. The X cannot be so large that it does not show where the flag is located. The picture will then be sent via text to all other Team Captains, along with the Team Number associated with the map image.

At this point, the game is on.

The Objective: ruck to as many flags as possible, taking a clear picture of the flag showing the Team Number and at least one Team member and your team weight. The team that returns to Inside the Five by 10:30 pm with the most pictures of flags wins. Losers buy beers. Any team that fails to return by 10:30 pm is disqualified. Each team must have a 30lb team weight at all times in addition to Rucks loaded with minimum weight of 20lbs if less than 150lbs or 30lbs if more than 150lbs and full water bladder.

See additional details and rules below. This will be a great chance for some solid 1F and 2F.



10 Teams; 30+ Pax.  Here is your (maybe) Final update/packing list:

updated 9/21/18

  1. Each team must have a sharpie to mark their map (or a marker capable of marking a laminated map), so they can clearly mark the map and text the image at 7:30 pm.
  2. Teams must stay together at all times.
  1. “Captured flag” images must show the flag, team number, team weight and at least one member of the Team.  Team Captains must take the photo. This is the only time Teams or Team Members may use a phone (also no gps watches or other crap. Don’t be that guy).*
  1. Chem light (which will be provided to you with your flag) must be attached to the top of the flag and activated before leaving the flag.  Team number must be placed over the rounded top of the flag to ensure it does not come off. Flags cannot be altered, hidden, obscured, or changed from the condition in which they’re provided. Trinity has flags for Captains and will coordinate delivery with Team Captains.
  1. Each team must have a 30lb team weight (kettlebell, plate, sandbag, mannequin, etc.), plus individual rucks with 30lb plate/equivalent if over 150lb and 20lbs if less than150lb. Each Pax must have a full water bladder or equivalent water source and nutrition. All rucks must have reflectors, wear reflective clothing and headlamps should be worn and on at all times when on the road. Pack anything else you want.
  1. Team must return to Inside the Five by 10:30 pm or you’re disqualified.
  1. Do NOT cut through private property.  Stay on sidewalks and roads. Use common sense and judgment.
  1.  Place the flag in public area where it is unlikely to be removed and where it is unlikely to any way endanger Pax.
  1.  The Team with the most Captured Flag images wins and losers buy beers.
  1.  Meet at your flag location prior to 7:30 pm, so we can start at 7:30 pm sharp.  Consider carpooling or ride sharing to avoid leaving your car.
  1. Everyone should bring a piece of paper, packed inside of their ruck with the following details:

    Full Name:

    Emergency contact name and number:

*In the event of emergency, please use your phone.  If you run into any trouble, the Captains have a text string with all other Captain’s phone numbers for easy contact.

The Legend of Mad Anthony (August 2018 Ruck Event)

PAX: Flo, Mother Rucker, Mercy, Patriot, Q*Bert, Chew Toy, Bambi, Huckleberry, Houdini, Cousteau, Billy Bob, Lavar, Bourbon, Bluto, Tupac

Quadre: Jimmy Dean

After going over the mission of F3 and the 5 core principles, YHC took it upon himself to explain that as a Quadre, he would be part Q and part Cadre for the event. This meant that at times he would be leading as a Cadre (and thus not participating in the PT/drills) and at times he would be leading as a Q (participating in the PT/drills). He also made sure the disclaimer was done with great care, stressing that he would be asking the group to do things that were challenging and/or new to them. He wanted to be sure that every man knew he could modify as needed as well as that the Quadre took seriously the safety of the event.

Spring 1794

General Jimmy Dean looked among his men. He had been training most of these men for nearly two years, with part of his men being assigned to him from Kentucky. The mounted Kentuckians had joined up after he led his men from Legionville down to Fort Washington, and assimilating them had proven challenging, but worthwhile.

Spring had come earlier this year than normal, and General JD knew it was time to finish up the drills before they set out on their trek northward to fight the Indians.

He looked upon his men again and then gave the command for them to fall in. Quickly, the men scrambled to get into formation and, due to their surprise, took a touch longer than the General
cared for. He walked through their formation as the men nervously looked at him.

He walked to another part of the training field and called for them to fall in again. Better this time, but not quite there. A third time, and a fourth, until General JD was satisfied.

A fifth, and final fall in, command was given. This time, his men were sharp and quick to formation. General JD had the men get into an extended formation for PT. This formation command was repeated a couple times as the men got better and better.

Various PT exercises were called out as the General gave an update to his men. After the War for Independence, Congress had called for a disbanding of the Continental Army, yet the Indians were wreaking havoc on the settlers as they made their way into Ohio.

Though the disbanding was called for two times, Congress decided to keep some troops on hand to help secure peace in the new Northwest Territory.

Though there was a presence of a military of some sort, two different generals of the First American Regiment had tried and failed to defeat Chief Little Turtle and the Indians with covert aid from the British who were still lingering around.

General JD sighed and opened his eyes. All he could picture was the massacre of that second attempt. Over 600 American men were killed in that fateful journey and the wounded left on the battlefield were scalped by the Indians.

It was after this that President Froman called for a reorganization of an Army. The newly formed Legion of the United States was Congress’s answer, and General JD was chosen as the man to train the men well enough to defeat the Indians and succeed in victory.

The fate of the entire young country depended on his success. And he felt the weight of it.

For the past two years, General JD had been training these men. He had given his squads books on drills and formations, taught them how to fire at close range so they would not be skittish in battle. He also showed them how to use their bayonets as stressed the importance of personal marksmanship.

And the time had now come to see if they had what it took.

PT was finished, and the General announced to his men that it was time to begin their journey northward to fight the Indians and secure the Northwest Territory.

The men were divided into squads. Brigadier General Bambi and Colonel Mercy led General JD’s infantry, while Brigadier General Bluto led the Legion’s cavalry and Colonel Bourbon led the mounted Kentuckians.

