Friday, January 25, 2013

Commandos will "ruck" through Franklin County in early February

In early February you may see 16 air commandos rucking along Highway 98 through Gulf and Franklin counties.

Rucking means they’ll be hiking through the area with heavy packs.

This event will be a relay Rucking with teams of 4 rotating every three hours. 

The air commandos are rucking 450 miles from Hurlburt Field to MacDill AFB in Tampa.

At the same time the commandos are hiking through the panhanle,  two more commandos will begin their ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Both events are being conducted in an effort to raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and to honor five Air Commandos that were killed in 2012.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps during an operational or training mission under the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The American legion Post 82 in Lanark Village is asking that people show their support for the commandos by honking your horn, offering a friendly hello, or maybe providing some bottled water and snacks.

The estimated dates that they will be passing through Franklin County on Highway 98 will be Monday afternoon February 4th and Tuesday morning February 5th

If you would like to make a donation to the cause, we’ve posted a link to the website where you can do so on this story on the news page at

You can also foolow their progress on their facebook page. e-mail with comments