PRE BLAST F3 The Fort 6th Annual Invergence

Men of  The Fort,

On Friday, September 21st, we will celebrate 6 years of Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith in the Fort Mill area with our annual F3 Invergence party.   Bring a beverage, some food to share, and enjoy a relaxing evening with your brothers.   We’ll have presentations from your local leadership, take a look back at the previous year, and look ahead to what’s in store for 2019  F3 The Fort and F3 Nation.     This is the premier 2nd F event of the year so mark your calendars now,  and plan on being at Rush Pavilion on Friday night, September 21st.

This is a great FNG opportunity!

This is a Pax only event.  Make it up to your M and 2.0’s next weekend.
What:  Fort Mill Invergence (6th anniversary party)
When:  Friday, September 21, 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Where:  Bruce T. Rush Pavillion at the Anne Springs Greenway
Bring:  Food, drink, chair, cash (to cover the pavillion rental/donations to the F3 Foundation)
Please use the link below to RSVP and list what food you will bring:
6th year F3 The Fort Invergence Food Sign Up:



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In just under a month, we will have an opportunity to run one of the best races of the year which has become our Signature Fort Race, The Joe Davis Run for Recovery.

This year is going to be particularly special in that we will also be adding the opportunity to push race chariots for SPEED FOR NEED.

Here’s how you get involved, if you know of someone who has a child with a disability, someone who has a child whose home has been affected by addiction, or a child in some other kind of need, then DM Dark Helmet on Twitter and let him know. If you would like to help push, let him know.

We have a chance to have as many as 6 chairs there (several are already spoken for, but some are empty). That’s the most of any race yet…

So man up! Register, find a “Track Commander” to push, and let’s get after it!

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Its Christmas time and the word of the month is giving so I am asking if you would take moments pray about giving to help a fellow pax. Last year Stang got the Fort and the Rock pax to donate gift cards, cash and presents for me and my family.  This was huge for me and my family, with that  being said I feel the need to help a fellow pax and give back. I have been in touch with our pax of the Fort looking for someone to help out. This morning in COT it was mentioned by Destiny that a fellow pax’s son has just been diagnosed with leukemia and his wife is pregnant with twins. Then again Ginsu and Rock thrill had a tweet about it and come to find out it is an Area51  pax named Bout time his sons name is Jennings. This hits close to home and just knew this is who we need to help this year. a few

If I have never had the pleasure of posting with you in the Gloom I would like to take a second and share my story, Dec 2015 on Christmas eve my 2.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL Type B, on Christmas day she had surgery to have a port installed and her first 3 rounds of chemo. We spent Christmas in the hospital and I broke down never cried so hard in my life. I reached out to God prayed that everything will be okay and about 10 min later after the took my daughter back for surgery he answered my pray because a peace just came over me and heard the words its going to be okay.  The last 2 years have been a hard 2 years with ups and downs but also have enlightened me, allowed me to get closer to God.  It also allowed me to become apart of F3 with out the men of this group not sure where I would be mentally and physically today. I like to thank you for the push the words of encouragement.


I am asking pax to give what your heart tells you. Prayers gift cards, cash etc. I have seen what awesome pax you can be when challenged to give you all always go above and beyond.

See your site Q’s for collections and or Dark helmet , Stang, Witch hunt, Royale and Cornerstone, we want to wrap it up by 12/22/17


2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 18:16

A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


Thanks Again HIMS


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Pineapples, Biscuits and Audibles

  • QIC: Anchorman
  • When: 06/05/17
  • Pax: Anchorman, Zima, Maximus, Crash, On The Rocks, Sweeper, Barry Manilow, McGuyver, Corruption, Airborne
  • Posted In: Flight Plan

10 Pax posted this AM to Flight Plan regardless of the light sprinkling in Fort Mill. This is a runner’s Backblast, so it’ll be short and sweet. There was no Q this AM even after a plea from the Site Q via Twitter. Boeheim was busy in San Diego running a swift 7:16 pace half marathon. Tclaps brother! Quite an achievement.

