Team Guardian

 

 

  

 


ABOUT S01 Patrick D. Feeks

         

On August 16, 2012 A/C crashed while on a mission in Khashir area of Chenarto village in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. The Never Quit Challenge has named a team with the call sign GUARDIAN in memory of S01 Pat Feeks

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Team GUARDIANs Jetski bears the name of S01 Pat Feeks
 
 

 ABOUT OZ72

 

 

On August 16, 2012 A/C crashed while on a mission in Khashir area of Chenarto village in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province

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Those Killed onboard:

CW3 Brian D. Hornsby[P]
CW2 Suresh N.A. Krause[P]
SGT Luis A. Oliver Galbreath[CE 
SPC Richard A. Essex[G]
PO1 Sean P. Carson (USN)
PO1 Patrick D. Feeks (USN)
PO2 David J. Warsen (USN)
3 ANA killed
1 Afghan interpreter killed

Blackjacks Memorial Mural - DH20 & OZ72

"The Blackjacks' Memorial, created by SGT BH  and SGT TB, We will continue to honor our fallen brothers!"

BLackjacks FRG Facebook Page

 

Plaque dedication to the crews of DiamondHead 20 & OZZI 72 on 11 Sep 12

Blackhawk Facebook page


WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SACRIFICES

 

April 2013, Mrs. Emily Feeks generously has dedicated her husband's personal American flag that he carried with him during his combat missions.

This tribute is a powerful testimony of love and determination.  We are honored to bear the spirit of our friend S01 Patrick Feeks during the Never Quit Challenge and 

to return his flag to his wife when team GUARDIAN lands in New York City on the anniversary of 9-11.  His brothers will take good care and there will be new stories to share in honor of our friend Patrick. Thank you for sharing your love with the team Emily.  

GBNF

Fág an Bealach

   

                   The Feeks family, Mother Ginny, Father Thomas, Sister Regina, Pat and Emily

 

In Memory of Patrick D. Feeks

by Emily Feeks

A LIFE, A LEGACY

People have asked us many times to try to talk about who Patrick was and I can only tell you no words will ever explain to anyone who did not know him the caliber of individual he was and will always be in our hearts. A person so amazing and unique, he was truly larger than life, invincible.  Patrick was a force of nature nothing could stop. He was this incredible rock who always knew how to handle any life situation. 

 

The 16th of August 2012 seemed so impossible. I had just talked to my husband on Skype as he headed out the door overseas, he said “I love you more.” like any other day.

 

It seemed impossible less than 12 hours later could they be telling me he was gone. Those words still cut through me like a knife as they do any wife, mother, father, sibling, family member, teammate, or friend.

 

I choke up as I write this even now to bring back my thoughts to that day. There is this hole that no person could ever fill in our lives, as no one could ever fill any of Patrick’s roles in life the way that he did with such humor, love, faithfulness, and devotion.

 

There are so many things in life we are powerless against and Patrick’s death is one of them.

 

Though we have no choice to events that may happen in our lives we do have the choice on how we go forward.  We have the choice to carry on and to change other people’s lives.  To not let the lives of those we have loved and lost ever be forgotten.

 

Life is not about what you cannot do but what you CAN do; in this we have a choice.  To me that choice is what Never Quit Challenge is all about, the choice we have not to give up, or to give in, the choice to keep going.  

 

Patrick would be all over this event hands down! Pat was one of the few people I have ever known in life who would stare down any obstacle, laugh, and keep on going.

 

I wish that he could be here to join us, and he is in spirit.

 

In a specially made shadow box I keep some very special mementos of Patrick, including the flag he always carried on him.

 

The flag has seen many things and was with Patrick when he was killed. 

 

Patrick’s teammates carried the flag home to me and placed it in my hands , of the few things I remember from those first days I will never forget that moment. 

 

I think there is no better place for this flag to be than to ride with the jetski that is in his honor for the journey.

 

We all must remember when a life ends a legacy continues, it is a journey that is carried on in the hearts and hands of those who remember and never forget. 

 

                     In loving memory of SO1 (SEAL) Patrick Delaney Feeks 

 

                                     “Cry Havoc, let slip the frogs of war!”

 

 


 

 


 Please take a moment to reflect on the lives of those lost April 2012 onboard OZZI 72

 

On August 16, 2012 A/C crashed while on a mission in Khashir area of Chenarto village in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province

 

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Those Killed onboard:

 

CW3 Brian D. Hornsby[P]
CW2 Suresh N.A. Krause[P]
SGT Luis A. Oliver Galbreath[CE
SPC Richard A. Essex[G]
PO1 Sean P. Carson (USN)
PO1 Patrick D. Feeks (USN)
PO2 David J. Warsen (USN)
3 ANA killed
1 Afghan interpreter killed

 

 

19 APR 12

CW2 Nicholas S. Johnson [P] 
CW2 Don C. Viray [P] 
SPC Dean R. Shaffer Jr [CE] 
SPC Chris J. Workman [G] 

Afghanistan

 

Army Air Crews Blackhawk

 


 

FEEKS CHALLENGE COIN

 

Cry Havoc, Let Slip the Frogs of War

 

THE NQC
During the first NQC in 2013, the Feeks family were one of our motivational inspirations. Please read this wonderful tribute:

 

The Never Quit Challenge is a 1,600 mile JETSKI adventure operated by combat and SAR Veterans. It begins in Key West, Florida on September 5th with a dedication ceremony. The Never Quit Challenge (NQC) gets underway early on September 6th, then heads up the coastline for the next 6 days landing I New York City NY on September 11th.  There are 3 select charities for supporters to make contributions towards in support of our Veterans and their families.

What is a Challenge Coin?

A challenge coin is a tradition for a symbolic gesture, of which consists of a ‘challenge’.  Usually there is alcohol involved and posturing requiring specific protocols to be enacted.                                                                          

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion typically of military design, bearing an organizations insignia or emblem. It is carried by the organization’s members.

Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members.

In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization. There are many traditions surrounding a challenge coin, how it is awarded and to whom. 

Coin Rules

There are also rules for the coins, one is that the coin must be given and explained as to why it is being gifted to the new coin holder.  The coin MUST be carried at all times; the holder can be challenged to produce it, without taking more than 4 steps to retrieve it. 

When challenging the coin holder one must be told if it’s for a single drink or a round of elixirs.  Failing to produce a coin, results in purchase of drinks, which can be expensive.

If all challenged produce their coins, the challenger loses and must buy all drinks.  If a person gives their coin to another, that person can now keep the coin. 

If a coin is lost, the individual needs to replace it.  They cannot be punched with holes and worn or hung like jewelry.  The coin has to be controlled at all times.

Gifting a coin to just ‘anyone’ is not considered honorable.  To receive a coin is a personal value, it’s an honor.

Family

 

April 9th, 2013 I drove my 4 place jetski trailer to Coronado California. I was to meet up with Lars Hausken who is a lead K38 instructor. Today we were going to meet Mrs. Ginny Feeks, mother of S01 Patrick Feeks. 

On August 16, 2012 A/C crashed while on a mission in Khashir area of Chenarto village in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar province. The Never Quit Challenge has named a team with the call sign OZZI 72 in memory of S01 Pat Feeks as well as a Kawasaki Ultra LX Jetski bearing his name. 

Ginny was coming to christen the Jetski today.  It was going to be a big moment for us, and a great honor. Ginny pulls up in her car and she has something clasped in her hands. She is sitting in the driver’s seat and begins to tell me about the coin. She and her husband Thomas have a daughter Regina whom is also serving in the US Navy. 

She began to tell me the story about the coin and her daughter Regina who had designed the coin.  She handed it to me. I knew the value of accepting coins. It wasn’t just a token, it was an honor.  She showed me the detail and the symbolism that Regina applied to the coin.  The green embossed color flowed smoothly over the Frog Havoc quote. The gold shines bold against the crisp edging.  One side of the coin bears the family’s Coat of Arms.  “Cry Havoc, Let Loose the Frogs of War’ is the strong anchor of the symbolic representation of the spirit of Regina’s brother. 

On the edge of the coin is a special engraved phrase bearing keynotes of Patricks service record. The OZZI 72 call sign is there representing the Helo he and others were in when they passed on.  There are simplistic but firm details on all three sides of the coin, front, back and rim.  Regina did well, on the landscape of this coin she captured the strengths and attributes of her brother’s strong life.

SPLASH

We kitted Ginny up in her personal protective equipment (PPE) and did an orientation for safety with the Jetski.  It was a beautiful day in San Diego.  We were going to conduct a tour of the harbor and pass by downtown.  Ginny looked sharp in her gear and had a lot of confidence, despite this being her first jetski ride.

The boat named in her families honor was smart and crisp on the water and Ginny had no problem getting comfortable underway. Lars and I both tracked with Ginny on her port and starboard sides.  We crossed under the shadow of the Coronado Bay bridge at a sharp pace.  We were heading over to the San Diego Waterfront. 

This was something that Patrick would have loved to do.  It was a great match to see his mother stepping forward to do something that her son would have been after, and he also would be very proud of his mother as we were.  It was a good day.

Regina and her mother talked over the possibility of having Patrick’s Challenge Coin involved in the Never Quit Challenge. Quickly they went to action and a package arrived at my home. It was not a large package. It was a very heavy package. I knew instantly when I signed for it that this box was special. When the mail lady handed it to me, I knew the promise had arrive. Pat’s coins were here.

I sat down in a chair and touched the box. These coins were going to be shrink wrapped and given to 30 of our team members to carry on the 1,600 mile journey.  They were our first symbol of the NQC that made the event real and not words on a website. A note and a coin were side marked for Lars.

My daughter Kyla began the process of shrink wrapping the coins.  She commented on the good design and we talked about the Feeks family.  It’s not just keeping the memory alive of a loved one lost, it’s about cherishing the love of that person and celebrating their life.

I know how deeply myself and Lars have already been affected by the Feeks family, the graciousness and generosity. We are looking forward to each day that comes closer to the NQC.  Lars and I will be taking Patrick’s coin with us on all our training rides, so we’ll keep him in our thoughts, his family and his surviving spouse Emily. 

This is an amazing family.  They are living with their own measure of grief, and at the same time they share their love by inspiring Patrick’s name to benefit the lives of others.  The S01 Pat Feeks boat will be riding in honor of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.  www.PhoenixPatriotFoundation.org

Patrick was a supporter of PPF and a friend to many.  This is a selfless act of this family. They have participated in numerous other charity events to benefit Veteran causes.

We are thankful to have the Feeks family support the NQC and their spirit is a vital aspect of what the Never Quit Challenge represents.  Patricks surviving spouse Mrs. Emil Feeks is actively involved in supporting charities in the name of her husband.  She also servers our nation, this family is steeply rooted in service to America. Please read her tribute to her beloved: Tribute 

These are the people who make a difference in the lives of others, despite their own life hurdles and pain, they go the distance.  We will do our best to honor Patrick. 

Follow this link to see Ginny’s ride:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcVh_o5ZhdU 

Never Quit Challenge Website:  www.NeverQuitChallenge.com 

 

 

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