This article is an installment of the Men’s Journal Everyday Warrior sequence, which options recommendation, key interviews, and ideas for residing a lifetime of constant affect, steady progress, and continuous studying.
Last week, we launched you to 4 Triple 7 staff members and the American heroes they’ll honor in the course of the expedition. Now, within the closing a part of this two-part series, you’ll meet the remaining 5 members and study concerning the fallen they’re honoring.
Along with making every continent’s soar to the reminiscence of a service member, the staff is dedicating their celebratory soar in Tampa, FL, to 13 brave women and men who misplaced their lives serving to civilians escape Afghanistan in the course of the United States’ 2021 withdrawal.
Over 20 years, many Americans misplaced their lives defending the United States from the specter of terrorism. We’ll always remember their sacrifices. These women and men remind us of the enduring energy of selflessness and the power of 1 particular person to make a long-lasting distinction within the lives of many.
Triple 7 Co-founder Mike Sarraille
Following highschool, Sarraille enlisted within the Marine Corps and served as a scout sniper. After incomes his bachelor’s diploma, he obtained his fee within the Navy and went by Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training (BUD/S). Sarraille led main fight operations in the course of the Battles of Ramadi in 2006 and Sadr City in 2008. In 2009, he was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, a part of the elite Joint Special Operations Command, to assist international counter-terrorism operations.
After retiring, Sarraille co-founded Talent War Group and Legacy Expeditions. The first firm is a management improvement and government search agency, and the second is an journey capital agency that embarks on record-setting expeditions, corresponding to Triple 7, in honor of America’s fallen heroes. He’s additionally the director of the Men’s Journal Everyday Warrior franchise, the founding father of the performance-focused model ATTA, and the writer of two books, The Talent War and The Everyday Warrior.
In Antarctica, in the course of the staff’s first soar, they’ll honor Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who saved three teammates—certainly one of whom was Mike Sarraille.
Monsoor joined the U.S. Navy in 2001, graduated from BUD/s in 2004, and deployed to Iraq in 2006. On September 29, he was a part of a SEAL sniper overwatch factor offering safety for a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation in Ramadi when a hand grenade landed on the rooftop inside ft of the staff’s place. Monsoor instantly shouted “Grenade!” to alert his staff, however the SEALs couldn’t escape the blast radius in time. Without hesitation, Monsoor threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the total pressure of the explosion. His selfless actions saved the lifetime of the three SEALs serving alongside him.
Recognized for his bravery and braveness, Monsoor obtained the Medal of Honor, the very best award for valor within the U.S. army. He was the second SEAL to obtain the award for service in Iraq and the primary to obtain it posthumously. His different awards and decorations embrace the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with a “V” system, Purple Heart, Iraqi Campaign Medal with Star, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and extra.
Mike “Boots” Barker
Those in particular operations stay by a code, which incorporates sustaining a low public profile whereas serving in uniform. Many locally carry this observe over to their post-military life, however few as efficiently as retired Navy SEAL Mike ‘Boots’ Barker. While society’s transition to the digital age makes this way more difficult, Barker has discovered a means. After a substantial quantity of analysis, we are able to report that Barker is an expert skydiver and speaks on behalf of Folds of Honor, the nonprofit that the Triple 7 Expedition helps.
When the staff jumps into the United Arab Emirates, they’ll be honoring Master Chief Petty Officer Louis Langlais, a Navy SEAL. In 1986, after graduating from the Navy’s Recruit Training Command in San Diego, Langlais was assigned to the frigate Wadsworth (now decommissioned). In 1989, three years after enlisting within the Navy, he reported to BUD/S in Coronado, California. He served the following eight years with a West Coast-based SEAL Team. Langlais was on the Navy parachute staff till February 2000. Later in his profession, he was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare unit. A husband and father of two, Langlais misplaced his life in 2011 throughout a mission within the Wardak province of Afghanistan.
His awards and decorations embrace 4 Bronze Stars with a “V” system, two Joint Service Commendation Medals (one with a “V” system), three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Combat Action Ribbons, Presidential Unit Citation, seven Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Southwest Asia Service Medals, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.
A graduate of McGill University and the Ivey Executive Leadership Program, Cowan is the CEO of ONE9 Venture Capital, an organization he based in 2013 whereas serving as an Assaulter Officer with Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2. Cowan is the one Triple 7 staff member who shouldn’t be an American. During his 19 years of service within the Canadian particular forces, Cowan deployed to Afghanistan a number of occasions, participated in delicate info operations within the Middle East, and performed hostage restoration in Africa.
As a Squadron Commander, Cowan specialised in tactical management and strategic planning. His firm is Canada’s premier protection ecosystem and the one one which makes use of nationwide safety finish customers to validate dual-use applied sciences, specifically the particular forces. He additionally sits on the board of Ventus Respiratory Technologies, an organization sponsoring Triple 7.
