Oxford Pennsylvania Chapter
MARK ABBOTT CPL. USMC
Mark Abbott is a United States Marine Corps Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He Served as an 0311 Rifleman in Echo Company, of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment based at camp LeJeune North Carolina from 2006-2010.
After coming home, Mark and his wife HaLeigh worked to establish a civilian life and started a family, but the camaraderie of active duty was missing for Mark.
After finding The Weekly Fight through friends, Mark found support and purpose in helping other vets find their new brotherhood.
Mark and his wife, HaLeigh, stood up the second chapter of The Weekly Fight on June of '17 at CrossFit Thunder Hill in Oxford, Pa with the help of gym owners John and Jill Wallen.
MARK REPPERT SR AIRMEN AIR NATIONAL GUARD
As time went on I wasn’t fulfilled in my job as a carpenter. I was 25 and newly married. I brought it up joining the military to my wife Chelsea, that it had always been a dream of mine. Fearful that she would be the reason I never went in, she urged me to carry out my dream. With her support I was sworn into the Air National Guard in 2013.
I shipped off to basic training and then straight into my AFSC school totaling about 7 months of being away from home and my wife. When I got home I was ordered to a few months of seasoning days to get acclimated to my unit the 201st RED HORSE squadron. 6 months later my unit mobilized to Hohenfels Germany at a U.S Army base to construct a short takeoff and landing runway which provided support for aerial drop and training missions.
Twelve months later I found myself at a very different TDY in Guatemala. The 201st RED HORSE was tasked to a humanitarian aid project in western Guatemala to construct a medical clinic. Being a traditional guardsman allows me to transition from military life to a civilian multiple time throughout the year. I feel that it gives me a unique perspective from both sides.
Recently I have been perusing a bachelor’s degree in occupation safety and environmental health at Millersville university. I spend my free time with my son Connor and wife Chelsea. If we aren’t in the back yard playing, we are most likely at CrossFit Uncompromised.
Manayuck Pennsylvania Chapter
JAMES TAULBEE SGT FIRST CLASS U.S. ARMY/USMC
Born in Lebanon, PA, raised in York, PA. Joined the Marine Corps in April 1999 as an 0351; Infantry/Anti Armor Assaultman. Two tours in Iraq encompassing most of 2003, 2004 and 2005. After years of battling PTSD and a myriad of physical ailments for a lot of years after the war, found his way to his first CrossFit box, and his life was changed forever. The positivity, inclusiveness, pain subsiding and camaraderie were something that was missing for a long time. From athlete, then coach, then level 2 coach, now gym owner of Fire for Effect Athletics and member of Rob Orlando's CrossFit Strongman seminar staff...James hopes to spread the message that we can keep fighting, and win battle after battle, with the help of fitness, wellness, and friends.
Wilmington Delaware Chapter
PHILLIP GARRETT SGT. U.S. ARMY
Middletown Delaware Chapter
BILL GONDELA CPT. U.S. ARMY
Bill joined the Army as a Second Lieutenant in 2009 after receiving his commission from the University of Scranton. Bill was part of the Transportation Branch in the army which predominantly served the purpose of moving class of supply from tactical to strategic assignments across the military. His First Duty assignment was to the headquarters and headquarters company for the third sustainment brigade out of Fort Stewart Georgia.
Upon arriving at Fort Stewart he was reassigned to deploy forward with the 104th Transportation Company out of Fort Benning Georgia as a Platoon leader. Bill spent a year as a platoon leader leading convoys throughout south and western Afghanistan in 2010-11. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant during this time. Upon return he was reassigned to Fort Stewart Georgia to a Battalion Level Operations position.
In 2012, as a Captain, he was moved to a Brigade Logistics Position to Deploy again to Afghanistan to support the retrograde and sustainment missions across various regional commands. After this tour Bill returned to run a division level mission to save money. He ran a team that reused and repurposed class of supply during the budget cuts and drawdowns of 2013-14. He ended his active duty service in 2014 and was in the reserves in Charleston SC for a year after that.
Since then Bill has held multiple positions for renowned companies that he can tie back to his military service and training. He met his wife Troy in ROTC at Scranton and they were dual military during their Active Duty careers. They have two Children, David and Juliet.
I know that I am most grateful for my opportunities to lead missions and travel on convoys across Afghanistan with my platoon. Any assignment to lead Soldiers was an absolute blessing and is what I reflect on often.
Annandale Virginia Chapter
CHRISTOPHER DUNCAN, CPT. U.S. ARMY
CPT Christopher Duncan enlisted in the Air Force in 2000 directly out of high school and served one enlistment as an aircraft mechanic. In total Christopher spent 9 years overseas in support of military operations.
Christopher enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2010 to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned as an Infantry Officer in August 2011. Since commissioning Christopher has served on state active duty in support of Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Joaquin.
His most recent assignment on Federal Activity Duty was an overseas deployment in support of Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve as the Chief of Space and Special Technical Operations. During this assignment, he received the Meritorious Service Medal for achievements.
Christopher was recently selected to serve on the National Guard Innovation Team whose mission is to solve problems across the entire National Guard.
In his spare time, Christopher enjoys his favorite hobby as a private pilot, running ultra-marathons and spending time his wife and pets.