They gathered up their supplies: two forty pound sandbags, three sixty pound sandbags, and one part of the team weight from the GrowRuck, and the men were ready to go. Private Chew Toy grabbed the flag, and the 5+ mile ruck from Fort Washington along the Ohio River up to the western frontier began.

August 1794

Private Huckleberry awoke from a dream. It wasn’t a bad dream, but really a recollection of what he and his fellow Legion men had gone through the last several months. In addition to carrying
all of their personal gear, the men took turns carrying part of the regiment gear.

None of the extra gear was too difficult on its own, but over time and miles, each pound felt heavier and heavier. His brothers at arms were quick to lend a hand, not just to him, but to anyone who needed it. This made the burden not feel so bad and conversations had along the way helped to pass the time.

General Jimmy Dean was careful to keep his men both moving along and together. He, with great help from his squad leaders, were able to monitor how each man was doing throughout the ruck. At each stop, calls were made to drink and stretch so no one would get dehydrated or stiff.

Four times scouts were sent ahead to ensure safe passage across routes that were known to be filled with hostile Indians. Twice a halt call was made as hostiles passed by. Once the way was clear, the men passed and continued.

It was now early August, and the men had arrived just south of the Maumee River and knew their moment for battle was coming soon.

Some final preparations were made by way of more field drills. This time, the general had the men divided into their squads and they practiced the cover/move drill down an open field. He
watched with amazement how his squad leaders owned their role and got their squads to perform the drills so well at the first attempt.

He looked at his men and smiled to himself.

They. Were. Ready.

20 August 1794

Sergeant Mother Rucker woke early to BG Bambi calling throughout the camp for the men to get up and get ready for battle. He quickly got his things around and joined his squad outside the tent.

He could already see the other squads forming and hear the horses whinny. He knew Colonel Bourbon was having his men saddle up the horses.

BG Bluto’s men were already prepared, as well as their horses. He could hear some of his men’s sabers clink as they hit their canteens. The grass was damp from the overnight dew and the air was sticky from the heat.

Colonel Mercy could be seen in a distance talking with his men. They would be in the thick of the battle and he was inspiring the men in the hours before attack.

General Jimmy Dean stepped out of his tent. He already knew his men would be ready to go. The air was thick and the dew had begun to burn off the grass.

This was it. Today was the day. Two years of preparation for this moment in time.
Here. We. Go.

20 August 1794, 0900

General Jimmy Dean decided he would split the squads into a formation as follows: BG Bambi and Colonel Mercy would lead the infantry right up the middle towards the Indians. BG Bluto
and Colonel Bourbon would take the flanks; Bourbon’s mounted Kentuckians guarded the left while Bluto’s calvary covered the right.

The horsemen began low crawling their way into the fight as the infantry began doing cover/move down the open field. The men were strong and waiting for the right strike.

The Indians were slightly caught off guard since they were usually the ones initiating the attack. Suddenly, General Jimmy Dean saw his opportunity and yelled “charge!”

All at once, the infantry took off in a bayonet charge, mowing down the Indians as they came to them. At the same time, the cavalry and mounted militia charged forward and chased down the Indians who were running away, cutting them down with their sabers.

The battle lasted less than an hour, with 33 of General Jimmy Dean’s men killed and a complete rout of the Indians.

The victory came swiftly. The victory was decisive. The victory had weight beyond measure for the newly created republic called the United States of America.

31 August 2018

YHC informed the men of the significance of this battle, not just to the area, but to the entire country. Because of this victory and the ensuing peace treaty:

  • The US Army was firmly re-established and is the world’s finest army to this day.
  • The Northwest Territory was secured for America.
  • The Indians signed a peace treaty, allowing for a less hostile settling of the area.
  • The British agreed to completely leave the States.

It is no understatement that the Battle of Fallen Timbers was one of the biggest milestones in our American military history and in history itself. The effects coming out of this victory are still felt today.

After the PT in the parking lot of Fallen Timbers, a 5+ mile ruck with coupons, and the field drills and battle reenactment done at the monument of Fallen Timbers, we did our service project. The project was to pick up any trash we found from the monument all the way up to the street.

After the service project, we rucked back to the parking lot of Fallen Timbers (roughly 1 mile) for our endex. We did an extra lap around the parking lot since we were so close to 8 miles, we wanted to end with that mileage. Once we hit 8 miles, we circled up for COR, NOR and know the 6. Flo was our 6 and shared how grateful he was to be part of a group of men who seek to become better every day. Though not enthusiastic about getting up early, he is inspired to be among his F3 brothers.

In the COT, prayers were lifted up for Boulder and Tots, as well as Woodstock and our troops and first responders.

On a personal note, this was one of the toughest things I have had to prepare for in a long while and was quite nervous at the start of the event. It was challenging to be the Quadre when watching your brothers put in the work while you were calling out the drills and PT, yet it was the role that was required to make the event all that it was.

A few of the challenges I faced as we went through the night included helping the PAX get into formation for drills with less than half having come out of the GrowRuck back in April. I was immediately encouraged how the squad leaders (all GrowRuck finishers) all stepped up in their roles to communicate how to get into formation as well as keeping tabs on their men during the
grueling miles we put in with coupons.

Bambi, Bourbon, Mercy and Bluto were incredibly helpful in pointing out who may be struggling as well as reminding the men that it was OK to step out of rotation during the rucking movement
if they needed it. I simply could not have lead this fine group of men without their help.

During the cover/move and low crawl drills, their leadership shone through once again as they gave helpful instruction for their respective squads to make the number of attempts we had to
do to the minimum. I was quite proud of their leadership and the execution of the drills by all of the men.

I was personally inspired watching men who had never come out to any F3 rucks before (1-hour or otherwise) showing up and showing out to this event as their first. To the best of my knowledge, we had at least 3 men who got baptized by fire into the realm of rucking, and all of
them expressed enjoying this event.

