For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare task unit Afghanistan in June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On June 28, 2005, operating in an extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy’s team was discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to Taliban fighters.

As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged his four member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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CrossFit Scottsdale Connections: Networking in the Neighborhood

So….You come to CrossFit Scottsdale weekly, completing an extensive workout for an hour full of push-ups, pull-ups and squats, and you workout alongside several fellow CrossFitters on a regular basis, and you still don’t know anything about their profession and worse, they don’t know what you do and how you can help them?!?

Lets Fix That!

Beginning in May, CrossFit Scottsdale will start a monthly networking event called CrossFit Scottsdale Connections. This networking event will give you the platform to meet fellow CrossFitters, Spouses, Friends and Colleagues in a professional setting. Come together to enjoy a lunch and learn about each other’s professions, to not only become a better supporter in the gym, but to help grow everyone’s business outside these walls. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather give business to a fellow student and CrossFitter that I share my WOD with. 

The first CrossFit Scottsdale Connections Networking event will take place on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the gym. The event will rotate to a local CrossFitter’s place of business monthly on the third Tuesday of the month from noon-1pm . A Paleo friendly lunch will be provided. Please email Ashley@CrossFitScottsdale.com to let us know that you will be attending.

Benefits of membership include:

Opportunity to host a lunch and present on your profession at your place of business.

Highlighted on the CrossFitScottsdale.com blog/website and on our facebook fan page.

Preferred business directory listing and business information housed on the CrossFit Scottsdale website (new feature coming soon).

Tax deductable gym and Connections membership

The opportunity to network with fellow CrossFitter’s and those interested in seeing you succeed both in and out of the gym

For more information on the program and how it works see a Coach.

Networking Tips:

  • Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.
  • Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.
  • Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.
  • Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, “How may I help you?” and no immediate answer comes to mind.
  • Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.

~Coach Naj

363 days…

Warm up
K.B Swing/Sumo
>5 min

30x Pike sit ups
30x Tuck jumps
30x Lateral burpees
20x Sit up
20x Long jumps
20x Burpees
10x Long leg sit ups
10x Jumping squats
10x High jump burpees

*Every minute on the minute pick up your Kettle Bell and perform 5x swings and back to work until your finished with all your reps.

WOD IV Day 2 Southwest Regional Qualifier

“The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming it.” ~ Confucius

Warm Up: 500 meter row
50 Sit ups
50 Superman

Skill: Overhead Squat

WOD: 1000 meter row
30 OH Squats 135#/85#
1200 meter run

Top Male Times:
1. Neal Maddox 10:32
2. Peter Egyed 10:38

Top Female Times:
1. Rebecca Voight 11:31
2. Ashley Vrienze 12:09

“Courage is about doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.”  ~Eddie Rickenbacker

The Paleo Challenge Leaderboard

Here is the leaderboard at the half way point:


Bob H. 238
Roger 229
Perry 225
Paul 218
Ryan M. 214
Ashley P. 209
Ted 209
Branson 164
Stu 163
Chris T. 156
Jeff Z. 129


Hallie 240
Patty N. 227
Jane 216
Sara H. 212
Tiffany 211
Patty C. 210
Stephanie 209
Jaclyn 200
Dani 198
Melissa E. 198
Najla 192
Katie K. 178
Jennifer 168
Marguerite 166

Awesome job so far CrossFit Scottsdale! What results have you seen so far?

 These totals do not include week 4 and if you are not listed I don’t have your numbers.  Make sure you points are up on the tracking sheets in the gym to be included in next week’s leaderboard.  There are 2 weeks left to collect points.  Every point counts so let’s step it up! 

Finals are May 22nd.  You will need to come to either the  9am or 1oam WOD and the challenge measurement finals at 11:30am.   

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Go Team CrossFit Scottsdale!

1 Mile Run
250 Thrusters 95#/65#
500 Double Unders
125 Pull Ups

Today’s WOD is inspired by the Affiliate Team WOD at the Southwest Regional Qualifier. Our affilitate team from CrossFit Scottsdale is competing and doing a very similar WOD there today.  Good Luck Gamers!  Check our Facebook FanPage for updates.

WOD rules: 
Teams of 4
Only 2 people can be competing at a time
Each team member must do each exercise

 “If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.” ~Don Ward.

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