Saturday Spotlight: Aaron Appelwick

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Chapter: Team RWB JBLM

Member Since: 2011

Motto: “You won’t score if you don’t shoot.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

Honestly, I originally joined Team RWB for completely selfish reasons. I was racing Triathlons as a member of the USAF’s Triathlon Team. At that time (in 2010) Team RWB was operating with the Athlete and Ambassador system, so I joined as an Athlete. I was a married E5 with two kids, I was looking for discounts on triathlon equipment anywhere I could and Team RWB offered that opportunity. Two years later I became a Chapter Captain in Montana and it has since become what is probably the biggest passion in my life.

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“So many memories in such a short time! My favorite would have to be participating in the Marine Corps Marathon for two consecutive years. So much support in getting there (Facebook training groups) and AMAZING support from local Eagles. Getting to know Eagles from other communities and sharing this experience with them.”

How Do You Serve Your Community?

I serve my community in any way I can. From a very young age my father impressed the importance of giving back to my siblings and I. We would participate in city beatification projects yearly. This has continued to this day and is something I am working hard to show my children now. I also serve in Team RWB and am trying to take an active role in supporting the Northwest Region. I was recently selected as a 2017 Eagle Leader Fellow and am also the volunteer regional administrator. I also am supporting the Eagles in our region who are not within the parameters of a chapter as the Northwest Chapter Captain.”

What Inspires You?

My wife inspires me. She has faced adversity in her life, and has always remained positive and forward moving. She tends to make me feel lazy around her and that inspires me to work harder. I think that is something everyone can strive to do in their lives.”

How Has Team RWB Impacted Your Life?

Team RWB has enriched my life in more ways than I can explain, but I will try. After my deployments and while going through a divorce and other life changing events, Team RWB was the one force or family that was still there for me. I don’t say this in the traditional sense. When I was going through my divorce, I stepped completely away from Team RWB because I felt that I was letting my Eagle community down and not supporting them to my full potential. After about a year without Team RWB, I was ready to step back into events and begin participating again. I was nervous about how I would be looked at after having felt like I abandoned them for my selfish reasons, but I was surprised (pleasantly) when I was welcomed back with smiling faces, high fives, and hugs like I had never stopped attending events. Team RWB has been there for me through the hardest parts of my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

I would say stop thinking about it and join! What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? You’ll show up, sweat a little and get a sweet high five from the best friends you’ll ever make. Join and become something bigger than yourself.