Expedition Lead Fred Williams
Former Navy SEAL Fred Williams is the CEO of Complete Parachute Solutions (CPS) and is the expedition lead throughout Triple 7. He served within the U.S. Navy for ten years, after which he targeted his efforts on the parachuting business. Williams was instrumental in founding CPS, which gives tactical parachute gear and coaching for particular mission models worldwide. In the months main as much as the expedition’s launch, Williams and his firm hosted two Triple 7 coaching camps in Coolidge, Arizona.
Retired Marine Jim Wigginton holds a number of world data, together with one which the Triple 7 Expedition staff is trying to interrupt. He grew up on a farm in Marion, KY, and now serves because the managing associate of True North Equity, LLC. Wigginton pledged a $6 million endowment in assist of the Punya Thyroid Cancer Endowed Fund in honor of his late spouse, Nancy Wigginton. “She was just one of those energetic, happy, loving, kind people,” mentioned Wigginton. “I wanted to do something big that would honor her life and everything she went through,” he added.
Entire Team (United States)
As the staff freefalls above Miami, they’ll accomplish that in honor of Commander Robert Ramirez III, the extremely adorned commander of California-based SEAL Team 1. A Virginia native, Ramirez enlisted within the Navy in 1996, obtained his fee in 2004, and was promoted to Commander in September 2019. During his 27-year profession, he deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Cmdr. Ramirez was assigned to the West Coast Special Warfare Unit overseeing SEAL Team 1 in June 2022.
In an announcement, Captain David Abernathy, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, which manages all San Diego-based SEAL groups, described Ramirez as “…an outstanding leader, a devoted husband and father, and good friend.” Just a few of his awards and decorations embrace 5 Bronze Star Medals (two with a “V” system), three Combat Action Ribbons, and 6 medals for campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Celebratory Jump (Tampa, FL)
After visiting all seven continents and breaking each data, the Triple 7 Expedition Team will return to the United States. Something this extraordinary can’t finish with 9 world document holders ready for his or her baggage: it’s simply not an possibility. That’s why they’re capping off this once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment with a closing soar in Tampa, Florida.
While this skydive is celebratory, it additionally permits them to honor much more American heroes. As the Triple 7 staff crosses the end line in Tampa, they’ll soar in honor of the 13 brave women and men who made the last word sacrifice on August 26, 2021, on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
As the United States started withdrawing from the war-torn nation, numerous civilians fled to the airport, hoping for evacuation. In the chaos, an ISIS-Ok terrorist detonated a suicide bomb as U.S. army personnel checked the passports and paperwork of these trying to escape the Taliban. The assault was one of many deadliest within the twenty-year conflict.
Like all these honored throughout Triple 7, they put their lives on the road to defend our nation and shield our values. For that, we’re eternally grateful. As we honor their recollections, we should additionally thank their family members. The households of the fallen serve this nation by their energy, resilience, and sacrifice.
These 13 women and men symbolize the braveness, bravery, and dedication of those that put on the uniform with satisfaction. Their legacies will stay on within the hearts of all Americans.
The Triple 7 Expedition honors:
Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, U.S. Marine Corps
LCpl. Espinoza was raised in Rio Bravo, Texas, and grew up in a close-knit household. He was recognized for his sturdy work ethic, need to assist, and life-long dream of turning into a Marine. In 2019, Espinoza headed to San Diego for primary coaching after graduating highschool. Before deploying to Afghanistan, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton. Espinoza’s legacy will stay on within the hearts of all who knew him.
LC Espinoza’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment.
Sergeant Nicole L. Gee, U.S. Marine Corps
Sgt. Gee was born on May 1, 1998, in Vail, Colorado, and married her highschool sweetheart, Jarod Gee, in August 2016. After enlisting within the Marines, she underwent primary coaching at Parris Island, School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, Aviation Accession and Military Occupational Specialty School in Pensacola, Florida, and Communications and Electronics School at 29 Palms in California. In February 2021, Sgt. Gee deployed with the twenty fourth Marine Expeditionary Unit, stopping in Afghanistan to assist evacuate greater than 100,000 refugees. Her household describes her as courageous, form, devoted, and selfless.
Sgt. Gee’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart Medal, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and NATO Medal.
Staff Sergeant Darin “Taylor” Hoover Jr., U.S. Marine Corps
Darin “Taylor” Hoover was simply 11 years previous when planes hit the World Trade Center, however the assault on his homeland left a long-lasting impression. Although he had at all times wished to be a Marine, the horrific occasions of that heat September day strengthened his resolve. Nine years and two days later, Taylor achieved his dream of turning into a Marine. In 2021, his unit headed to Kabul to assist withdrawal efforts. It was Taylor’s third deployment to Afghanistan. Reports from the assault say that whilst Taylor lay mortally wounded, he remained within the battle and distributed his remaining ammunition to the Marines he proudly led.
