Backblast #549: Happy Birthday, Hack


DATE: 11/10/2020
AO: Manhattan Park
QIC: Kraut
PAX: Pasty, Ketchup, Madoff, Cuddle Buddy, Catan, Steamroller, Mad Cow, Hoffa, Genie, BasicBro, Crosswalk
Pre-Blast: “I am your Q at Manhattan Park tomorrow for a :nfs: beatdown in honor of the late David Hackworth who’s birthday was November 11. No coupons required, but if you want to up the suck, bring a ruck or weight vest. Hardcore Recondo Commit below!”

5 Core Principles: Free of charge | Open to all men | Held outdoors, rain or shine, hot or cold | Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion with no training or certification necessary | End w/ a Circle of Trust

Disclaimer: This is a free, volunteer, peer-led workout. I am not a professional. I have no knowledge of any injuries or fitness considerations. It is each person’s responsibility to be safe and modify exercises if you need to. The most important thing is that you don’t get hurt, and that you finish. Remember, the workout should be you vs you.          

Capri Lap
10 Overhead Clap
10 Cherry Pickers w/ Back Clap

Phase 1:
3 Rounds OYO:
30 Squats
16 Lunges
50 SSH (4 ct.)
25 Hello Dolly (4 ct.)
35 Mountain Climbers (4 ct.)

After 3 rounds, take a cool down lap around the parking lot and then PUTS

Pax were given a short recovery period while YHC read the following quote: “

Hack recognised that the cornerstone of esprit is hard work and success: “You can’t make a unit proud by praising it and you can’t make a soldier proud by telling him how tough or good he is. That’s the superficial stuff. No pain, no gain. They had to earn it.” But equally, Hack knew the value of a little showmanship, particularly in building the cohesion that comes with being part of a distinct tribe:

… I brought back saluting, a sign of military discipline that had been swallowed up by the rice paddy mud. Then I added a twist. When a soldier saluted, I required him to sound off with a loud “Hardcore Recondo, sir” — to which the officer would reply, “No fucking slack” …. Bob Press hired a machine shop in Saigon to make small black metal Recondo arrowhead pins, which the men quickly began wearing …. all outgoing mail was stamped with the Recondo logo …. All of this said, We’re different, we’re not just plain old infantry, we’re the best.”

Phase 2:
0.5 mile run with a few stops in the middle for bear crawls and PUTS
0.5 mile Indian Run, last Pax does 2 burpees and then sprints to the front (it was a long way :D)

15 BBS
15 Flutter Kicks (4 ct.)
15 LBS (4 ct.)

End of Workout

Circle of Trust (CoT)

  • Count-O-Rama
  • Name-O-Rama
  • F3-specific Announcements
  • Leaders Message

From About Face: “I gave as many classes personally as I could, not only for the benefit of the troops, but for myself. I found that the teacher learns as much, if not more than, his students, and that it also kept my own skills sharpened to a fine edge. It’s easy to lose touch with the basics, and you become less inclined to get them back once you’ve moved up the latter; I’ve seen too many high-ranking officers who stopped trying, having decided, I guess, that they were ‘above all that.'”…

…Colonel [Johns] would stroll along the range for a while giving encouragement and instruction, then stop by a soldier: “you got a quarter son? “He’d ask.
“Yes, sir.”
“Give me your rifle there.” The trooper with then hand over his weapon. After taking a good hard look at it, Johns would turn to the kid. “Now you just throw that quarter right up in the air. As high as you like.” The trooper would toss up the coin, and before he had a chance to blink, Johns would put a bullet – sometimes two – right through the middle of it. His hand back to kids rifle as the quarter ricocheted to the ground and continue down the firing line until he got the urge to display his prowess once again. The “John’s quarter,” as it was called, was a sought after prize. More than that, though, was the pleasure of watching him “produce” one. The troops loved it.

Auf Wiedersehen – Kraut