Warrior Brigade spouses, supporters bond while performing Soldier tasks

| May 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Robert England
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Spouses and friends of 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, assist each other in negotiating a wall at the Leadership Reaction Course, at Schofield Barracks, April 30, as part of Warrior Ohana Day. The day’s events focused on team building and friendly competition.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers, spouses and supporters from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, here, participated in the brigade’s Warrior Ohana Day celebration, April 30, here.

Teams of spouses and supporters from all units within the brigade, including the Stability Transition Team and brigade headquarters, came together for a day full of healthy bonding and friendly competition in an attempt to further unify and strengthen support groups prior to the brigade’s departure for deployment.

The opening ceremony was held at Watts Field, with Col. Patricia Frost, senior advisor for the brigade’s family readiness groups, who briefed participants about the events that would test the motivation and camaraderie of all the warrior participants, beginning with a guidon-making competition that allowed each team to design unique flags to represent its inner beast.

Competitors were then split into two groups and shuttled to the Battle Command Training Center, and the Training and Audiovisual Support Center, here.  

At the BCTC, teams practiced with the virtual squad and convoy trainer, and they learned combat lifesaver techniques. 

At the TASC, teams used the engagement skills trainer and posed for pictures in improved outer tactical vests and Army combat helmets with M4 carbines. They were also instructed and tested on the assembly and disassembly of the M-9 pistol and an M-4 carbine.

After both groups rotated between each location, they moved to the Leadership Reaction Course where each team was forced to use critical thinking and teamwork to accomplish its objective. 

Participants were then administered a mock physical fitness test, doing as many push-ups and sit-ups as their bodies would allow in the minute allotted per exercise. 

Finally, the teams began the two-mile road march down to the obstacle course for the final portion of the competition.

Following the conclusion of the obstacle course, competitors boarded buses and were transported back to Watts Field for the closing ceremony, where the brigade command team presented individuals and teams with awards ranging from the most push-ups completed to the most team spirit.

All participants displayed tremendous amounts of pride for their respective units, but kept the overall theme of unity and sportsmanship in mind as they tackled the various events throughout the day, congratulating their teammates and cheering each other on. 

At the end of the day, Col. Malcolm Frost, commander, 2nd BCT, 25th ID, along with members of the brigade command team, expressed gratitude to the participants and the brigade staff for making the event successful.

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