Anchorman offers to Q, informs us he and Barry Manilow will be running the Pineapple Loop while we could run the Biscuit Run to Hardee’s and back. We all set off as I mentioned to Maximus that the Biscuit Run wasn’t what I had in mind. He said “Call it!” “Audible!” So we ran the Funhouse BRR training special up Sutton, Right on NGR, Left into the big home section of Baxter, down the hill, loop around the cul de sac and return via a few different routes grabbing anywhere from 4.5 – 5.5 miles. Love how we can change things on the fly when needed (#starfish).

Point of note, the sprinkler action on Sutton hit us so many times high, mid and low it was like our own personal Sam’s Express Wash! Someone needs to aim those at the grass and get a rain sensor or two. It was refreshing nonetheless.

All this to say it was a great morning to sharpen each other, share some quality 2ndF and get better!

Announcements: Read Your Newsletter (There’s a lot out there)

BOM on Anchorman

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Flight Plan – Honor the Fallen

  • QIC: Longshanks
  • When: 05/29/2017
  • Pax: Sweeper, Corruption, Old Bay, Crash, On the Rocks, Longshanks
  • Posted In: Flight Plan

Sunday Night – trying to decide between Biscuit Run and Wally World. Then it hit me, how about something just a little different in honor of Memorial Day.

6 showed up at Flight Plan not knowing that we would be doing something other than running, although there would be plenty of running involved.

The Thang

Orders given – run like you were doing the Biscuit run – add Kingsley Loop for more miles. Instead of going to Hardees, go to Veterans Park in Downtown Fort Mill, Plank until the 6 arrives. Read names off the Bricks until the 6 is in.

Pledge of Allegiance followed by 22 down/up Merkins

Run back to the start at Starbucks.


Announcements – Muprh that day, SpeedforNeed, Hog and Coyote, read your newsletter, sign up for Slack

Prayers – families of troops that gave the Ultimate Sacrifice, Troops,

Spend time reflecting on this – “All gave some, some gave All”

Shanks out

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2017 Merkin Challenge

It is that time of year again to set your goals.

Last year, I was able to reach my running goals thanks to the training and support of F3 Bing.  He was patient with me and my slow pace during our long runs.  He also offered good advice about shoes, stretching, and other ways to improve my running.  I thought I would throw out a challenge since I know how much he loves merkins.  The goal I set for him was 25,000 merkins by the end of the year.  I agreed to do at least 50,000.  I got a soft commitment so I thought we would set it in stone by posting it out to the Pax.

The rules are simple.  Keep track of the number of merkins perfomed each day (F3 workouts count)  Remember, good form, none of those half Carolina Dry Dock/Merkins where your body is not moving. The purpose is to develop consistency over time and improve our overall fitness. The great thing is you can do them anywhere…home, work, even when you travel.


Here are the yearly goal level:

Merkins                    Level

25,000                       Silver

50,000                       Gold

75,000                       Platinum

100,000                     Diamond (Beast mode)


For your convenience, here’s a link to the tracker


Fishsticks and Bing





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Baker’s Dozen of Biscuits

  • QIC: Gears
  • When: 11/07/16
  • Pax: Gekko, Senator Tressel, Deacon, Zima, Aquaman, Funhouse, Rebel, Repeat, WWL, Corruption, Green Wave, Longshanks, Gears
  • Posted In: Flight Plan

13 men set their clocks back to make it to Flight Plan for a Biscuit Run.

The Thang:

Various Speeds and Particularly High Quality 2nd F for a Hardees Loop from Baxter Starbucks.


YHC had a mini-sermon on the benefits of the Back Blast, even for the #RunClub workouts like this one.  When I debated my first workout, the #Grantan kept telling me to just “show up”.  I dove in headfirst and that worked for me, but think of the guy who is hanging on to Excuse #1.  He wants to know as much as possible before taking the plunge, and without details, he’s afraid to ring the First Bell.  The Backblast sets expectations, despite the fact that every workout is different due to the shared leadership model that makes F3 fresh and new daily.  On top of this, reinvigorating male leadership for a VQ is much easier when you have examples.  So… when you Q, remember that the BB is there for the Sad Clown, who will become a VQ.


Honor to Serve.

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FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS: Calling all Fort and Rock Pax

I just got our work assignments.  We received 5 work orders for tree removal and 1 for house muckout (remove drywall, carpet, etc).  We will need to bring tools (chainsaws, axes, shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, leaf blower, etc) like we did last week and additional tools (flat nosed shovels, hammers, sheetrock knives, wheelbarrows, etc) and safety equipment (gloves, safety glasses, dust masks, etc) this week.

