130th Eng. Bde. competes in first Endurance Challenge

| January 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Spc. Andrew Ranson (right), S-3 Operations, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, assists in totaling competitors’ final scores. (Capt. Stephen Robinson | 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Spc. Andrew Ranson (right), S-3 Operations, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, assists in totaling competitors’ final scores. (Capt. Stephen Robinson | 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Story and Photos by
Capt. Stephen Robinson
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — True grit became a lasting and crucial theme for participants during the first 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Endurance Challenge competition, Dec. 10, at the Martinez Gym, here.

The contest recognizes the brigade’s most physically fit male and female Soldier of the month. Sixteen Soldiers endured six challenges in a one-hour time frame, testing their physical endurance and mental toughness. The competition began at 6 a.m., kicking off with the bench press event, followed by squats, military press, chin-ups, dips and ending with a three-mile run.

Competitors had one minute to perform the maximum number of repetitions for each event, except the three-mile run, with only a one-minute transition period between each event.

Col. Jeffrey Milhorn (right), commander, 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC, congratulates Capt. Ray Mockus, top male competitor in the brigade’s Endurance Challenge, Dec. 10.

Col. Jeffrey Milhorn (right), commander, 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC, congratulates Capt. Ray Mockus, top male competitor in the brigade’s Endurance Challenge, Dec. 10.

“This endurance competition gives Soldiers an opportunity to compete against some of the most physically and mentally fit Soldiers in the brigade,” said Sgt. 1st Class Hans Drupiewski, event planner and grader, 130th Eng. Bde, 8th TSC. “There are no losers here. However, there will only be one winner for the males and one winner for the females.”

“One sole purpose in conducting this event is to build unit pride, esprit de corps and to enhance the brigade’s physical fitness program by allowing competition among the Soldiers of the brigade,” said Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., who was also a competitor in the event.

 

Mockus achieved the highest final score in the male category. The event was conducted at the Martinez Gym, Schofield Barracks.Capt. Raymond Mockus, 130th Eng. Bde., was named top male competitor and Capt. Emily Hannenberg, 84th Eng. Battalion, 130th Eng. Bde, was the top female competitor. Mockus completed the challenge with a combined total of 193 points, while Hannenberg finished with a combined total of 104 points. Winners were decided based on highest score achieved.

“The challenge was tough,” Mockus said. “On all the exercises, except maybe on the squats, the weights were heavy enough to bring you to muscle failure right before the clock stopped. I couldn’t use my arms for the first half of the run.

“Going into the events, I knew a lot of the competitors were in real good shape,” he said. “I was just hoping for a strong showing while trying to represent S-3 Operations (Section) the best I could.”

Both Mockus and Hannenberg were awarded Army Achievement Medals, a four-day pass and brigade T-shirts. They will also get to conduct and name a physical training event on separate Fridays.

“This was a good competition,” said Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Campbell, S-3 Operations Section, 130th Eng. Bde. “It gave units the ability to have a lot of pride in their section or unit.”

Milhorn announced that the competition will be held monthly and that previous winners will compete in the annual Winner’s Circle.

Tags: , ,

Category: Community

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *