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Military Friends Foundation “Tough Ruck” To Honor Family of Soldier Who Perished While Trying to Spread Late Father’s Ashes


Landis Family

HANSON/August – Tough Ruck, a project of Military Friends Foundation 501c3, is a group of military personnel, first-responders and civilians dedicated to keeping the memories of these Fallen Heroes alive and raising funds to immediately assist Massachusetts military families touch by sudden tragedy.

On August 24, Massachusetts Army National Guard Soldier Scott Landis and his brother were planning to sprinkle their late father’s ashes when the plane they were flying crashed on takeoff. Scott Landis, a chief warrant officer, was piloting a single-engine plane with his brother, Patrick. The engine lost power and crashed into a pond, killing Landis and leaving his brother paralyzed from the waist down.

Landis, of Hanson, was stationed in Kosovo with the 3-126 Aviation Alpha Company but was on leave when his father died. CW3 Landis is survived by the love of his life Staci and his beloved 15-month old son Jack. The family will receive support through a Military Friends Foundation grant.

Military and civilians will be taking part in a virtual “Tough Ruck Memorial March” on Friday, August 31st, as a final salute to the 3-tour combat veteran. Each Tough Rucker will carry CW3 Landis’ name on their rucksack. 

Tough Ruck Bib Memorial March CW3 Scott Landis

Those interested in joining the memorial march are invited to download a bib HERE.  Ruckers are encouraged to share photos to for Scott’s family. The Tough Ruck Marathon to honor Fallen Heroes takes place annually on Patriots Day weekend in Concord, in conjunction with the Boston Athletic Association.

The official fund to support the family of CW3 Landis has been established and donations can be made via


Thank you for joining the mission to honor CW3 Landis and showing support across the globe for his family.

1) Download and print the memorial bib HERE and attach to rucksack or front of rucker
2) Ruck anytime on Friday, August 31, 2018  with any weight and a recommended 1 mile+ 
3) Share your photos and location where you rucked to the “TOUGH RUCK VIRTUAL MARCH FOR CW3 SCOTT LANDIS” Facebook event page for Scott’s family and military friends.  Photos can also be emailed to 



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