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Those charged with the safety of our homes, borders and freedoms don’t have the luxury of taking anything lightly. Now, more than ever, the gravity of the task demands discipline, dedication and, above all, vigilance. Both nationwide and overseas, the world has become a more dangerous place. And as the race goes to the swift and the battle to the strong, it makes sense that the men and women who take up arms for our protection increasingly look the part.
If you think keeping to your routine is challenging, try sneaking in workouts at makeshift gyms with handmade equipment in the middle of the desert. Think your muscles get sore? What if you had to work 10-12-hour shifts from the cramped front seat of a squad car after doing 11 sets of squats? Think it’s tough getting back in shape after a layoff? Think you could do it if you had a contest six months after getting home from a three-month deployment to the Middle East?
These three homeland defenders have gone well beyond their calls of duty, both in service to their countrymen and in the gym. Their dedication to fitness may not be as great as their allegiance to the flag – country will always come before concentration curls - but they symbolize the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and -women throughout the world who help protect us. Call us selfish, but when it comes to Americas security, we’re proud, thankful and extremely fortunate to have guys like these on the front lines. To all our forces at home and abroad, we salute you.
Staff Sgt. Chad Ray Martin
Service: Air National Guard
Station/Residence: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Title: Aircraft Armament System Specialist
Birthdate: June 2, 1974
Weight: 222 pounds competition, 245 pounds off-season
Family: Married to April (11 years); two daughters, Summer (5) and Autumn (3)
Sgt. Dennis Hopson
Station: Franklin Township Police Department, Somerset, New Jersey
Title: Uniform Patrol Division Supervisor
Birthdate: Jan. 12, 1971
Weight: 210-212 pounds
Residence: North Brunswick, New Jersey
Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramone Resop
Station: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (California)
Title: Hospital Corpsman with the Fleet Marine Force
Birthdate: June 28, 1978
Weight: 200 pounds
Residence: Carlsbad, California