The current plan is that we will meet at the Lowes by Baxter at 5:00 and leave for Conway, SC.  We would complete work at about 2:00 or 3:00 so that we can return for trick-or-treating with our families.  We will need to bring lunches and water.

Please DM @darkhelmetf3 or email me: with your HCs.


Work crews leaving out tomorrow. We will need help next week as well, so please check your calendars and let me know if you can make it. Here’s the details for tomorrow’s work.

We have been assigned 6 work orders to remove fallen trees (some greater than 18″ diameter) in the Bishopsville area.  We will be meeting tomorrow morning at the Lowe’s in Baxter at 6:00 am and will be leaving at 6:15. This will put us in Bishopsville at about 8:00.

We will be splitting into 2 groups and each group will have a team leader and will work on 3 work orders.  We will carpool and drive down as groups since the groups will be working at different addresses.

The teams are a mix of F3 Pax and Men (and one M) from my church. Again, there will be opportunity to go again next weekend, so LET ME KNOW.

We need to bring the following tools and we will split them up between the 2 groups:

Chainsaws (I think 5 were volunteered and so please bring them along with gas, oil, sharpening tools or whatever else would be needed)

Bring what you need to work safely.
In order to ensure we are as safe as possible while working on these projects, remember not to work after dark when good visibility is no longer possible, and please be sure to bring:

  • Safety glasses / goggles
  • Work boots or sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Work gloves
  • Pants (not shorts)

We need to bring our own lunch and water.  The team leaders will bring a cooler for water and drinks to be put in.

We will work until 5:30 or 6:00 and so if we finish our work orders early then we will see if there are other neighbors in the area that would like some help.  We can then find a place to eat in Bishopsville or head home. 


Flood waters are finally starting to recede on the coast in some areas to a point where we can get in to help. I don’t have all the details yet. They should be forthcoming soon, but here is what I know and what I need at this point.
Early Saturday morning we are looking for strong backs and weak minds to travel to Myrtle Beach and Florence, SC to start the debris clearing. This means that we will need willing men, chainsaws, hand saws, loppers, shovels, possibly wheelbarrows, etc. We will be heading back that evening on this go around. (We will likely be doing an overnight trip next week once the mucking out of houses and such begins. Flood waters are not allowing for this in most areas at this time, is what I understand.) We will also be taking donations down with us. We will take the water that has been collected to now, and any other that we may be able to collect between now and then…
Your HCs ASAP! Hit me on twitter: @darkhelmetf3 (I’ll follow you back so we can share contact info if needed) and tell me if you can make it. It will be a very early start and a fairly late return that day.

Men, I know that there are TONS of ways to help right now, and TONS of places we could do it. If this doesn’t fit you, that’s ok, just help somewhere. However, this is what we are being asked to do for right now. It may seem like a small thing, but it will make a big difference.


Pax, I thought it would be good to give an update on where things stand with the relief efforts. There is much more damage and many more problems than we anticipated in SC, GA, and NC than we (in the Fort) have resources to take care of. It’s important to remember that we will hear of needs all over. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do it all. I often get frustrated and sad that we can’t just fix it, but so be it.

That said, at this time, we are in a holding pattern. The storm surge is continuing to rise in many of those areas, and over the next 48 hours or so there will be continued flooding and other problems that will continue to arise. It will likely be this weekend and into next week before we can safely enter any of those areas. So, as hard as it is, hang tight. Please keep letting me know about the needs that you hear of and about your individual availability to travel (possibly overnight) to affected areas over this weekend and into (and through) next week. Also, keep your eyes on the Twitter machine and FB, etc. for further updates.

Thank you, men, for all you do.
Helmet, out.


Almost one year to the day from our relief efforts in Columbia, SC, and here we go again. Our brothers (F3), but maybe even more importantly, the communities where our brothers and sisters (God’s children) live are feeling the force and will soon be digging out from the devastation of Hurricane Matthew.

