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FieldCore Sponsors “Murph” to Bring Company Veterans and Civilians Together This Memorial Day

May 28, 2021 by
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Ahead of Memorial Day, AirForce Veteran Christopher White wanted to get his company involved. FieldCore, a division of GE, employs about 690 veterans across the country. With jobs ranging from wind technicians, mechanics, and field engineers, veterans make up 25% of the company. As an avid CrossFitter, White thought, what better way to bring honor and comradery on Memorial Day than by involving his employees in “Murph.”

  • “We were looking for a way to support our veteran employees and most importantly to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice of tens of thousands of Americans this Memorial Day. Murph brings together the CrossFit community like nothing else and we want the same for our veterans and employees at FieldCore,” said White.
  • “The workout is bigger than just another WOD, it’s an annual reminder that freedom truly isn’t free and that our country was founded and is protected today by brave men and women that are willing to die so that we may live free.”
  • “The pain and suffering we go through are just shadows of the ultimate sacrifice Lt. Murphy and so many others have made for us to enjoy the freedoms we have,” said White.

“Murph”

  • For time:
    1-mile run
    100 pull-ups
    200 push-ups
    300 squats
    1-mile run

The workout details: Movements can be done straight through or partitioned. Rx participants will complete “Murph” in a 14/20 pound weighted vest. The Hero workout “Murph” was named after Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005.

As an official host for the workout “Murph,” FieldCore has also offered free registration to the first 100 employees that sign up. The registration fee benefits the Lt. Michael Murphy Scholarship Foundation. 

Army veteran JamesDean Brinkley is a mobile wind instructor at FieldCore. Not your typical CrossFitter, Brinkley only jumps into CrossFit-type workouts every now and then with his friends. But this opportunity to participate in “Murph,” brings back memories of when he served.

  • “I participated in the Murph with a group of friends that I was serving with, in 2018 in Savannah, GA. I was in top shape back in 2018. It was a great experience, and I expect it to be harder this year,” said Brinkley.
  • Being able to do it alongside his fellow co-workers this year, brings him a new opportunity.
  • “Non-veterans should participate in “Murph” because it is a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally, and to remember the people who have died overseas. Veterans and non-veterans will experience camaraderie in this shared challenging experience.”

As for Ben Stevie, Vice President of Operations at FieldCore, he is neither a veteran nor a CrossFitter but will still be participating in “Murph.”

  • “I did Murph for the first time last year, it was awesome. Great experience, excellent endurance building and you’re supporting a great cause by celebrating the incredible heroes who have sacrificed everything for our freedoms,” said Stevie.
  • While he enjoys the fitness part of the workout, for him, it’s more about being able to do it alongside his co-workers who have served.
  • “I enjoy the comradery of doing it with friends and then celebrating after. Both for completing the workout as well as in the spirit of Memorial Day and the sacrifice made by Lt. Michael Murphy.”

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