Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Airmen assigned to Pope Army Airfield logged more than 1,610 miles in a 24-hour run.
The Tactical Air Control Party conducts the annual run worldwide to both honor and raise funds for fallen TACP members and their Families.
This year’s run took place from noon March 30 to noon March 31 at Hercules Field.
Even weather couldn’t stop the Airmen. Though the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Fort Bragg very early on the second morning, they showed up.
“We had guys out here getting drenched,” said Joseph Hauser, an Airman who helped organize the event.
Organizing duties included allocating time slots for runners throughout the night and designating responsibilities for set-up and breakdown of gear. But, in addition to the responsibility, Hauser said he ran 26 miles.
According to Eddie Mireles, a 30-year Air Force veteran who will soon retire as a chief master sergeant, more than 350 Airmen participated in the run.
“This is the one time in the year when we come together as a career field to remember those service members in our community who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to remember their Families,” Mireles said.
One Airman, Oscar Robles, said he had been battling a cold, but showed up to ‘walk’ the run with his 16-month-old son, Sterling.
“I was sick. All of a sudden it (cold) hit me, but you’ve got to come here and be able to support them,” he said.
“It’s always about teamwork,” said Mireles. “We kept memorializing those who have fallen.”
At press time, more than $112,000 had been raised for TACP, which includes members of Air Force Special Operations who often share duties with Army Special Forces units.