I am in contact with some of our coastal Pax and with members and leaders of my Church to try and get updates on needs. I imagine that there will be needs for donations, much like we had for Columbia (water, food, fuel, etc.), and also we want to organize work crews to go down as needed. At this point (10/8/16, 1700hrs), I know of many downed trees, lots of flooding, etc., but we do not know yet what can be done or when. Many communities (whole counties actually) have not started letting residents back in yet.

Here is what I need from you. I need to know if you can plan to go down with crews sometime in the coming days and weeks to administer relief. This will likely consist of delivering supplies, clearing roads, removing debris, and gutting homes and businesses that were flooded. We will need tools, strong backs, and donations. As soon as I know more, I will amend this post.

Again, at this point, if you can comment on this post, or DM me on Twitter, as to whether you can go and what days, that will help to start. Also, if you know of needs or people that are in those areas organizing efforts there, that would be great to know also.



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PRE-BLAST: 4th Annual The Fort Invergence!

On September 30, come and join your F3 brethren from Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, York, Rock Hill, and Indian Land as we celebrate four years of F3 in the Fort Mill area.   We will have a great meal and enjoy presentations from our local F3 leadership,  Aye, men, this is a great opportunity to learn more about F3 and get together with your brothers  in a relaxed, non-sweaty setting.  It’s a ‘can’t miss’ event so mark your calendars now and plan to be there!    No M’s on this one – just the Pax.

What:  Fort Mill Invergence (4th anniversary party)

When:  Friday, September 30, 5:30PM

Where:  Bruce T. Rush Pavillion at the Anne Springs Greenway

Bring:  Food, drink, chair, cash (to cover the pavillion rental/donations to the F3 Foundation)

Please use the link below to RSVP and list what food you will bring:

4th Annual Fort Mill Invergence Dinner Sign Up


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Convergence to Support Army 385th MCT Deployment


Mark your calendars for Tuesday September 13, for a special Convergence to support YHC brother-in-law, 1st Lt. Tyler J. Strom (Convoy). As many of you know, Lt. Strom and his Unit (385th MCT) will be deploying in the following months. The goal for this convergence is to support Lt. Strom and pay homage to all our men & women who have served / currently serving our Nation. Lt. Strom will be your guest Q so come prepared for some PT and be sure you have a clean shave or you will suffer the consequences (his words!).

To support his Unit, we’re asking PAX for donations towards care-package items (review the list of items below). If you’re not the shopping type, you can give a monetary donation as well. Bring all items to the convergence. If you’re unable to make it and still want to give, reach out to myself (504-813-2901 / and I can coordinate a pickup time with you.

When: Tuesday September 13
Location: Ballroom (875 Gold Hill Rd, Fort Mill, SC 29708)
Time: 0515-0600
2/3 F: 0600-0630 (Coffee & donuts will be provided / bring lawn chairs)

What to Bring:

  • Care-package donations
  • Monetary donations (going towards shipping & supplies)
  • Empty shoe box
  • Lawn Chair (for 2/3 F)
  • Red pill
  • FNG

Care-Package List (Do’s / Don’ts)

  • Foods
    • DO’S Rule of thumb – anything that can fit in their cargo pockets
      • Trail mix
      • Beef jerky
      • Crackers (peanut butter/cheese etc.)
      • Ground coffee
      • Chicken salad w/ crackers packets
      • Bars (protein/breakfast etc.)
      • etc.
    • DON’TS
      • Liquids
  • Candy
    • DO’S
      • Gum
      • Hard candy
    • DON’TS
      • Chocolate
      • NO SUGAR FREE CANDY. They don’t want any issues from the backside!
  • Hygiene
    • DO’S
      • Gold bond (Highly valued)
      • Tooth paste
      • Pads/tampons (they do have some females in his unit so ask the M to help out)
      • Deodorant
    • DON’TS
      • Mouth wash
  • Medicine
    • DO’S
      • Tylenol
      • Motrin/ibuprofen
      • Tums
      • Throat Lozenges
      • Moleskin (for blisters)
    • DONT’S
      • No liquid meds
      • Hard meds (Vicodin etc.)
  • Misc.
    • DO’S
      • Socks (athletic)
      • T-shirts
      • Magazines
      • Games (cards, soduko, crossword etc.)
      • Baby wipes / hand sanitizers
    • DONT’S
      • Adult Magazines

We thank everyone in advance for their support!

Bounty Hunter over and out!

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