In the end, there could be nothing more given than the amount of respect we had for each other and the brotherhood that came out of doing something this challenging. With a quarter of the
men 55 or older, it was humbling that they would let me lead and follow me for a few hours. I am truly humbled and grateful for this opportunity to organize such an amazing evening for this
group. The lessons pulled from the history of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne and his personal and militarily impact on our US Army and the country itself is one that will last with me for a long time yet to come.


For those who want to read in more detail the actual history lesson and what all we did, feel free to continue reading. Much of what is below was copy/paste from the source links at the end of
the document.

FIRST MOVEMENT: TRAINING (PT at Fallen Timbers Cinema parking lot):

Before we began, YHC assigned 4 squad leaders:

  • Squad #1 White – Bambi
  • Squad #2 Red – Mercy
  • Squad #3 Yellow – Bourbon
  • Squad #4 Green – Bluto

Fall In!

Extend to the left, march!
Arms downward, move! Left face!
Extend to the left, march!
Arms downward, move! Right face!
From front to rear, count off!
Even numbers to the left, uncover!
Repeato until got into formation quickly and correctly.

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In the days of the early Republic, the U.S. Army suffered some of its most devastating defeats in its history. While the Continental Army of the War for Independence fared well against the
European style of tactics employed by the British redcoats, particularly later in the war, the Indian warriors along the American frontier confounded many of the early Republic’s senior officers.

Two separate expeditions into the Northwest Territory were ambushed and nearly destroyed by Indians with covert British support. This period represented some of the darkest days in the history of the U.S. Army.

Eventually, one senior American officer emerged to lead the Army to victory and end much of the threat posed to American settlers northwest of the Ohio River.

MG Anthony Wayne, who had already established himself as one of the premier American officers in the Continental Army, was given command of the Army and led it once again into Indian Territory.

Under Wayne’s leadership, however, the results of his expedition into the Northwest Territory were much different. At the Battle of Fallen Timbers in August 1794, Wayne and his combined
force of regulars and mounted Kentucky militia, routed the Indians and largely eliminated the Indian threat in the Northwest Territory.

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Anthony Wayne was born 1 January 1745 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The only son of Isaac and Elizabeth Wayne, Anthony, at the age of sixteen, was sent to a private academy in Philadelphia run by his uncle.

While at the academy, young Anthony never seemed to approach his classroom studies with the same enthusiasm as the mock battles he fought with his classmates. At that time, much of the American frontier was under constant threat of Indian attack as the French and Indian War raged over much of northeastern North America, and Wayne, like many boys his age, found the stories of Indian warfare much more exciting than academics.

After leaving school, Wayne was briefly employed as a surveyor before returning to his family’s estate to take charge of the tannery. He took over the family business after the death of his father in 1774 and made it profitable.

Before hostilities broke out between the colonies and England, Wayne was active in local protests against the coercive acts of the British government.

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In January 1776, Wayne was appointed by Congress to command the 4th Pennsylvania Battalion and given the rank of colonel. Despite a lack of formal military training, Wayne became one of the finest officers in the Continental Army.

Wayne’s first combat experience came when he and the Pennsylvania Brigade were sent to bolster the faltering American expedition in Canada. When the Pennsylvanians met the remnants of MG Richard Montgomery’s army, they were sent down the St. Lawrence to attack what was thought to be the advance guard of the British forces marching against the American army.

Upon making contact with the enemy at Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers) on 8 June 1776, the Americans soon discovered they were facing the main British force.

During the engagement, in which Wayne was wounded, Wayne’s battalion covered the retreat of the rest of the American force. After the Americans withdrew from Canada, Wayne was given command of the garrison at Fort Ticonderoga.

On 21 February 1777 Wayne was promoted to brigadier general and given command of the Pennsylvania Line, which he commanded at Brandywine Creek on 11 September 1777. Two weeks later, however, Wayne’s troops were surprised by the British in their encampment at Paoli. In a night attack, the British bayoneted hundreds of Continentals in one of the most devastating defeats of the war. Wayne was accused of negligence in this action. He demanded a trial by court-martial and was eventually acquitted.

In October of 1777, Wayne fought with distinction at Germantown and suffered a slight wound. He then endured the harsh winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge.

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At the battle of Monmouth in late June 1778, Wayne’s Pennsylvanians led the initial attack and defended the American center against the British counterattack. On 16 July of the following year, Wayne won fame for leading a daring nighttime bayonet assault against the British position at Stony Point, New York.

Upon receiving orders for the attack, Wayne replied to GEN George Washington, “General, if you give me permission, I’ll storm Hell itself for you.”

The attack captured the surprised British garrison and helped to relieve pressure on West Point. For this daring assault, and coupled with his tremendous temper and intensity in battle, Wayne earned the nickname “Mad Anthony.” Congress later awarded Wayne a gold medal for the capture of Stony Point.

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As the focus of the war moved south, Wayne served under the command of the Marquis de Lafayette in Virginia. While serving with Lafayette’s army, Wayne ran into a much larger British force at Green Spring and narrowly avoided a disastrous defeat.

Wayne was also slightly wounded in the thigh in Virginia when a jittery sentry fired at him and hit him with buckshot. He later served at the decisive battle at Yorktown and was present for Cornwallis’ surrender.

In 1782, Wayne was detached to MG Nathanael Greene’s army and fought a successful campaign against Creek and Cherokee Indians in Georgia. On 30 September 1783, Wayne was brevetted a major general. Less than two months later, however, he retired from the Army. He took up farming and dabbled in politics, being elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1784. He later moved to Georgia and was elected the state’s representative in Congress in 1790, only to have his seat declared vacant the following year due to election fraud.

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While Wayne’s career in politics was relatively short-lived and tumultuous, his military career would soon be reborn. Disastrous events in the Northwest Territory required the federal government to re-examine its military policies and place someone in command to rectify the situation. After scrutinizing a number of candidates for the job, the War Department eventually selected Wayne, and he answered his nation’s call once again.

