Madras High School 2002 graduate Justin Fox, who was in the JROTC program under instructor Lt. Col. Mack Gardner, recently was one of three Americans representing the U.S. in the historical "Nijmegen March" in Europe.
The march is held in memory of the 101st Airborne Division's liberating the town of Nijmegen, Netherlands, from the German Army, during World War II. Participants included civilians and military personnel from all over the world.
It is the largest march on Earth, and Fox marched 40 kilometers a day for four days, which is a total of almost 100 miles. It started and ended in the town of Nijmegen, and looped through numerous villages in the Netherlands along the way.
Air Force Tech Sgt. Fox marched in uniform and carrying his 30-pound ruck sack. As team leader on the final day, he was asked to carry the NATO flag, by his comrades because he was able to finish the whole march.
He completed the march with both feet infected, a strained tendon in one foot, and a toenail threatening to fall off.
The German members called him "a machine," he earned two coins from his leadership for his perseverance, and a Dutch medal for finishing the march, according to his grandmother.
Fox is the son of Verneene Winegar, of Madras, and grandson of Janiece Winegar, of Metolius. He is stationed on NATO Airbase Gellenkirchen, and lives in the town of Gillrath, with his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Adila, 8, and son, Yuma, 1 1/2.