Rabbi (Capt.) Yisahar Izak, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division participated in a memorial physical training (PT) Oct 30 in honor of a fallen paratrooper.
Unlike his routine PT sessions, that morning’s combat PT was conducted in a way to commemorate a comrade-in-arms.
“The difference is we do the biography, prayer and a PT session to make it more meaningful for the fallen hero,” Izak said.
The workout was a tribute to 20-year-old Spc. Lucas C. Hopper who died Oct. 30, 2009 in Iraq when an armored vehicle he was riding in rolled over on a road southeast of Baghdad.
Dressed in full Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniforms, including plate carriers, several Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment performed various workout routines to what the fallen Soldier enjoyed doing. These exercises include litter carry, burpees, push-ups, pull-ups and lunges.
“We cater to his passions in the workout,” Izak said. “We try to reenact some of the circumstances that he has faced in the battlefield; we try to adjust that towards the workout.”
Izak also stated that the workout is geared towards training Soldiers in functional movement they need at the battlefield.
According to Military.com Hopper had a sense of humor. Before his death, the military sent him a form listing his last requests.
When asked, “Persons you want to eulogize you at your funeral, if available.”
He replied with, “Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Jack Nicholson.”
Hopper was assigned to the 1st Bn., 505th PIR, 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. when he died.
“We just want to show him that his legacy will continue,” Izak said. “It has never left us and will never leave us.”