TFT runs and rucks for POWs/MIAs

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Task Force Talon participates in a commemorative 24-hour vigilance run at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 19, for National POW/MIA Recognition Day .

Task Force Talon participates in a commemorative 24-hour vigilance run at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 19, for National POW/MIA Recognition Day .

 

 Sgt. 1st Class Jaquetta Z. Gooden
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

ANDERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Guam — Task Force Talon (TFT) participated in a series of different events, here, put together by the 36th Wing Security Forces Squadron to recognize prisoners of war and those missing in action.

The weeklong activities took place Sept. 15-19, beginning with a 4-mile memorial ruck march by several teams from the various units, here.

“The teams had to include one officer, one senior noncommissioned officer and one female Soldier,” said Sgt. Maj. Johnny Woodley, TFT senior enlisted leader. “Each team needed at least 10 Soldiers to sign up.”

The Soldiers took first place in the 4-mile ruck march, building camaraderie and giving TFT bragging rights over the other competitors.

“It was a chance to get out there for a good cause and have some fun,” said Spc. Courtland Cansler, Security Forces. “It was a healthy competition between the other services, giving everybody a chance to show what their service is made of, while honoring the POW/MIA service members”

Competitors also participated in a 5k fun run, followed by a 24-hour vigilance run. Each unit’s team was responsible to continuously run for an hour in honor of prisoners of war or those declared missing in action.

“It was a lot of fun. TFT had the midnight shift, and we all took turns running for the hour. We cheered on and motivated each other,” said Sgt. Naytasha Russell, intelligence analyst. “Events like these really help build esprit de corps and morale within the unit.”

Woodley noted that the participants should feel honored to be involved in recognizing POWs/MIAs.

“Having the opportunity to come out and support this day by rucking and running for those who sacrificed so much for their country is a reward in itself,” said Woodley.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Observances are traditionally held on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities on the third Friday in September. This year the date fell on Sept. 19.

The purpose is to remember those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action.

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