Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Operations Section, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, has won five championships during the brigade’s monthly endurance challenge.
With less than 20 personnel, the section is competing against two subordinate battalions, which draw from hundreds of Soldiers.
Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., created the endurance challenge in December 2010, so Soldiers could display their physical fitness and build esprit de corps.
The challenge consists of one minute of each of the following exercises: bench press with 75 percent of the participant’s body weight, air squats, shoulder press with 50 percent of the participant’s body weight, dips and chin-ups.
Participants get one minute of rest in between each exercise, and then run three miles after completing all of the lifts. Scores are calculated by dividing the run time in seconds by the total reps from all exercises. The male and female with the lowest score wins.
“When I get new personnel, I stress to them the importance of physical fitness,” said Maj. David Acker, operations officer, 130th Eng. Bde.
In fact, physical fitness is listed as one of Acker’s top priorities in his welcome letter for new personnel.
Since taking over in July 2011, Acker’s subordinates have won every male championship spot. Also, the only female to compete from the Ops. Section has also won.
Excellence in physical fitness highlights the power of culture.
“There is an understanding in the S3 shop (Ops. Section), that if you are going to be a part of this section, you are going to be great at what you do,” said 1st Lt. Scott Rupnow, assistant ops. officer, 130th Eng. Bde. “That includes physical fitness.”
Two more monthly endurance competitions are scheduled for this year. The Ops. Section already has a few Soldiers in mind to help extend the unit’s winning streak.
In January, the brigade will hold an endurance challenge alumni competition. All the champions from the previous year will be invited to a day of physical challenges. The exercises in the final competition will be a surprise for the competitors and will be held at an off-post venue.