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Marc Esposito, age 26

Currently Resides:   Cameron, NC
Hometown:   Boardman, OH (near Youngstown)
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio
Formerly Stationed: Lackland AFB TX, Hurlburt Field AFB FL, Kadena AFB Okinawa Japan, Pope AFB NC

"Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself” The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?"- William J. Bennett, in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy, November 24, 1997 

Sergeant Marc Esposito loves his job as a Combat Controller in Air Force Special Operations.  Even though he barely survived an IED attack in a mountain pass in Afghanistan, he says he can’t wait to recover fully so he can “get back and give back.”

Actually, Marc isn’t waiting until then to give back.  He has joined the Sea to Shining Sea ride because he wants to raise awareness for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation for wounded veterans.

Marc’s own recovery has amazed every one on the medical team that treated him. The injuries he suffered when he was thrown from his vehicle were extensive:  he was on fire and unconscious when a Special Forces medic reached him.  He credits the quick, professional actions of that medic for enabling him not only to survive, but also to keep his legs.

According to the surgeons who treated Marc, his excellent physical fitness contributed to his ability to survive.  So it’s not surprising that Marc is pursuing a high fitness standard during his recovery.  

He says he is most looking forward to the challenge of the rough terrain he will encounter on the ride.  Marc is also looking forward to visiting with family and friends along the route.  He has invited his sister, who lives in Centerville Ohio, to join him on the Cambridge-Steubenville-Pittsburgh portion of the ride.

Reader Comments (20)

I would imagine by now you are all too aware of how this ride is a perfect prescription for handling PTG (ask Chad Jukes). As a parent, I couldn't be more proud of everyone's courage and determination. It's inspiring to read the bios. I pray your stamina continues to focus on the positive perspective you need to finish the task. God Bless all of you!

May 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Esposito

It was great talking with you today Marc and I along with your teammates here at Pope look forward to following your journey across this great country of ours. You have overcome many obstacles to get where you are today and I know you have great things to look forward to in the future!

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTim Beavers

Marc is "the Beast"! Hey Bro...wish I were riding with you...maybe some day! Stay strong!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Sanders

Marc, I am amazed by your story! Thank you! Thanks for all you have given for our country. I'll be there, to cheer you on, in Gettysburg, PA

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStevehorning

Rex!!! Hahah thats Awesome man. Your one crazy dude. Do work son.

July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric Barrios

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