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SSG Alex Viola – 11.17.13

SSG Alex Viola – KIA: November 17, 2013 – Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

6 years ago we lost a really good dude. Hard to believe it’s been that long.

Alex was the guy who started me on the path that I’m currently on. Around 2004 we started training together to go to BUD/s.

Back then the Navy had a buddy program in hopes of having less people quit while going through training because you’d be with someone you knew.

It was during this time we discovered CrossFit and never looked back.

Since I wasn’t able to curb my relationship with college and drinking at that time, trouble got the best of me and he went on to live out that dream on his own.

He spent his entire college career training and preparing for a special warfare crew which eventually led him to the Army as Green Beret.

Dude was a stud. He could do Murph with a weight vest in under 30:00. For those that don’t know, that’s fucking fast.

In the interim he would spend some time at Grapevine CrossFit and easily made friends with anyone that met him. I’ve heard the same from other affiliates he’s been apart of including Ironclad Crossfit.

After years of training and prep, he died on his first tour overseas. The world lost a good friend and teammate that day.

A couple years ago, CrossFit came out with a hero workout in his name which is below with a small story about who he was.

For those looking for a workout today or this week, give this one a go for him.

We miss you Sam Adams.❤️

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
Run 400 meters
11 power snatches, 95 lb.
17 pull-ups
13 power cleans, 95 lb.

Post rounds completed to comments.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Alex Viola, 29, was killed Nov. 17, 2013, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from wounds caused by an improvised explosive device. Originally from Keller, Texas, Viola was an engineer assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. He was awarded numerous awards for his service, including the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Viola traveled often and worked out at many CrossFit affiliates. Some of his favorite movements were pull-ups, power snatches and power cleans.

He also enjoyed running.

Viola is survived by his parents, Margaret and Frank; and his sister, Christina.