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Jonathan Geerts Bayshore 70.4 Triathlon Fundraiser
I am proud to stand with Folds of Honor and am committed to raise money to help the Foundation realize its mission of providing educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service-men and women. In support of the Folds of Honor mission, i will be running my second triathlon, the Bayshore 70.4 Triathlon, on March 4th 2017. Please help me support Folds of Honor by making a donation, big or small, or by simply spreading the word of the mission. Your financial support will be used efficiently and effectively to help support the Folds of Honor scholarship programs.
Making a donation is easy and secure! Just click the Donate button on this page to make a donation that will be credited to my fundraising efforts. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
I am raising money in memory of Major Troy Gilbert.
I commissioned into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant with class 16-08 on September 9th 2016 through Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL. The main academic building at OTS, building 1487, was dedicated as Gilbert Hall in 2009, named after F-16 pilot Maj. Troy "Trojan" Gilbert. A Breckenridge, Texas native, Maj Gilbert graduated from OTS in 1995. Major Gilbert lost his life near Taji, Iraq in 2006 during a low-altitude strafing pass supporting friendly troops from enemy insurgents. He was survived by his wife and five children. For his utterly brave and selfless last act, Maj Gilbert was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor and the purple heart. Maj Gilbert exemplifies what it means to serve with honor, integrity, and respect. Beyond a doubt, every single cadet in Class 16-08 was inspired by and looked up to Maj Troy Gilbert as a role-model.
Prior to commissioning into the Air Force, I was very fortunate to be able to work towards my Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. I would not be in the position I am today without the tremendous opportunities provided to me in college. Providing children of military personnel killed in combat or training the ability to pursue the same kind of opportunities is one of many reasons why Folds of Honor is such an incredible organization.
I chose a half Ironman triathlon as my own personal fundraiser. I was introduced to triathlon in 2015, mainly attracted to the fact that it encompassed all major forms of cardiovascular activity into a fun and outdoors environment. People frequently ask me how to get motivated to start a consistent workout regime, and signing up for/committing to a race or competition is in my opinion one of the best ways to get motivated. If we can combine this with fundraising efforts, we can build a community founded on the principles that we should always strive to improve and become better versions of ourselves, while raising awareness and funds for some incredible charities that support our nation's service members and their families.
Thank you for supporting the mission of the Folds of Honor Foundation.
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