8th TSC’s senior NCO team wins 2013 Swamp Romp

| February 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
KANEOHE — The 8th Theater Sustainment Command's sergeants major team of (from left) Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, Sgt. Maj. Rob Canterbury, Command Sgt. Maj. Tose Tia, Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Napier and Master Sgt. Robert Rowsam won first place in the men's masters division of the 2013 Swamp Romp, held on Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, here, Feb. 16. (Photo courtesy Yelp!)

The 8th TSC’s sergeants major team of (from left) Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, Sgt. Maj. Rob Canterbury, Command Sgt. Maj. Tose Tia, Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Napier and Master Sgt. Robert Rowsam won first place in the men’s masters division of the 2013 Swamp Romp, held on MCBH, Feb. 16. (Photo courtesy Yelp!)

Staff Sgt. Gaelen Lowers
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII — Service members from all branches competed in the 2013 Swamp Romp, held at Kaneohe Bay, here, Feb. 16.

Teams of six crawled through the mud and over obstacles, sped down wooden slides and into ponds, and then struggled across the beach.

Some came for the fun and camaraderie, but one team in particular clearly came to win.

“We tried last year and came up short,” said Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Napier, the senior enlisted plans adviser for the 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

“But this year,” Napier added, “we put a team together and got first! I can’t even describe the pride I have in that.”

(From left) Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, Master Sgt. Robert Rowsam, Sgt. Maj. Rob Canterbury, Command Sgt. Maj. Tose Tia and Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Napier lock arms and cross the finish line to win first place in the men's masters division of the 2013 Swamp Romp. (Capt. Kristin Tashma, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

(From left) Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, Master Sgt. Robert Rowsam, Sgt. Maj. Rob Canterbury, Command Sgt. Maj. Tose Tia and Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Napier lock arms and cross the finish line to win first place in the men’s masters division of the 2013 Swamp Romp. (Capt. Kristin Tashma, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Napier’s team won the men’s masters division, which requires the members’ combined ages must be more than 211 years.

“My age alone counted for more than 50 of that!” joked Sgt. Maj. Rob Canterbury, the senior logistics adviser for the 8th TSC.

Napier said this race meant more than just an award; it was a chance to show their peers and Soldiers they were willing to go the extra mile for fitness and fun.

“You get a group over 40 years old … seniors … one foot in the grave, and take them through the mud and the swamp for five miles — a lot of people think that we should’ve been the last group to cross the finish line,” he said.

Napier added that everyone in the Army trains to run the two-mile event during the Army Physical Fitness Test, but both NCOs and junior enlisted need to think beyond that.

“We got to have that challenge,” he said. “Running this race and then the Great Aloha Run two days later, it speaks volumes of the heart and mental toughness that the senior Noncommissioned Officer Corps has.”

Although team members were excited about their accomplishment and are already planning for next year’s race, some are just happy to have completed this one.

“I ran two Swamp Romps that day, my first and my last!” joked Sgt. Maj. Charles Wells, senior enlisted adviser for support operations for the 8th TSC. “But the memories and friends I made that day will last forever.”

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