2SBCT leaders team up for Warrior X-4

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
Maj. Colin Davis (left front), civil affairs officer, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, and Maj. Tim Wright, executive officer, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, haul a heavy log uphill as 1st Sgt. Michael Moore, 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd SBCT, walks alongside, ready to lend a hand during “The Apparatus,” part of the five-event team-building challenge Warrior X-4,  Aug. 7.

Maj. Colin Davis (left front), civil affairs officer, 2nd SBCT, 25th ID, and Maj. Tim Wright, executive officer, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT, haul a heavy log uphill as 1st Sgt. Michael Moore, 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd SBCT, walks alongside, ready to lend a hand during “The Apparatus,” part of the five-event team-building challenge Warrior X-4, Aug. 7.

 

Story and photos by
Maj. Kari McEwen
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

Leaders from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tested their strength and teamwork during Warrior X-4, Aug. 7.

Warrior X-4 is designed to evaluate majors, first sergeants and warrant officers across the brigade on leadership skills and critical thinking, but the overall intent of the exercise is to build the team.

Participants split up into four different teams comprised of officers and noncommissioned officers who are not accustomed to working together on a day-to-day basis. Events included leader preventative maintenance checks and services and a light medium tactical vehicle push, a stress shoot, force-on-force capture the flag, the apparatus and a POW rescue lane.

Maj. Tim Wright, executive officer, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, was the only member of his battalion assigned to his Warrior X-4 squad.

A Warrior X-4 squad, comprised of majors, first sergeants and chief warrant officers, muscle a truck around the motor pool, just before executing preventative maintenance checks and services on four humvees, during the five-event team-building challenge Warrior X-4, Aug. 7.

A Warrior X-4 squad, comprised of majors, first sergeants and chief warrant officers, muscle a truck around the motor pool, just before executing preventative maintenance checks and services on four humvees, during the five-event team-building challenge Warrior X-4, Aug. 7.

“It’s all about working together as a team,” Wright said. “And what’s unique is that these aren’t guys that usually work together day in and day out. There is no one here from my battalion. I’m working with leaders, majors, noncommissioned officers and chief warrant officers from across the brigade combat team.”

Col. Thomas Mackey, commander, 2nd SBCT, told participants early in the day to use this opportunity to get to know one another, to use their brains and to have fun.

Warrior X-4 participants used more than their brains during the 18-hour ordeal. Many of the stations required strength and stamina. Teams did not know what the events were before they arrived at each station, and they didn’t have much time to come up with a strategy to complete the tasks.

“Instead of fighting a plan, you’re going to fight what’s in front of you,” Mackey said.

The random selection of teams and secret nature of the tasks was intentional.

“We have guys from all six battalions and from the brigade headquarters working together to accomplish a task. Just going through that as a team, doing that hard job, has benefits well beyond what you can measure with something like a points scale at the end of the day,” said Wright.

Warrior X-4 was preceded by Warriors X-1, X-2 and X-3, each designed to assess leader abilities, build teams and facilitate horizontal communication across the brigade.

Warrior X-5 is in the early planning stages and will likely come to fruition during the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2014. It will be a much larger event, and participants will include leaders ranging from platoon sergeants to the brigade command team.

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