715th MI wins NSA-Hawaii Warrior Challenge

| May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Senior Leaders of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade pushed their way through the 20 squad push up challenge during the NSA-H Warrior Competition at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. Team Sentinel 6 competed against 13 joint service member teams through several physically and mental tough challenges to get the fastest finish time to win the competition. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Senior Leaders of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade pushed their way through the 20 squad push up challenge during the NSA-H Warrior Competition at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. Team Sentinel 6 competed against 13 joint service member teams through several physically and mental tough challenges to get the fastest finish time to win the competition. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Unit finishes best out of 13

Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Seven officers and nine noncommissioned officers of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, competed in the second annual National Security Agency/Central Security Service-Hawaii Warrior Challenge at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Wahiawa Annex, recently.

Each year, service members from different branches of the service get together in teams of eight and go through seven different stations for approximately 7 miles while carrying rucksacks that weigh over 40 pounds.

Each station consisted of different physical and mental challenges, which allowed the competitors to work together as a team and get through each challenge as one.

Senior Leaders of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade,Team Sentinel 6, ran towards the finished line during the ammo carry to complete station four and move on to the next challenge during the NSA-H Warrior Competition at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. Each team member had to run around the track and pass the ammo can to the next team member at different points around the track and finish as a team. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Senior Leaders of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade,Team Sentinel 6, ran towards the finished line during the ammo carry to complete station four and move on to the next challenge during the NSA-H Warrior Competition at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. Each team member had to run around the track and pass the ammo can to the next team member at different points around the track and finish as a team. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

“I think it was a great event with joint services, and we as a team represented the Army pretty strong,” said Lt. Col. Andrew “Andy” J. Hierstetter, commander of 715th MI Battalion. “It was very challenging, but it was what I expected and everything was put together well.”

Hierstetter led the way with “Sentinel Team 6,” which included his company commanders, operations officers and one NCO. The second group, the “Silent Sentinels,” represented the unit with eight NCOs.

Challenges

Some of the challenges the teams faced at the stations included 20 squad push-ups under 2 minutes, a spear throw, 10 buddy-assisted sit-ups and squats, a pistol belt drag, a tire flip, a mud crawl, an ammo carry and a react to fire.

“Part of the reason for us coming out here to compete is because we ask Soldiers to come out and compete in these type of events, so we want to let them see and know that we can come out and do it, too,” said Capt. Benjamin Huzzey, commander, A Company, 715th MI Bn. “We’re not afraid of getting dirty, and we are up for the challenge.”

Each team started out 30 minutes apart. Once each team reached the next station and grounded their gear, they were read a Medal of Honor citation prior to starting the challenge.

The noncommissioned officers team Silent Sentinels of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, make their way towards the finished line after completing the final station of the NSA-H Warrior Competition against other joint service members at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wahiaw Annex May 12. The final station pushed the team members to be able to react under fire, low crawl, go through a water obstacle, a mine field and carry ammo as fast as they can. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

The noncommissioned officers team Silent Sentinels of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, make their way towards the finished line after completing the final station of the NSA-H Warrior Competition against other joint service members at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wahiaw Annex May 12. The final station pushed the team members to be able to react under fire, low crawl, go through a water obstacle, a mine field and carry ammo as fast as they can. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

“The challenge was very competitive with the joint service members together and brought out the best of us,” said Capt. Jun H. You, 715th assistant S-3 (Operations). “Getting all of the senior leaders was a good way to lead from the front. We started as a team and ended as a team.”

Any part of the challenge – at each station – that a team didn’t successfully complete, they were required to do 20 burpees individually, which cost them their time to move on to the next station.

“The terrain played a huge factor, and the burpee penalty made it more challenging,” said Sgt. Brandon M. Roy, a Signals Intelligence Analysts from C Co., 715th MI Bn. “I think this challenge reflected our unit’s strong esprit de corps, morale and overall unit cohesion.”

Despite the heat, terrain and the weight of their gear, the Silent Sentinels were able to adapt and overcome and win first place. Team Sentinel 6 was able to finish in fifth place.

The Silent Sentinels were announced the winners in a cake-cutting ceremony and received a Warrior Paddle, which was presented by Navy Capt. Boswyck Offord, commander of NSA/CSS-Hawaii, on May 18th.

Noncommissioned officers of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, competed in the NSA-H Warrior Competition against other joint service members at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. The Competition consisted of 13 teams that competed for the fasted time through seven stations where they were all physically and mentally challenged to make it through as a team. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

Noncommissioned officers of the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, competed in the NSA-H Warrior Competition against other joint service members at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Wahiawa Annex May 12. The Competition consisted of 13 teams that competed for the fasted time through seven stations where they were all physically and mentally challenged to make it through as a team. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th MI Bde. Public Affairs)

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