Member Spotlight – Captain John Sedlock, U.S. Navy

If you’ve been a member of PECF for over a few weeks, you probably know who he is.  John Sedlock has been a member since the inception of PECF and a huge part of the community.  He’s the genuine type you want to be around, always supportive and cheering people on.  John is a father, an elite pilot in the Navy, Captain in Navy, CrossFitter, and just a great dude.  John is very accomplished with an awesome story.  Let’s hear what he has to say about service, goals for the future, and advice for people.

What made you decide to join the military?

First and foremost was service.  I had always had an interest.  While in college I figured out flying fighter jets off aircraft carriers was what I wanted.  I never expected to be in the Navy this long.  

What did you do in the Navy?

During my first 10 years of service I was as a Naval Aviator and flew F/A-18s and other jets.  Since 2000 I’ve been a reservist.  While a reservist I have been the Commanding Officer of 6 different reserve units supporting different missions.  I also had a combat command in 2007-2008 in Afghanistan supporting US and coalition special operations.

What is your current rank?

I am a Captain which is the same as a Colonel in the other services.

Where are you deploying?

I was recently recalled to active duty at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN outside of Memphis.  I will be in charge of the Navy’s effort to modernize its performance evaluation system.  The final product will impact the entire Navy.  Nothing glamorous but important work.

How has fitness impacted you life?

Fitness has always been important to me.  It’s a constant learning experience.  I am conscious of what I eat, how much I sleep, how I rest.  It’s never perfect, but I think it’s always improving.  

What are 3 accomplishments that you are proud of?

Being the parent of a great young man who I’m very proud of.   The numerous times in Afghanistan I heard something like, “we wouldn’t have made it back without you and your team”.  Recovering from back surgery.

If you had to identify 1 key element you’ve found that has helped you achieve your goals, what would they be?  

Tenacity.  You just never quit.

What do  you like to do in your spare time?

What’s spare time?  Hike, dive, shoot, hunt, travel

Name one hidden talent you have. 

Nothing I can say publicly.

Name one talent you wish you had. 

Double Unders

What is one piece of advice you have for people? 

Stop complaining.  If you want to change how you look or feel you actually need to make an effort.  There is no free chicken

What would you put on a billboard? 

Learn to listen to other opinions.  You’re probably not 100% right all the time.  

What are your goals for 2018?

First and foremost to stay injury free.  MU, BMU, DU’s, Murph RX.

 

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