Legacy Challenge puts Soldiers to the test

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, plots the point for his team's first event during the battalion's Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

A Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, plots the point for his team’s first event during the battalion’s Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

KAUAI, Hawaii — Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, “Never Broken” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, completed the battalion’s Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station Dec. 12, 2014.

The challenge consisted of 12 different events, both physically and mentally tough, that each of the five-member teams had to complete. On top of that, each person of them team had to carry a coconut through the entire course.

To begin, the teams had to plot a point on a map, which showed the location of the event the team needed to complete.

Soldiers from C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conduct the log carry event of the battalion's Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. The event consisted of a log and four 25-pound weights that had to be carried approximately 50 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Soldiers from C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd
Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conduct the log carry event of
the battalion’s Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. The event consisted of a log and four 25-pound weights that had to be
carried approximately 50 meters. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Upon successful completions, the team was handed a card to show they were done and platted the next grid co-ordinate for their next event.

As the Soldiers made their way through the events, they had to endure such events as a log carry, each team had to carry a log and four 25 pound weights at the same time, they had to complete a 150 meter swim.

On top of the physical challenges there were come mentally challenging stops. At one location the team had to answer five riddles before advancing. At another location, the Soldiers had to complete a puzzle.

Among the events, there laid a mystery event in which no team knew what waited for them.

The mystery event had the Soldiers spin around a baseball bat five times, pick up a coconut, then run 100 yards and drop the coconut. They then ran back to the bat and spin 10 times, before running back to pick up the coconut. Then run to the finish line 100 yards away

As the day rolled on you could see the energy draining as the teams neared their final events for the day.

The winning team finished with the total time of 2 hours and 12 minutes.

This challenge marked another step in the “Never Broken” battalion as this was the commanders last challenge with his unit before moving on in January.

Sgt. 1st Class Ray Kreft, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, attempts to make a 3-point shot during the battalion's Legacy Challenge at Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. Each team had to make a total of 10 to complete the task. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. 1st Class Ray Kreft, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 7th Field
Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, attempts to make a 3-point shot during the battalion’s Legacy Challenge at
Bellows Air Force Station, Dec. 12, 2014. Each team had to make a total of
10 to complete the task. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd
Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division)

“I am very proud of every one out here, not only the competitors but the supporting staff as well,” said Lt. Col. George Hammar, commander, 3-7 FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

After it was all said and done, the command team was proud of the effort the Soldiers put into making the Legacy Challenge a successful one.

“I am very proud of every one out here, not only the competitors but the supporting staff as well,” said Lt. Col. George Hammar, commander, 3-7 FA Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

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