Hello Guest

Author Topic: Keeping the memory of a young man alive  (Read 691 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:37:08 PM »
Sept 9 2011 we lost our hero in Afghanistan do to small arms fire when people from that coutry attacked his unit.

https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-sgt-bret-d-isenhower/6567969

The town that he grew up in Seminole Oklahoma has done many things to honor his memory and I just wanted to share. My step daughter Krysten wanted to do something to honor her brother and to keep him alive in people memorries and to remind them that freedom is not free. Brett loved to run which he did a lot. One New Year eve he and his Frat brother ran a relay from Seminole to Ada (30 miles) oh and it was about 15 deg outside all because someone said they couldn't do it. After the 1st year with out him Krysten took up running is started off with running around town but each run got longer and longer, she now has 5 marathons, 3 half and several 5K under her belt. She feels that Brett along with the Holy Spirt talks to her on these runs and gives her directions for her like along with great comfort. She and Brett had one of the best relationship that I have ever seen between a brother and sister. Well on one of these runs she got the idea of starting a 5 K run and the money would go to set up a scholarship  in Brett's name at the high school that they both graduated from. This plan started in Dec and she wanted the run to be the weekend before Memorial day! I'm here to tell you that she pulled it off, she got the city to block off roads that the runners would be on, a promotion company with timer so that it is a qualifing race for marathoners, sponsers, T shirts and medals. Never underestimate the drive of a young lady that loved her brother.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2018, 09:46:15 PM »
That was 5 years ago and on 18 May we will be having our 5th 5K in Seminole Oklahoma. Each year it has had more people attened, donate/support. This year one of the guys that was with Brett when he was killed has become a Army NG chopper pilot and is working to do a fly over (sorry Don Ithink that it will be in Blackhawks). Krysten has got the sponser letter sent out in is already working on the design for this years t-shirt. Last year several of members of the unit that Brett was in had been deployed they signed up on line and ran the 5K in the AOR.

With all that said I hope you enjoy this build thread for a 5 K run to honor a young man

Offline Flyin6

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20434
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2018, 10:01:37 PM »
That was 5 years ago and on 18 May we will be having our 5th 5K in Seminole Oklahoma. Each year it has had more people attened, donate/support. This year one of the guys that was with Brett when he was killed has become a Army NG chopper pilot and is working to do a fly over (sorry Don Ithink that it will be in Blackhawks). Krysten has got the sponser letter sent out in is already working on the design for this years t-shirt. Last year several of members of the unit that Brett was in had been deployed they signed up on line and ran the 5K in the AOR.

With all that said I hope you enjoy this build thread for a 5 K run to honor a young man
BlackHawks or not, that is one honorable and cool thing to have happen. Congrats on pulling all this off, and my sincere condolences for your unfathomable loss.

I could donate a signed copy of my book as a door prize if you'd like...
« Last Edit: March 23, 2018, 10:02:36 PM by Flyin6 »
Site owner    IS 6:8  Psalm 91 
NSDQ      Author: Distant Thunder

Offline wyorunner

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 566
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2018, 10:30:20 PM »
Website where one could sign up if they were able to make it to town?

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2018, 10:48:29 PM »
Website where one could sign up if they were able to make it to town?
Per your request

https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/124352

If your on Facebook Krysten puts most of the stuff on there it is SSgt Bret Isenhower memorial 5K we do have several people that run the race virtually

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-P907A using Tapatalk


Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2018, 10:50:26 PM »
That was 5 years ago and on 18 May we will be having our 5th 5K in Seminole Oklahoma. Each year it has had more people attened, donate/support. This year one of the guys that was with Brett when he was killed has become a Army NG chopper pilot and is working to do a fly over (sorry Don Ithink that it will be in Blackhawks). Krysten has got the sponser letter sent out in is already working on the design for this years t-shirt. Last year several of members of the unit that Brett was in had been deployed they signed up on line and ran the 5K in the AOR.

With all that said I hope you enjoy this build thread for a 5 K run to honor a young man
BlackHawks or not, that is one honorable and cool thing to have happen. Congrats on pulling all this off, and my sincere condolences for your unfathomable loss.

I could donate a signed copy of my book as a door prize if you'd like...
Don, Thank you for the offer I will ask the boss (Krysten) if she would like to do that and let you know

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-P907A using Tapatalk


Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 12:15:30 AM »
Quick update; we have gotten several sponsor letters and checks (15 I think) so that will take care of a good part of the price of putting on the event ( medals,  T shirts, water, fruit and official time keeper). Starting to all come together which is a good thing. Krysten is hoping to give out more scholarship or larger ones.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2018, 12:19:52 AM »
Don, Krysten said she would love to give away to the top finisher of the race. She asked if we could buy a 2nd copy and get you to sign that one and give it to the top male and female finisher?

Thanks
Steve

Offline Flyin6

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20434
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2018, 08:03:50 PM »
Don, Krysten said she would love to give away to the top finisher of the race. She asked if we could buy a 2nd copy and get you to sign that one and give it to the top male and female finisher?