After the conclusion of the War for Independence with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on 3 September 1783, the U.S. Army faced tough times. On 2 November 1783, Congress ordered the Army to disband, although this initial order was not carried out. In December of that same year, GEN George Washington bade farewell to his officers in New York City and resigned his
commission as commander-in-chief, leaving the Army without a strong leader.

On 2 June 1784, Congress again ordered the disbanding of the Army, stating that “standing armies in time of peace are inconsistent with the principles of republican government, dangerous to the liberties of a free people, and generally converted into destructive engines for establishing despotism.” While most of the Army was disbanded, Congress kept a caretaker force of eighty artillerymen. The following day, however, Congress authorized the raising of 700 men to form a regiment of eight companies of infantry and two companies of artillery, primarily to man western frontier posts. This regiment became known as the First American Regiment.

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During the 1780s, the primary threat to American security and to settlers attempting to establish new homesteads west of the Alleghenies were Indians. The Indians had assistance in the form
of British agents from Canada, who encouraged the Indians to attack American settlers.

Some British officials even hoped to establish an “independent” Indian state between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes, a state that would actually be a British puppet state. Furthermore, British troops still occupied several forts in the Northwest Territory they deemed essential to the fur trade, in violation of the treaty that officially ended the war with Britain.

In an attempt to crush the Indians attacking American settlers, the federal government, under the direction of President George Washington, ordered military expeditions into what is now

The first of these expeditions, led by BG Josiah Harmar, consisted of an expanded First American Regiment and 1,500 militiamen from Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Setting off from Fort Washington, near present day Cincinnati, Harmar’s force headed north towards the Miami Villages.

Almost immediately, Harmar ran into problems, especially with supplies and integrating the militia into his force. Furthermore, while deep in Indian territory, Harmar divided his column,
significantly weakening his army.

The Indians, led by the Miami’s Little Turtle, attacked Harmar’s troops at the confluence of the St. Mary and St. Joseph Rivers and inflicted heavy casualties on Harmar’s militia and regulars. Harmar was forced to retreat back to Fort Washington, and the rout of Harmar’s expedition only served to embolden the Indian warriors.

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Another expedition was organized to march into the Northwest Territory to once again deal with the threat posed by MG Arthur St. Clair. In addition to the First American Regiment, a second
regiment of infantry had been raised and would accompany the expedition. Kentucky militiamen and a few cavalrymen brought St. Clair’s army up to approximately 1,400 men. St. Clair, who was ill and not really fit to command the force, began marching his army north from Fort Washington on 17 September 1791. The march progressed slowly — by November, the expedition was only ninety miles from where it started. St. Clair weakened his force by
detaching the First Regiment to find his overdue supply train.

On 4 November, Indians led by Little Turtle surprised and attacked the expedition along the upper Wabash River. In the ensuing battle, St. Clair’s force was completely routed.

The Indians slaughtered over 600 men, along with a large number of civilians accompanying the expedition. The wounded left on the battlefield were mercilessly scalped by the Indians. St. Clair ordered a full retreat and the remaining troops limped back to Fort Washington.

St. Clair’s defeat demonstrated that major reforms were required if there was any hope of making the Army an effective fighting force against the Indians, or any other potential enemy of
the young republic. Moreover, the Army needed a commander who could lead the Army and end the devastating string of defeats it had experienced at the hands of the Indians.

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Congress agreed to a reorganization of the Army. To lead the reorganized Army, President Washington and Secretary of War Henry Knox examined several candidates, including Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee and Daniel Morgan, but it soon became clear there was only one
obvious choice:

Anthony Wayne

On the same day the Army reorganization was approved, Wayne was promoted to major general and named commanding general of the Legion of the United States.

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As commander of the U.S. Army, in the form of the Legion, Wayne was provided significant time to train the soldiers under his command and put his personal stamp on the Army. For nearly two
years, American delegates attempted to negotiate with the Indians, all to to no avail. Once again, American troops would have to face hostile Indians. This time, however, they would be ready for the task at hand.

Originally, Wayne began training the Legion at Fort Fayette, near the frontier town of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, however, like many frontier towns of the period, thrived with vice–Wayne called it “a frontier Gomorrah.” He therefore moved his troops twenty-two miles down the Ohio to a place he named Legionville. At this site, Wayne implemented a rigorous training program for the Legion.

At Legionville, Wayne instilled discipline in his inexperienced troops. Secretary Knox had stated that “another conflict with raw recruits is to be avoided at all means.”

Wayne needed little encouragement. He immediately provided all of his officers down to company-level with copies of von Steuben’s Blue Book drill manual and instructed them to use it until the Legion was familiar with close-order drill, which hopefully would prevent the troops from breaking and running on the battlefield.

He instructed the men on the art of field fortifications, and they learned to handle their muskets and use bayonets. Even more important, Wayne stressed the importance of individual marksmanship, something that Army had neglected because of the high cost of powder.

In an attempt to increase esprit de corps, Wayne decided to give each sublegion distinctive colors for cap ornaments and uniform facings: white for the First Sublegion, red for the Second, yellow for the Third, and green for the Fourth. With the Legion trained, Wayne loaded his forces and floated them down the Ohio to Cincinnati and Fort Washington.

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Wayne then received some disheartening news. Secretary Knox informed him that recruitment lagged, forcing him to round his forces with Kentucky militia. Wayne, like many regulars, had little confidence in militia. On a personal note, he also received news that his wife had died.
With his force near full strength, he marched north and established a new encampment, Fort Greene, named for Nathanael Greene.

On Christmas Day, 1793, an advance party arrived at the scene where St. Clair’s force had been massacred. They found a horrifying scene as hundreds of skeletons lay scattered about.

On the site, Wayne’s forces established a new post, Fort Recovery, where some troops stayed for the winter, while the rest remained encamped at Fort Greene.

By the spring of 1794, the Legion was ready to move. Reinforced by over 1,000 mounted Kentucky militia under the command of BG Charles Scott, Wayne advanced north, stopping to establish a string of forts along the way, including Fort Defiance, Fort Adams, and Fort Deposit.

