Hello friends! How has your week been? Did you have a good Independence Day holiday? I know that we certainly did! We threw a party for all our local friends, and then hosted our families for a couple days while we celebrated our great nation’s birthday! We enjoyed fireworks, both at home, and the town’s show, and made some great memories together!
The 4th of July is a special holiday to me, because I love my country, and because I come from a family with a history of military service. My grandfather on my Dad’s side was in the European theater during World War II, and then my Dad was in the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. On my Mom’s side, my grandmother was not in the military, but she worked in the Pentagon during World War II, which was a long way from small town Nebraska!
Kent’s family has military service too, his grandfather on his Dad’s side was in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, and his grandfather on his Mom’s side was a merchant marine.
Kent was in the Navy for four years after he graduated high school, serving as an Electronic Warfare Technician. That’s not a rating that exists anymore, but Kent spent his time serving aboard ships sailing around the world, keeping our high seas safe.
As for myself, I spent 4 years at a federal service academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, and then 8 years as an officer in the Coast Guard Reserves. I spent my years of service inspecting cargo ships for safety and security while they were calling on U.S. ports.
And as you know, I am still a licensed merchant mariner, which means that I’m serving in another way. The merchant marines are often known as the “fourth arm of defense”, leading civilian ships used to transport both imports and exports during peacetime and serves as an auxiliary to the Navy during times of war, delivering both troops and supplies.
What does that have to do with fitness?
I can credit attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with sparking the initial interest in becoming an athlete. To gain admittance to the academy, you must pass a physical fitness test, same as in any other branch of the military. To pass that test, I started running and swimming. I had to maintain that level of fitness throughout my time in school and in my Coast Guard career. Now, it’s simply become a way of life.
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Now you know just a little bit more about us here at True Grit Fitness. We are a family of service, who hold patriotic values close to our hearts. You’ll always find an American flag flying over our property, and we stand not only for the National Anthem, but for our service songs too.
We hope you had a great holiday weekend, filled with good times, great fireworks, and lots of memories. God bless America!