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Airman shapes up after Honor Guard removal

Oct. 19, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
Trimarchi runs in his weighted vest. He works out four hours a day and has lost 60 pounds.
Trimarchi runs in his weighted vest. He works out four hours a day and has lost 60 pounds. (Senior Airman Melissa Goslin/Air Force)
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Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi weighed 250 pounds last summer, when he was removed from the Honor Guard. (Courtesy of Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi)

The Honor Guard is not the kind of job you can keep if you let yourself get out of shape and gain weight — a lesson Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi learned the hard way.

In July 2012, he got the humiliating news from the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 628th Air Base Wing Honor Guard at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

At 5 feet, 9 inches and 250 pounds, Trimarchi was too big for the job he enjoyed most.

“They have a high standard of dress and appearance,” Trimarchi said. “My uniform was feeling snug. I knew what they were saying was correct.”

He knew he had to make a change, and quickly.

Trimarchi said he began to watch his portion sizes. He ate healthier. He worked out a lot more and stopped making excuses for himself to take it easy or have a cheat meal.

He lost 30 pounds in six weeks, a feat that allowed him to return to his Honor Guard duties.

“I took it one step at a time,” Trimarchi said.

And he hasn’t stopped. Six days a week, he wakes up shortly after 4 a.m. and usually swims laps for an hour. Then he does morning PT with the 1st Combat Camera Squadron at Charleston, which includes a 5-mile run on Mondays during which he wears a weight vest.

At lunch, he does CrossFit or hits the gym for a mix of pushups, situps or pullups. After work, he works out more with his wife, Rebecca, usually going for a bicycle ride or a run.

“Without her I would not be the man I am today,” he said.

Today, Trimarchi weighs in at 190 pounds — 60 pounds less than last summer. And the hard work that returned him to top physical condition might just lead to a new job: pararescue, one of the most physically challenging jobs in the Air Force.

“A close buddy of mine wanted to go into pararescue,” he said. “He told me about the career field, about what the pararescue mission is.

“I was in awe. I told myself ‘I want to do that.’ I want to be a part of an awesome group of people who have an amazing mission, who dedicate their lives to more than themselves.”

Trimarchi, who is 23 and has been been in the Air Force for about three years, put in his package to crosstrain to pararescue this month, and now he waits.

He said help from his wife and co-workers keep him going, and now he wants his work to serve as a model for others.

“Anything is possible, you need to believe in yourself and know that you can do it,” he said. “If you’re somebody who was like me, who was struggling with weight ... I’m not going to say it’s easy, but it’s very, very doable. I don’t think I’m special, I don’t think I’m different from anybody else. If I can do it, anybody can do it.”

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