SECOND MOVEMENT: RUCKING (Wabash Cannonball Trail):

The Pax rucked approximately 5 miles down and back along the Wabash Cannonball Trail. We carried all of our gear, plus sandbags along the way.

Turnaround point is the 3rd road crossing; turned around prior to crossing the road.

Upon returning to the Cinema, we ditched the coupons and rucked to the Fallen Timbers monument, approximately 1 mile southeast of the parking lot.


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By August 1794, Wayne and the Legion had reached northwestern Ohio and the Maumee River, the stronghold of Indian forces and close to Fort Miamis, a British held fort in violation of the Treaty of Paris.

Indian warriors, however, were waiting, ready to inflict another devastating defeat on invading troops. The Indians, under the overall command of Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket, hoped to ambush Wayne’s force at a site near present-day Toledo.

The site was a clearing formed when a tornado years before had toppled hundreds of trees. This place, known as Fallen Timbers, presented excellent defensive positions that would not offer clear fields of fire for the attackers.

Despite this, Wayne’s forces were much better trained than those that had fought the Indians in years past. In addition, Wayne had excellent scouts, which would prevent any likelihood of an

On the morning of 20 August, the Legion approached Falling Timbers. Wayne divided his infantry into two wings, the right commanded by BG James Wilkinson, the other by COL John
Hamtramck. A brigade of mounted Kentuckians guarded the open left flank, while the Legions cavalry secured the right along the Maumee. Scott’s remaining forces formed a reserve.

The vanguard of the Legion came under fire around 0900. After some initial confusion, Wilkinson regained control of the situation.

Wayne then rode forward, his eyes flashing. He correctly determined the strength of the enemy and their positions, and quickly saw that mounted troops would be largely ineffective on the battlefield.

Under fire and in intense pain from gout, he immediately ordered his infantry to charge with bayonets to flush the Indians out of their positions, where they could be cut down by musket fire.

Unused to a well disciplined enemy, the Indians, who expected to be the ones charging, broke and ran towards Fort Miamis. The Indians fled so fast that mounted troops on the flanks had
difficulty catching them.

Nonetheless, dragoons from the Legion charged headlong at the log barriers like jockeys at a steeplechase, cutting down the Indian warriors with their sabers. The dragoons’ charge completed the rout.

The battle lasted less than an hour and proved decisive. Wayne lost 33 of his men and had approximately 100 wounded. The British at Fort Miamis refused to admit their allies, and the
British garrison made all efforts not to provoke a war with the Americans. Wayne then destroyed ndian villages and crops nearby.

The PAX were split up into infantry (White & Red Squads) and calvary (Yellow & Green) and re-enacted the bayonet charge and flanking of the calvary.

  • Yellow (Squad #3) acted as the mounted Kentuckians.
  • Centered were the infantry White (Squad #1) & Red (Squad #2)
  • Green (Squad #4) acted as the Legion’s Calvary.

All squads practiced cover/move drill down the field in front of the monument. Then, all squads practiced low crawl from first tree to second tree before getting up and performing a bayonet charge.

Upon satisfactorily completing the practice drills, we did a live reenactment where the infantry began cover/move in the middle while the mounted militia and Legion calvary began low-crawling.

Once Gen Wayne (YHC) saw the opportunity, he yelled charge and the infantry pulled out their bayonets to charge while the mounted troops charged to complete the routing.


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Within three months, the United States signed a treaty with Britain that pledged their evacuation from the Northwest Territory forts by 1796. The following year, Wayne negotiated the Treaty of
Greenville with the Indians, effectively opening Ohio to American settlers.

None of this would have been possible without Wayne’s victory at Fallen Timbers. Never has such a brief battle proved as decisive in American military history. Wayne had achieved success
where two other American generals had been soundly defeated.

Through rigorous training, discipline, and personal leadership, Wayne led the Army of the early American republic to its first major military victory and, according to military historian Russell F. Weigley, Wayne can lay claim “to be called the Father of the Regular Army.”

PAX were tasked with picking up any trash they could find around the monument and we all did a 33-second low plank to remember the fallen men who secured this chapter of our great country’s history.

PAX then rucked back to the starting point for our endex.

*Above history largely copied from



July 2018 Rucking Event Backblast

July Ruck attendance: 4

Mother Rucker (Q), Mercy, Tots, and Bambi

Highlights: Safety brief, gear inspection, coupon carry, plain ruck, exit party, slick jog, team Murph, secondary slick jog.

June 2018 Rucking Event Backblast

Date: 16 June 2018

Weather: 90 degrees, 65% humidity, no wind = HOT!!!

QIC: Klinger

PAX: Oscar Meyer, Gap, El Chapo, Splinter, Dauber, Froman, The Colonel, Stamper, Trinity, Wake, Tupac, The Hoff, and Klinger

The Thang:

First, YHC would like to apologize for the lateness of this backblast. Froman and Ticket have both been on me about getting it done, but this is the first chance I’ve had to actually sit down and complete it. I’ll do some extra ‘Mericans next time we cross paths!

About a week before the ruck, YHC sent a message to the PAX that had already HC’d letting them know that the start point would be revealed to them by playing a game of 20 questions. For each question they asked that got answered with a “No,” a coupon would get added. For each question that was answered with a “Yes,” a coupon was taken away. If they were able to figure out the location before asking 20 questions, then there would be no coupons. It was a bit silly, but the PAX embraced it and figured out the start point in about 10 questions. No coupons!! Oh, we were starting at my house.

PAX were instructed to bring a 12 foot length of climbing rope and a carabiner that were rated to hold at least double their body weight. They also needed to have the appropriate weight plate, at least 2 liters of water, and emergency contact info. Start time was 1800 hrs, but they were asked to arrive about 15 minutes early for inspections.

El Chapo was first on the scene at about 1730 hrs. He was already covered in sweat and looked like he had just come out of the shower. Other PAX started trickling in, and everyone was there by 1740 hrs. Oh wait, forgot that The Colonel didn’t show until about 1759 hrs…in flip flops…with no water…ruck half packed. But since he had a long way to travel we cut him some slack.

