This entire article will appear in the summer issue of the Dragoon magazine.
For eight years Military Police Veteran Erica Webster woke up at what is commonly referred to as o’dark thirty and headed to physical training while she was stationed in Cuba, South Korea, Kansas, and Missouri, as well as when she was deployed to Iraq. Never did she imagine that her post-military career would have her doing the same thing.
Webster, who now owns Dub Fitness in King of Prussia, Penn., always greets her early morning clients with a smile, but in the early morning hours of April 26 she found herself preparing for a special fitness event that would include one very special person, Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey.
“Earlier this year the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, Kenneth Wong, sponsored me for membership at the Union League of Philadelphia and invited me to a Town Hall with the SMA. As an enlisted MP, I knew about the SMA’s ability to enact great change for enlisted members. I appreciate his engagement with Soldiers and I knew this was my chance to meet him, but I needed to find a way to make it happen so I contacted the SMA’s aide and jokingly asked if I could bring him water, or be a part of something, before the Town Hall,” said Webster.
Her moxie move paid off. Not only did she get to meet the SMA, Webster proposed that while the SMA was in town for the Town Hall that he join her and the Dub Fitness team, as well as the Philadelphia Recruiting Command, ROTC cadets, veterans and Philadelphia area civilians to run through a workout with movements that would prepare service members for the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
Check out our summer issue of the Dragoon magazine to find out how the event went and how Webster continues to make an impact on the Philadelphia veteran community.