Taylor’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Certificate of Commendation (Individual), Good Conduct Medal, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Medal-ISAF Afghanistan, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Knauss, U.S. Army
In 2016, Ryan Knauss graduated from highschool and joined the U.S. Army. After finishing primary coaching and Airborne School, he served within the 82nd Airborne Division. Following a deployment to Afghanistan in 2017, he accomplished the Psychological Operations Qualification Course and was assigned to the ninth Battalion, eighth Psychological Operations Group. SSgt. Knauss was the final American army member to die in the course of the conflict in Afghanistan.
SSgt. Knauss’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Congressional Gold Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge, and the Army Basic Parachutist Badge.
Corporal Hunter Lopez, U.S. Marine Corps
Raised in a household that valued service, Hunter Lopez was a captain within the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Scouts earlier than becoming a member of the Marine Corps. The 22-year-old deliberate on becoming a member of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after getting back from deployment.
Cpl. Lopez’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Letter of Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lance Corporal Rylee McCollum, U.S. Marine Corps
In December 2019, Rylee J. McCollum accomplished boot camp at Camp Pendleton. While anticipating the beginning of his first little one, Lance Corporal McCollum deployed to Jordan in April of 2021. His battalion deployed to the Middle East as a part of the Special Purpose–Marine Air-Ground Task Force–Crisis Response–Central Command. It was the 20-year-old’s first deployment. Just 18 days after McCollum misplaced his life, his household welcomed the beginning of his daughter, Levi Rylee Rose, at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital.
LCpl. McCullum’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lance Corporal Dylan R. Merola, U.S. Marine Corps
Dylan R. Merola joined the Marine Corps on August 26, 2019, in honor of his great-grandfathers, who each served in the course of the Korean War. Following his deployment to Afghanistan, which was LCpl. Merola’s first, he deliberate to purchase a automotive and pursue an engineering diploma. The 20-year-old was in Kabul for lower than every week earlier than the August twenty sixth assault. Los Osos High School, Merola’s alma mater, honored him with a second of silence earlier than its first soccer recreation of the season.
LCpl. Merola’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, U.S. Marine Corps
In 2019, Kareem Nikoui graduated from Norco High School and joined the Marines. While in class, he was a standout pupil and was concerned in JROTC. Friends and household bear in mind the 20-year-old as selfless, brave, and trustworthy. Norco, CA, his hometown, renamed their submit workplace in his honor.
LCpl. Nikoui’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Corporal Daegan W. Page, U.S. Marine Corps
In September 2017, lower than a yr after graduating from Millard South High School in Omaha, NE, Daegan Page signed a delayed entry program contract with the Marines. Four months later, he left for boot camp. Cpl. Page beloved being a Marine and was proud to function a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment at Camp Pendleton. He deployed a number of occasions and served in Japan, South Korea, Australia, Jordan, and Afghanistan. The 23-year-old lived life to the fullest; family and friends bear in mind him for having a fun-loving spirit and a large coronary heart.
Cpl. Page’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Sergeant Johanny Rosario-Pichardo, U.S. Marine Corps
After graduating from highschool in 2014, Sergeant Johanny Rosario-Pichardo enlisted within the Marines. She served with Task Force 51/fifth Marine Expeditionary Brigade, a Naval Amphibious Force that responds to crises, such because the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Sgt. Rosario-Pichardo was assigned to the Female Engagement Team to display the ladies and kids making an attempt to flee Taliban rule. She misplaced her life serving to two Afghan ladies trampled by the group following the explosion. Sgt. Rosario-Pichardo’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, and plenty of extra.
Corporal Humberto Sanchez, U.S. Marine Corps
Corporal Humberto Sanchez was the primary of his household to be born within the United States and the primary to serve within the U.S. Military. In 2017, Cpl. Sanchez graduated from Logansport High School and enlisted within the Marine Corps. After finishing primary coaching and School of Infantry, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in Camp Pendleton, California.
In February 2021, Corporal Sanchez started his third deployment. His battalion was assigned to function the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force for Central Command. As the deployment neared its finish, they went to help within the evacuation of Kabul. Cpl. Sanchez misplaced his life serving to a gaggle of civilians transfer to security.
Corporal Sanchez’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Lance Corporal Jared M. Schmitz, U.S. Marine Corps
In 2019, throughout his senior yr at Fort Zumwalt South High School, Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz signed an enlistment contract with the Marines. Soon after commencement, he headed in addition camp in San Diego, CA. Earning his place within the Marines was LCpl. Schmitz’s proudest accomplishment.
LCpl. Schmitz’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Max W. Soviak, U.S. Navy
When HM3 Max Soviak graduated from Edison High School in 2017, he was decided to hitch the U.S. Navy. After coaching, he served in Guam as a medic in vaccinations and surgical procedure. Although he loved Guam, his aim was to serve alongside the Marines. He attended Corpsman School and was assigned to the 2/1 Ghost firm. While on deployment in Jordan, his battalion assisted with the humanitarian effort in Kabul. HM3 Soviak died doing what he was captivated with: serving his nation and serving to individuals.
HM3 Soviak’s awards and decorations embrace the Purple Heart, Congressional Gold Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Fleet Marine Forces Specialist Warfare Designation.
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