Thanks
Steve
I know I have at least one, not sure if I have two...
I'm good for the one for sure, the other is available on Amazon. If you go that route, send it to me, I'll sign and send to you.
So, forward me your address. and I'll get out what I have.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2018, 08:04:54 PM by Flyin6 »
Site owner    IS 6:8  Psalm 91 
NSDQ      Author: Distant Thunder

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2018, 10:38:07 PM »
Don, Krysten said she would love to give away to the top finisher of the race. She asked if we could buy a 2nd copy and get you to sign that one and give it to the top male and female finisher?

Thanks
Steve
I know I have at least one, not sure if I have two...
I'm good for the one for sure, the other is available on Amazon. If you go that route, send it to me, I'll sign and send to you.
So, forward me your address. and I'll get out what I have.
Don, I order the last book from Amazon today so I will may that to you when it comes in

Thanks Steve

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-P907A using Tapatalk


Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2018, 01:39:03 PM »
Don the 2nd book is in the mail and the post office said it should get there on Monday or Tuesday

Thanks again

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2018, 01:43:37 PM »
Quick update,  the men from the unit that Bret was in donate $1,00.00 for the race and gotten more sponsor to step up. The on line registration is open and getting people to sign up

Offline Flyin6

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20434
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2018, 02:34:15 PM »
Don the 2nd book is in the mail and the post office said it should get there on Monday or Tuesday

Thanks again
Good, will make it happen...
Site owner    IS 6:8  Psalm 91 
NSDQ      Author: Distant Thunder

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 08:59:05 PM »
Race is Saturday and I haven't done much in the way of updates we have 261 people registered to run the race with a bunch running in Afghanistan.  The Oklahoma National Guard adjacent General is planning on coming.  Pre race package pick up is tomorrow. I will let you all know how it turns out. Thanks for reading

Offline stlaser

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 5442
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2018, 09:31:32 PM »
 :likebutton:
Unretired, sweeping floor at GLO once again & making coffee.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2018, 10:27:45 AM »
We the race is done, I walked it with my wife she isn't much into the whole running/jogging thing. We had 125 men and women run in Afghanistan which is awesome in my book. We had over 300 total register but not all showed up but still had a great show up and race. The commanding General of the Oklahoma National Guard come and run also, by the way I think if you are 7 feet tall and run in a timed event they should have to add extra time added to there time lol. But with it all said and done we raised around $10,000.00 for Bret scholarship which is the best so far. Now Bret ' sisters are talking about should the up the dollar amount, give more than one scholarship or save for the future scholarship.  I will post some picture after I go back and read on how to do that. Thanks for reading

Steve

Offline Flyin6

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20434
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2018, 05:52:51 PM »
Congratulations on a job well done!
Bret would be (is) proud! :likebutton:
Site owner    IS 6:8  Psalm 91 
NSDQ      Author: Distant Thunder

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2018, 06:21:19 PM »
The top male and female runners from the race both got a copy of Don's book (tank's Don) they are brother and sister he ran an average 4:35 mile she did a average 4:55 mile. Oh to be young! Their dad was in the same unit that Bret was in and was in Afghanistan at the same time. The lady on the far right is Krysten, Bret's little sister and the organizer of the race. The picture of the flag is what we found when we started passing out the race packets. I went and got a new flag and stopped by the fire station to see if they could bring a ladder over to help replace it and save me about a 40 mile trip to go get my ladder. One of the firemen that came over Bret was his best man in his wedding. Small world and a God thing I'm sure.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk


Offline stlaser

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 5442
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2018, 06:26:24 PM »
Very nice & cool story about the flag / fireman too. No coincidences.....
Unretired, sweeping floor at GLO once again & making coffee.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2018, 07:18:40 PM »
Bret and his little sister
The flag at the finish line
A better picture of the top male and female runners.
Krysten and my wife


Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk


Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2018, 07:22:34 PM »
The Oklahoma National Guard at the race
Krysten and MG Thompson OK ANG
Krysten and her sister Bridget
The next 2 are the starting line
The firemen putting up the flag before the race

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk


Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2018, 07:24:53 PM »
Another flag
Patriot Guard came out, most of the escorted us when Bret came home
The sun rise on the way to the race

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk


Offline Flyin6

  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 20434
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2018, 08:16:51 AM »
Very memorable, and well represented
Site owner    IS 6:8  Psalm 91 
NSDQ      Author: Distant Thunder

Online JR

  • Global Moderator
  • ****
  • Posts: 6804
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2018, 08:52:03 PM »
 :likebutton:
Retired LEO  Lifetime NRA+  Outcast in Calif

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants"

Thomas Jefferson

Offline TexasRedNeck

  • punching bag for moderator humor
  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 6769
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2018, 11:00:06 PM »
Steve, well done.  Well done.

Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Joshua 6:20-24

Offline cruizng

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 641
  • Happy to be here.
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2018, 07:36:43 PM »
All should be proud. Great tribute.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Mike
2008 D-Max pretty stock except small lift, tires, and intake.

Offline oklawall

  • Registered
  • **
  • Posts: 94
    • View Profile
Re: Keeping the memory of a young man alive
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2018, 07:52:44 PM »
Thanks men, but all the credit goes to Krysten we are just support crew.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-P907A using Tapatalk