Currently Resides: Cameron, NC
Hometown: Boardman, OH (near Youngstown)
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio
Formerly Stationed: Lackland AFB TX, Hurlburt Field AFB FL, Kadena AFB Okinawa Japan, Pope AFB NC
“Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself” The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?”- William J. Bennett, in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy, November 24, 1997
Sergeant Marc Esposito loves his job as a Combat Controller in Air Force Special Operations. Even though he barely survived an IED attack in a mountain pass in Afghanistan, he says he can’t wait to recover fully so he can “get back and give back.”
Actually, Marc isn’t waiting until then to give back. He joined the 2010 Sea to Shining Sea ride because he wanted to raise awareness for the Special Operations Warriors Foundation for wounded veterans.
Marc’s recovery amazed everyone on the medical team that treated him. The injuries he suffered when he was thrown from his vehicle were extensive: he was on fire and unconscious when a Special Forces medic reached him. Marc credits the quick, professional actions of that medic for enabling him not only to survive, but also to keep his legs.
According to the surgeons who treated Marc, his excellent physical fitness contributed to his ability to survive. So it’s not surprising that Marc is pursuing a high fitness standard during his recovery.
He greatly looked forward to the challenge of the rough terrain he encountered on the ride. Marc also looked forward to visiting with family and friends along the route. He invited his sister, who lives in Centerville Ohio, to join him on the Cambridge-Steubenville-Pittsburgh portion of the ride.