Once YHC made sure all PAX had the necessary equipment, we huddled up and went over some safety pointers, general route location, and the need to constantly be drinking water. YHC explained that his idea of rucking is putting in some serious miles under a moderate load at a consistent pace. Moving with a purpose and having some laughs/discussions along the way!

With that done, Dauber grabbed the shovel flag and we started on the route. We traveled W/SW through the neighborhood until we reached Sylvania Ave and then continued West for about 1.5 miles. This was the only section of the route YHC was concerned about since there is no sidewalk and cars travel at a high rate of speed. The pace was pushed a bit so we spent the least amount of time as possible on this section. We eventually made it to the Sylvan Prairie bike path near Timberstone Junior High. Basically traveling North, we crossed Brint Rd and continued on the bike path by the quarry. Here we took our first stop to refit, get some electrolytes/food, and make a pit stop. We had covered 4 miles at this point.

After about 10 minutes, we headed North on the path, passed Fossil Park, and continued along the path to Centennial Quarry. From here we headed E/NE along Erie St. Stamper was feeling the effects of the heat, so we made a stop to get him hydrated and cooled off. After some energy beans and passing his ruck off, he was ready to go again. The Hoff made a great suggestion to stop at Highland Meadows Country Club to fill up on water – he had connections! PAX hid in the bushes while the Hoff dragged a hose through the parking lot, and we took care of business. Pretty sure we didn’t offend anybody! PAX were feeling refreshed at this point, so we pressed on towards downtown Sylvania. Ollie gave us a shout out as he was driving by on his way to dinner with his M!!


As we entered downtown, Gap was really feeling it and couldn’t get enough of the excitement of rucking. Dude was dancing down the street!

From this point, we headed South on Main St and continued into the parking lot behind Root, Inc and into a grassy area with a few nice big trees which provided shade and some needed anchors for the activity YHC had planned. We had completed about 7.5 miles at this point and took another break to refit, refuel, and make a pit stop.

Once everyone was ready, YHC had everyone get their length of rope and carabiner. YHC explained how one of his favorite things that he learned while in Army ROTC was building a One Rope Bridge and having the unit cross. Typically it is performed over a creek or river. YHC thought that 10 Mile Creek would provide a good spot to complete this task, but YHC was mistaken. YHC spent the afternoon scouting locations for a crossing by Northview and all through Harroun Park but couldn’t find an area safe enough to get it done. So, the grassy area with big trees was the next best thing! We started by going over instructions for the proper way to tie a Swiss Seat. This is basically a climbing harness that you create with a length of rope (thus the need for everyone to bring 12 feet of rope). If the PAX ever attempt to do this again, be advised that 12 feet of rope is good for someone like Gap or Splinter. However, El Chapo or Dauber probably need about 20 feet!

Once everyone was comfortably uncomfortable in their Swiss

Seat, we moved on to construction of the One Rope Bridge. There is a series of minorly complex steps to complete this, including a few different knots tied into the rope, but YHC walked everyone through it, and we got it done. YHC could sense some apprehension amongst the PAX, so YHC took the lead and hooked into the One Rope Bridge with an assist from Dauber and El Chapo. Soon enough, the PAX  started hopping on the bridge and sliding across. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and hopefully something we can complete another time. Definitely a good team building exercise!



After gathering up all the gear and getting our rucksacks back in order, we prepared for the final push towards endex. We continued heading South on Main St., cut through St. Joe’s parking lot, crossed the railroad tracks behind the church, and we made our way across the parking lot of Lourdes University. From Convent St., we went South on Maple St. and then headed West on Brint Rd. After making our way through the neighborhood near Olander Park, we passed by The Colonel’s house and finally made it back to the start point!

At Endex, we circled up and finished with a COT. Countorama, Name-o-rama, and BOM ensued. Despite the heat, the PAX pushed hard and completed the ruck with enthusiasm and everyone had a good time. YHC’s M met us at the front door and let us know that the food was ready!

We made our way to the back patio and ended the night with some strong 2nd F. Pizza, beers (and water and Gatorade), and good conversations had everyone feeling great and ready to tackle the next CSAUP event!


Respect!! 9.7 miles, 2:36:00, @16:10/mile pace, 1,159 calories burned


St. Patrick’s Day Convergence Ruck (Promenade Park) – 3/17/18

St. Patrick’s Day Convergence Ruck 3/17/18 Backblast

PAX: Jimmy Dean, Sipe, The Mickey, El Chapo, Woodstock, Ticket, Jennay, Stark, Shakira, Brute, Ollie, Splinter, Wake, The Hoff, Tupac, Sunshine, Brita, The Colonel, Stamper, FNG-Mark Bueller (Socrates), Ozzie, Bourbon, Raven, Jingle Bells, Hedgehog, Mater, Danica, Cooter, John Henry, Valdez, Worm, Bambi, The Mayor, Modell, Gap, Cogsworth
Q: Klinger

Total Distance: 8.67 miles
Total Time: 2 hrs 45 min

The Thang: 37 brave men posted at Promenade Park in Downtown Toledo on this fine St. Patrick’s Day morning for a convergence ruck. The weather was perfect. A bit cold (mid 20’s) but no wind so seemed pretty ideal for some hard work. As PAX strolled up to the start point, they were greeted by 4 – 9 foot long logs.

At precisely 0400 hrs, YHC gathered the PAX together and welcomed them all. We had one FNG – Mark Bueller, and he was brought into the circle and the 5 core principles of F3 were explained. A disclaimer was also discussed. With those admin details out of the way, YHC proceeded by explaining the details of the ruck. First, PAX were instructed to line up by height. Next, teams of 4 PAX were made with all members approximately the same height. Then, 2 teams were joined together to form a squad. In total, there were 4 squads with approximately 8-9 PAX per squad. YHC chose a squad leader for each squad and briefed them on their mission. Simply, the mission was to choose one of the 4 logs and carry it along the route. Squad leaders were responsible for coming up with a plan of how they wanted to handle rotation of PAX on the log. After allowing a couple minutes for them to develop their plan, we formed up into 2 columns and headed out.

