SFC Benjamin F. Bitner, KIA AF 23 APRIL 2011

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin F. Bitner, 37, of Greencastle, Pa., died April 23 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Ben is survived by wife April and two sons, Rogue and Gunnar.

RIP my Brother.

“May you be safely inside Valhalla’s walls before the devil finds you missing.”

In Afghanistan
Ben and t. - 2001

Due to our Mobility Seminar this Saturday, we will not run the Sectional WOD 11.6 on Saturday. Those competing may come in tomorrow or Friday to be judged. Please plan your workout around CFW class times.


2 rounds for time…
18 Deadlift (255lbs/165lbs)
Run 800m
20 Sledge Strikes
Run 800m

17 thoughts on “MSG Benjamin F. Bitner, 3rd Special Forces – KIA

  1. Andrew says:

    John 10:14-18

    I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

    As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

    No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

  2. Jason says:

    So sorry for the loss of your brother in arms, t. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to April, Rogue, Gunnar and the rest of SFC Bitner’s family. RIP, SFC Bitner. American service men and women are heros in every sense of the word.

  3. Sensei says:

    Thank you for your service SFC Bitner.

    We will celebrate your life and your passion.

    We will honor your memory and your gift to us.

    Today is a day for reflecting on our own lives and taking what we want and wasting no further time!

  4. taylor says:

    This is another name listed among the brave, and the fallen. This is another name of a person who I have never met, and he knew nothing about my life. Everyday of his service, I was more than likely making a cake, enjoying my family, and enjoying my American opportunities and conveniences. For everyday of this strangers service, I’m saying thank you. For everyday of his families lives that they went without him, and now will forever be without him, I am saying thank you. He never met me, but yet even after his life is over, the great and brave things that he worked towards continue to positively benefit my life. This stranger gave up a lot for me, and everyone else in this country. How do you repay that? Thank you so much to all who serve and support.

  5. Drew says:

    Many people go through life wondering if when theirs ends if they would have made a difference or not in their short time on Earth. People like SFC Bitner do not have such worries. RIP.

  6. Scott S says:

    Like t and Ron say after a tough workout or some other challenge, “Nobody’s life was on the line, so how hard can it be?” Sounds like a throw away line until you learn of people like SFC Bitner. Now just think of all those other guys out there who just missed an IED or some other grave danger. What do we have to complain about? How much more thankful we should be every day? I try to reflect on my blessings every day. We all should. t.- is there something we can do to show our appreciation to his family? Isn’t it time for another fundraiser for these families who have sacrificed so much?

  7. Jen S. says:

    The only way to really show our gratefulness to the military and their families is to live our lives to the fullest and help as many as we can in our own ways. We will never have to experience the hardships and sacrifice they do…thanks to them! I am so up for a fundraiser as I have hired someone to help with the spa on the weekends so I will be available to help in any way I can!! Thank you SFC Bitner for making the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. RIP

  8. Jake says:


    Sad news. Sad day. Ben made it look easy when T and I where with him in the course. He will be missed.


  9. t. says:

    It’s been a rough month in AF. Numerous soldiers and Marines close to CFW and its members have been killed or injured. Sometimes we forget our enemy has good days too.

    The hunter in AF is also hunted. Taking Ben was undoubtedly a trophy for them.

    Ben was one of my closest buds.. He, Jake, and I began our SF careers in the same class and were roommates for a few years. He’s one of the best. A no bullshit, no compromise type. Like my Brother Jake posted… he made it all seem easy.

    He’s missed.

    Thanks for the nice words everyone and thank you for asking if there’s anything to be done to help April and the boys. I’m not sure at this point. I’ll be with April in a few days and I’ll know better.

  10. Chris says:

    Tony, I remember you speaking of Ben – I am so sorry for your loss and am thinking of his family – thankful for his brave service & fight he dedicated his life to – love you t. -Chris (little sis)

  11. Anonymous says:

    “He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”

    thoughts and prayers,

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