• Capt. Walter Ivory, commander, 45th HHC, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a waiter's walk during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of three rounds of four exercises performed for the fastest time.

    Soldiers hold memorial CrossFit competition for fallen comrade

    Capt. Walter Ivory, commander, 45th HHC, 45th STB, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a waiter's walk during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan...

  • Lt. Col. Stacey Moore, operations officer in charge, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a pull-up during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of three rounds of four exercises performed for the fastest time.

    Soldiers hold memorial CrossFit competition for fallen comrade

    Lt. Col. Stacey Moore, operations officer in charge, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a pull-up during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The...

  • Maj. Mark Beerbower, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a sledgehammer swing during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of three rounds of four exercises performed for the fastest time.

    Soldiers hold memorial CrossFit competition for fallen comrade

    Maj. Mark Beerbower, 45th Sust. Bde., performs a sledgehammer swing during the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of...

  • Soldiers and officers of the 45th Sust. Bde. gather for a group photo after the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of three rounds of four exercises performed for the fastest time.

    Soldiers hold memorial CrossFit competition for fallen comrade

    Soldiers and officers of the 45th Sust. Bde. gather for a group photo after the memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli July 15 at the 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The event consisted of...

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Soldiers and officers of the 45th Sustainment Brigade gathered for a memorial CrossFit Workout of the Day, or WoD, honoring Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli at 8th TSC's 45th Sust. Bde. CrossFit Gym, July 16, here.

The workout consisted of three rounds of four exercises: a waiter's walk with 135 pounds for males, 95 pounds for females; and 15 pull-ups; 15 wall ball tosses; and 15 sledgehammer strikes.

"It was good because it was for my friend," said Sgt. Tuan Nguyen, motor transport operator, 96th Transportation Company, 117th Combat Sust. Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde. "We did this for Staff Sgt. Robert Massarelli and please don't forget his driver, Sgt. Michael Strachota, who also passed. This WoD is for them."

According to his unit, Massarelli was an avid CrossFitter. Massarelli and Strachota both paid the ultimate price June 24 while conducting logistical operations just outside of Kandahar Airfield.

Nguyen and other Soldiers from the 96th Trans. Co. motivated each other during the competition by holding up posters with Massarelli's photo when the going got tough.

"(Today's workout) is to make it known that he is always in our thoughts and in our hearts," said Staff Sgt. Victoria Burns, 96th Trans. Co., 117th CSSB, 45th Sust. Bde. "It was good for esprit de corps, very motivational. The work out was extremely challenging. It's something he would have loved."

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