Since the logs were of varying weights (some heavy, some lighter), at each mile the logs were shuffled between the squads, so that equal time was had on the heavy ones and light ones. Squad leaders were changed out every 2 miles. We moved along at a decent pace and PAX did a great job of rotating on and off the logs.

Points of Interest along the route: St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Central Catholic High School (home of the Fighting Irish), Rosary Cathedral, Scott High School, The Toledo Art Museum (stopped for a quick photo), and Historic St. Patrick’s Church.

Once we got to St. Patrick’s Church, we put the logs down and took a 5 minute break to refit, refuel, and hydrate. YHC prepared a brief history lesson on the Irish in Toledo, as well as some info about St. Patrick’s Church. Then, we loaded back up and continued along the route. YHC knew that we were starting to get short on time and was looking for a spot to stash the logs so we could pick up the pace. Finally, once we hit Summit Street, there was a nice grassy area. YHC made a deal with the PAX that we could drop the logs if we could stay together and do some speedrucking! They were happy to oblige and we formed up and headed out. We proceeded down Summit towards the High Level Bridge, crossed over it, made our way through International Park, crossed over the river again on the Cherry Street Bridge, and then proceeded on Summit St. back towards Promenade Park.

YHC realizes that he bit off more than he could chew with respect to time and distance of the planned route. Apologies to all the PAX for not making it back to the start point before the start time for the beatdown. It was pretty cool that the PAX that had arrived for the beatdown only made their way down Summit St. to greet us as we approached our Endex. Since we were running late, YHC completed a Nameorama as we were rucking. COT and naming of the FNG were deferred to the end of the beatdown.

YHC was impressed with all PAX on this adventure. Everyone did their part and the teamwork was great. The goal was to put in a longer distance and do some training for GrowRuck, and YHC believes this was accomplished! The leadership and determination in this group of men continues to amaze me. Keep on getting better!

Oh, and if you’re curious, YHC did secure the dropped logs and transported them back to Sylvania. May or may not have stashed them in a spot that would be convenient for use on future Tuesday rucks!



Spartan “300” (The Fuse) – 3/3/18

It was a Great morning for a workout! Attending our Spartan 300 workout was Brita, Dollywood, Sideshow, Poodle, Lavar, Pixar, Cogsworth, Flutie, Bagals and the Q, Landslide. We split into 2 groups of 5. Each group then re-split into groups of 2 or 3. We worked out on the track. While one of the 2 or 3 person subgroup ran 50 yards down the track and back, the other set was doing exercises. As a group of 5, we performed each exercise 300 times. The exercises were as follows: Merkins, LBC’s, Burbees, Starfish Sit ups, Swimmer Merkins, V Sit ups, Diamond Merkins, Regular Sit ups, South Carolina Merkins, Cycle Sit ups, Pistol Squats and Dips. Neither group got past the regular sit ups.

Attack the Gloom on Mt Doom —> 3 S’s & 2 T’s (Mt. Doom) – 3/3/18

QIC: Colonel and Splinter
PAX: Wake, Trinity, Froman, Friday, Nails, Balco, Mailman, Mercy, Bluto, Mr. Belding, Oral-B, Goose, Scrooge, El Chapo, Colonel, Mater, Mickey, Splinter

18 PAX gathered at the peak of Mt. Doom ready to put in work on a crisp Saturday morning. The temperatures were cool but the sun was on the horizon ready to greet us. There were no FNG’s so we went right into 5 core principles and extensive disclaimer that surely made everyone aware of the risks at hand.

SSH x 25 IC
Mosey down the driveway, around the wildcat (which got the PAX mumbling that YHC was confused on the loop…however it was all part of the plan on the fly), and continued back through the grass to the precipice of Mt. Doom.

The Thang:
YHC asked the PAX to partner up and get ready for a little competition this morning.

Partner Race:
Partner 1: Run 3 Hill Sprints (all the way to parking lot curb)
Partner 2: Crawl Bear up Mt. Doom to the curb and sprint back down.

Switch and Repeato.

YHC was quickly asked for a demo of the crawl bears up Mt. Doom however had in fact practiced it before as to not break the unwritten rule of (if you can’t Q it, don’t do it). The PAX seemed VERY excited to get started on these so we got to work.

Mercy joined up after the switch as there was an emergency nature calls situation at the start of the beatdown. He did however attack that crawl bear up Mt. Doom and pushed through to the top!

After the switch we mosey’d back up in a serpentine fashion and back around the wildcat to the parking lot for Colonel to lead us in a circle of pain.

Colonel COP:

50 seconds on with 10 seconds to rotate and start next exercise
Stations as follows:
Manmakers with 15 lb dumbbells (burpee with dumbbells)
American hammers next on rotation
Manmakers with 20 lb dumbbells
Plank jacks on rotation
Slam balls – 25 lb slamball – ball above head and throw down catch it on bounce in full squat and repeat as fast as possible
Plank on rotation
Slam balls – 15 lb slamball
American hammers
60 lb sandbag squats
Plank jacks
60 lb sandbag squats
40 lb rucksack overhead doing Klinger kicks
American hammers
40 lb sandbag Klinger kicks
Plank jacks
40 lb sandbag Klinger kicks

After 1 round pax complained there was too many core exercises. So YHC switched it to burpees in b/w each weighted exercise. Thus ab corner turned immediately into burpee corner with manmakers. Careful what you complain about…

Made it all the way around two times (abs in b/w, then burpees in b/w)

On 3rd time around pax whines about excessive burpees – jump squats in b/w became the new exercise allowing for their to be a squat corner with the 60 lb sandbags. We only made into a few of the jump squats before we mosey’d back down to the bottom of Mt. Doom to close out the beatdown with a favorite of YHC and now the PAX:

Partner Merkin/Suicides switching every minute.

1 Minute:
Partner 1: Run’s suicides (20 yards)
Partner 2: 20 Merkins

We switched every minute for 10 minutes so each PAX ran 5 minutes of suicides and did 100 merkins.

We circled back up to the parking lot for COT, Count-o-rama, Name-o-rama, Get to know the 6. Balco was the 6 and shared with us his F3 journey and how Bluto got him to come out his first F3 workout.

Prayer Intentions for Android’s wife, for the troops, and for any other intentions we may have missed.

-Colonel had a late de-committ on the pre-ruck so there was some concern he wouldn’t show for the beatdown however the fellow co-q, while cutting it close, was there on time and prepared.
-PAX were also fans of pre and post partner competition moseys…lots of “Q doesn’t know where he’s going!” and “What the hell are we doing??”…feeling the love for sure.
-COP produced some excellent mumble chatter which is always a plus. Lots of form tips and suggestions passed back and forth across the circle. The best transition that YHC witnessed was Mater rolling for about 4-5 stations…never having to get off the ground. Efficiency at its finest.
-Colonel stated that his balls “might not slam very well.” which no one really understood until we saw Wake figure it out with some solid slam and catch on the bounce action!
-There was some merciless gas being spread throughout the circle…wondering if there is a lexicon term for this, T-claps for anyone that A.) figures it out or B.) comes up with a good name.
-Colonel’s BB also states that the rest was 10 seconds on the rounds of COP which YHC believes many of the PAX would challenge the rest was that long. Froman said he thought there was too much downtime.
-THE Mickey and Mater experienced some injuries during Partner Merkin/Suicides but recovered quickly and pushed through the pain.

Thanks for the opportunity men, an honor and a pleasure as always.

Splinter and Colonel

Ambition as a Ruckah (Mt. Doom) – 3/3/18

AO – Mt Doom
Q’s were Mater and Mickey
PAX- Chapo Friday Froman mercy wake splinter Elena Klinger Mickey mater nails cogs
5 core principles
The thang – Rucked 3.25 miles at a 15:00 minute pace while stopping at highland school for PT.
15 Merkins
15 Klinger kicks
15 squats
10 partner sit ups
Finished with COT
Intentions -victims of CMU and those affected by bomb threats and other school scares . Maters dad , droids M, and others I forgot . Sorry if I did.

Selection Saturday Part 2 (Lamplight) – 3/3/18

GORUCK Selection PT Test in Reverse order with slight modifications:

Date: 03/03/2018
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM
Location: Fortress Ruckus – AKA…Woodland Park

Q: Bambi

PAX: 14 total – Raven, Bourbon, Rooster, Shakira, Tupac, Sipe, Buttermaker, Jennay, Bambi, Spaulding, Coal, Mr. Bean, Venom, Virus

F3 Mission: Fitness, Fellowship, Faith; to plant, serve and grow men’s small workout groups, in order to reinvigorate male community leadership

Principles of F3:
• It must be free of charge
• It must be open to all men
• It must be help outdoor, rain or shine, hot or cold
• It must be peer led in a rotating fashion by men who participate in the workout, with no training or certification necessary
• It must end with a Circle of Trust (COT)

Part 2

The GoRuck Selection PT test is: 55 Pushups in 2 minutes, 65 Situps in 2 minutes, a 5 mile Run in 40 minutes and then a 12 mile ruck with 45 lbs of steel in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

In order to fit in the selection PT test into our typical Saturday workout the order was reversed and completed in two parts.

This Backblast is Part 2:

45 minute run, 5 Laps were completed on a closed loop in Downtown Perrysburg, most PAX completed 4 laps and some even tackled another quarter lap to get in a full 5 miles completed as each lap left the mileage trackers just short on mileage.

55 push ups in 2 minutes

65 sit-ups in 2 minutes – this was performed with a partner who provided support and held down our toes.

*All PAX put in tons of effort and this Q is extremely proud to have worked hard for these 4 hours alongside some gifted athletes who continued to push themselves for 4 straight hours. Much Respect.

Ended in a COT with Count-o-Rama and Name-o-Rama.

Bambi Led the Prayer; PAX were thankful for completing the workout, prayers offered for Spaulding’s wife to heal quickly and for Spaulding 2.0 as well as for the several PAX and their M’s with new babies on the way.

Selection Saturday Part 1 (Lamplight) – 3/3/18

GORUCK Selection PT Test in Reverse order with slight modifications:

Date: 03/03/2018
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 AM
Location: Fortress Ruckus – AKA…Woodland Park

Q: Bambi

PAX: 9 total – Raven, Bourbon, Rooster, Shakira, Tupac, Sipe, Buttermaker, Jennay, Bambi.

F3 Mission: Fitness, Fellowship, Faith; to plant, serve and grow men’s small workout groups, in order to reinvigorate male community leadership

Principles of F3:
• It must be free of charge
• It must be open to all men
• It must be help outdoor, rain or shine, hot or cold
• It must be peer led in a rotating fashion by men who participate in the workout, with no training or certification necessary
• It must end with a Circle of Trust (COT)

Part 1

The GoRuck Selection PT test is: 55 Pushups in 2 minutes, 65 Situps in 2 minutes, a 5 mile Run in 40 minutes and then a 12 mile ruck with 45 lbs of steel in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

In order to fit in the selection PT test into our typical Saturday workout the order was reversed and completed in two parts.

This Backblast is Part 1:

3 Hour Ruck, 12 Laps were completed on a closed loop in Downtown Perrysburg, some PAX completed 13 laps to get in a full 12 miles completed as each lap left the mileage trackers just short on mileage. All PAX completing 13 laps had to run a portion of the Ruck to meet the time deadline.

Some PAX carried 45 lbs of steel, all PAX carried what they were comfortable carrying.

Ended in a COT with Count-o-Rama and Name-o-Rama.

Bambi Led the Prayer, most PAX were thankful in this moment for completing the first 12 miles.