Good luck Bro!

Join us tonight at Dockside as we celebrate Caleb’s next step in his life path.

Caleb leaves to pursue a career in the US Army.  We will miss him and his contributions to CrossFit Wilmington, but are happy and proud he departs to join the ranks of our military.  Caleb joins the Army, with all intentions of becoming an Infantry officer, during war time.  Once he’s completed the initial portion of his OCS, the Army will assign him, based on performance, to the branch he most qualifies.  Certainly, he will be assigned to the Infantry.
Our Infantry hold the lines against our enemies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.  Instead of staying in the perceived comfort and safety of the the continental United States, he has chosen to don the uniform many other men have died in.  It says much about a young man to knowingly and willfully seek out our nation’s battlefields.  There are certainly many other, easier ways in life.
Caleb represents the future of our nation’s military.  That military guarantees the safety of our families and the good life we all too often take for granted.

Caleb my friend,
Go.  Be a fine officer, an excellent leader, and a horrible enemy to those who threaten our way of life.  Lead your life and your men with balance of reason, ration, and emotion.  Never allow fatigue, hunger, or elements to screw your decisions towards selfishness.  Display integrity, courage, and fortitude even in the most fearful time.  Don’t, and even the dumbest of soldier will see through you.  Earn your men’s respect by setting the example.  Know your capabilities and your limitations.  Work nonstop to improve them both.  Being a great leader is not about knowing everything, but knowing to surround yourself with those that know what you do not.
Thank you for all you’ve done for CFW and the lessons you’ve taught me.  I’ve learned much by training with you.

“Be an example to your men, in your duty and in private life.  Never spare yourself, and let your troops see that you don’t in your endurance of fatigue and privation.  Always be tactful and well-mannered and teach your subordinates to do the same.  Avoid excessive sharpness or harshness of voice, which usually indicates the man who has shortcomings of his own to hide.”
Erwin Rommel

Hang Power Snatch
* work up to a weight that allows you to maintain excellent form

Fight Gone Bad (a teaser)
3 rounds of…
30 Wallball
30 SDLHP (75/55)
30 Box Jumps (20″all)
30 Push Press (75/55)
20 Cal Row

Round #1- Complete as many reps as possible in 2 min/ rest 1 min
Round #2- Complete as many reps as possible in 4 min/ rest 2 min
Round #3- Complete the entire workout for time

Olympic Weightlifting
3 Position Snatch (Mid thigh, knee, floor) 65% x 2 [no rest between] x 3
3 Position Clean (mid thigh, knee, floor) 65% x 2 [no rest between] x 3

17 thoughts on “Farewell Caleb

  1. drew says:

    Caleb- being in the Officer Corps I have met some great leaders and some bad ones (still trying to figure out where I’m seen on that scale, hah), but I can tell you without a doubt the fire you have for helping others in the gym, and how you treat those around you, will transfer to leading Soldiers well. I don’t think you’ll be challenged too much physically until you go to selection/ranger school, but the biggest challenge for initial Army training and OCS is mental. You will absolutely set the bar for any unit you’re in, so prepare yourself to be a leader from the start.

    Best of luck on your adventure, it will be tough road, but when you get where you set you mind to, you will feel the pride that few have known. Please let us know your graduation dates from basic/OCS so I can come watch you graduate and commission. It’s been an honor knowing you. Hooah brother.

  2. Albert says:

    Best of luck Caleb. Thanks for everything you have done for me here and thank you more for everything you are about to do for my family in protecting our country. Wish you all the best man!

  3. Edwin says:

    In the short time I have known you it has been a pleasure. Thank you for all of your direct instruction and the example you have have set for me and everyone else as it pertains to crossfit.
    I have no doubt you will be successful in your future endeavors, not because of your physical abilities but more so because of your character and leadership qualities. Thank you for choosing to serve. I wish you all the best.

  4. Gene says:

    Thank you for your commitment, motivation and patience in the gym. As a former enlisted, I have also seen my share of good and bad leaders. You will be one of the good ones. Your soldiers are going to be lucky to have you leading them.
    Godspeed Caleb.

    See you back in the box soon.


  5. Felice says:

    Well said T., you’re words are very inspiring.

