Warrior Challenge II bonds leaders, pushes physical limit

| November 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Team 5, comprised of headquarters company, troop and battery commanders for units in the 2nd BCT, 25th ID, drag a flexible litter containing a simulated casualty during the Warrior Challenge II, held on Schofield Barracks, Oct. 27.

Team 5, comprised of headquarters company, troop and battery commanders for units in the 2nd BCT, 25th ID, drag a flexible litter containing a simulated casualty during the Warrior Challenge II, held on Schofield Barracks, Oct. 27.

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

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The word “warrior” is defined as a person who is engaged or experienced in war, or in the military life, a Soldier, a champion.

More than 260 leaders from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Warriors,” 25th Infantry Division, measured up to that definition and proved themselves during the Warrior Challenge II, here, Oct. 27. Forty-two teams competed in six events at various locations, here.

Capt. Jeff Porter, knowledge management officer, 2nd BCT, said the goal for the challenge was to test the leaders’ abilities from the platoon level to the brigade and battalion command levels.

“We wanted to test the leaders of our brigade in a way that would challenge them physically and mentally,” Porter said, “so we set up (six) stations that would allow them to utilize their physical capabilities, and had them complete the knowledge test to help them understand what it means to serve in Hawaii.”

Teams were organized based on duty title to ensure that leaders with similar duties could work together and build rapport amongst each other.

The challenge began with a one-mile run from Bowen Park to Leader Field, where each team had to flip a light medium tactical vehicle, or LMTV, tire end-over-end for about100 meters, and then roll the tire back to the starting point.

At the “object move” station, teams transported 40 Meals Ready to Eat boxes, another LMTV tire, a Stryker vehicle tow bar and a 55-gallon drum to a location about 100 meters away. Items had to be positioned exactly as they were at the starting point.

Other obstacles included a medical lane and an obstacle course. Also, one station tested the teams’ knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture.

“By the time we got to the obstacle course, we had traveled six or seven miles; then we had to complete the obstacle course and then run back up Lyman Road to the LRC,” said Capt. Jay Velasco, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regiment. “On a good day, Lyman Road is challenging.”

The challenge tested each team’s ability to complete the events individually, but more so their ability to work collectively.

“It’s been a lot of uphill and downhill,” said Maj. Damon Delarosa, executive officer, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. “Some of the physical challenges were tough with everybody on the team being at different levels, but our solution to that has been to identify our own weaknesses and use our strengths to help each other.”

Porter said this test of unity was a tribute to King Kamehameha, the ruler and unifier of the Hawaiian islands in the late 1700s.

“Back when King Kamehameha was the leader of Hawaii, he unified all of the forces in Hawaii to fight against other islands,” Porter said. “The Warrior Challenge (II) sort of pays homage to King Kamehameha and his leadership, and helps our leaders gain more knowledge and capabilities through teamwork.”

Team 33, consisting of platoon leaders from the mortar and reconnaissance platoons, finished first place with a final time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 30 seconds.

 

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