Joint Base Charleston hosted a 9-mile ruck march starting at the Air Base at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to honor the nine victims of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 crash, which occurred May 2, 2018, in Port Wentworth, Georgia.
During a Ruck march, participants are loaded with full gear.
Approximately 40 Joint Base Charleston personnel were called to assist at the crash site to include mortuary affairs/search and recovery team, legal team, chaplain and chaplain assistant, documentation team, and a mental health team.
“When a tragic event like this happens and especially so close to us it affects the entire base,” said Lt. Col. William Parker, commander of the 628th Force Support Squadron and one of the leads of the JB Charleston recovery efforts. “This ruck march is meant to honor the Airmen we lost that day one year ago and stand as a symbol of solidarity with our fellow service members in the Air National Guard as well as the Team Charleston members who participated in the recovery efforts.”
JB Charleston leadership as well as members from the search and recovery team will also be attending the Rican 68 Memorial Service on May 2nd in Port Wentworth, Georgia.