    Caleb, it has been a pleasure working and training with you this past year. I’ve learned so much from you as a coach, crossfitter, and person. You are a wonderful man and you have so many special qualities. Carry those traits with you throughout your journey. You will do great things. I wish you nothing but the best of luck in your new chapter of life. You will be greatly missed. Thank you for choosing to serve our country, I am forever greatful.


  6. TJ says:


    Good luck in your next step. Some of the best advice that both officers and enlisted ever gave me was:
    -Find something to laugh at and enjoy atleast once everyday, when you can’t do that than your in the wrong job.
    -The first couple minutes of a firefight is utter Chaos, realize this, take a breath and push the fight.
    -The worst decisions you can ever make are either never made or that of pure emotion.
    -Know that your being tested everyday by your superiors and your men, continue to learn from those above and below your grade, officers that fail these tests should have never put on the bars.
    -When your physically and mentally tired, ready to quit, and dropping your pack….Just remember thousands of poor bastards have done what you’re doing so quit your bitchin and ruck up.

    “This, I realized now watching Dienekes rally and tend to his men, was the role of the officer: to prevent those under his command, at all states of battle-before, during and after-from becoming ‘Possessed.’ To fire their valor when it flagged and rein in their fury when it threatened to take them out of hand. That was Dienekes’ job. That was why he wore the transverse-crested helmet of an OFFICER.” –Gates of Fire

  7. Amanda W says:

    Best wishes, Caleb! It is hard for civilians such as myself to comprehend the level of sacrifice and fortitude it takes to achieve such standards – let alone leading fine men and women into the battlefield. We are forever grateful for your commitment and devotion.

  8. Tanner says:

    Good luck little bro! FYI folks, party starts at 5 tonight at dockside, everyone needs to buy caleb a drink on his last day.

  9. Abs says:

    Caleb!!! I am going to miss you SO much. I have loved working with you, being your teammate, learning from you, teaching you and having you as a friend. I truely get choked up..when I think about not working with you or motivating you through workouts or hearing your strategy and witnessing how level headed such a young guy can be. I consider you family..and I am thrilled you chose this path…you don’t fail and that is the exact kind of person I want to have protecting my family. See you tonight! Love you!!!

  10. Sensei says:


    You are an excellent person and a strong man. Keep up the great attitude and print out Tony’s words to keep with you, They are exactly what you will want to remember and hold on to if/when things are difficult.

    I always tell my students to keep their chin down and their eyes on the horizon, because on the battlefield the well trained and seasoned Samurai would keep there eye open for the young enemy raising his head, nervously looking to see what they couldn’t (the future) and immediately when the battle started the experienced warrior would hunt that one out to make an example to the other enemy by going for the exposed throat. So, Just as T said about leadership. Always keep your chin down, and your eyes on the horizon.

    See you tonight brother!

  11. No GOOD says:

    Your work ethic in and outside of the gym is noteworthy, you attention to detail with your ability to teach and lead by example are tools that will take you far. We all know that you will do well on this amazing path you have chose to walk down. I applauded your decision to step up and serve. The challenges you will soon face are going to be very new to you, some easy and some very uncomfortable. It builds character and it will begin your transformation into an Officer. Bring Passion into your work ethic, believe in what you do, and do not be afraid to fail. Challenge everything, remember it is your Career, you make it what you want it to be, you get you promoted and you create your own success. My Friend I wish you the best of luck on this amazing journey you are starting. If I could go back and do it all over again I would, to me you are actually LUCKY. I will not be there for your send off tonight but I am more interested in being there for your welcome home as a Lt in the US ARMY and a Brother…God Speed my friend Semper Fi

  12. Greg says:


    It was great to get to know you and train with you. You set a great example for the members at CFW. Here is something that was told to me before I began journey as a leader and it has always kept me in check, to ensure I get the job done right.

    Out of every 100 men, ten shouldn’t even be there,
    Eighty are just targets,
    Nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle.
    Ah, but the one,
    One is the leader.,
    And he will bring the others back

    I wish you all the best.

  13. Jen S. says:

    Caleb, So proud of you! Thank you for your unwavering helpfulness in the gym and your dedication to being an outstanding person. Thank you most of all for choosing to protect and serve your country. We are forever grateful!

  14. Ben F. says:

    Swarley!!! I mean Swarlos! I mean Swarles Barkley! You have been a great friend and I can’t wait until well all meet again WHEN you get stationed in Colorady ha ha ha.

    Maybe this training will help you with all those off the wall games I ALWAYS beat you at.

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