• Pfc. Anthony Cabassa, right, of the 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, knocks out as many push-ups as he can while being monitored by Sgt. Jonathon Pion, left, Arctic Military Police Battalion S4, during Warrior Police Challenge tryouts at Fort Richardson, Aug. 6.

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    Pfc. Anthony Cabassa, right, of the 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, knocks out as many push-ups as he can while being monitored by Sgt. Jonathon Pion, left, Arctic Military Police Battalion S4, during Warrior Police...

  • Pfc. Joshua Furbeck, of the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, climbs a rope during the obstacle course portion of the Warrior Police Challenge tryouts Aug. 6, at Fort Richardson.

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    Pfc. Joshua Furbeck, of the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, climbs a rope during the obstacle course portion of the Warrior Police Challenge tryouts Aug. 6, at Fort Richardson.

  • Pfc. Joshua Furbeck, a gunner with the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, lowers himself from the rope climb during the obstacle course portion of the Warrior Police Challenge tryouts Aug. 6, at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

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    Pfc. Joshua Furbeck, a gunner with the 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, lowers himself from the rope climb during the obstacle course portion of the Warrior Police Challenge tryouts Aug. 6, at Fort Richardson, Alaska.

  • Spc. Joshua Terry, a team leader with Fort Richardson's 164th Military Police Company, moves through the Fort Richardson, Alaska, obstacle course while competing against eight other Soldiers to secure a place to represent U.S. Army Alaska at the Warrior Police Challenge at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

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    Spc. Joshua Terry, a team leader with Fort Richardson's 164th Military Police Company, moves through the Fort Richardson, Alaska, obstacle course while competing against eight other Soldiers to secure a place to represent U.S. Army Alaska at the...

  • Spc. James Teare Jr., a team leader with 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, crosses a balance beam Aug. 6, at the Fort Richardson obstacle course during tryouts for the Warrior Police Challenge.

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    Spc. James Teare Jr., a team leader with 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, crosses a balance beam Aug. 6, at the Fort Richardson obstacle course during tryouts for the Warrior Police Challenge.

  • Staff Sgt. Paul Ramos, a squad leader with 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Spc. James Teare Jr., a team leader with 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, ruck march to the obstacle course at Fort Richardson during Warrior Police Challenge tryouts, Aug. 6.

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    Staff Sgt. Paul Ramos, a squad leader with 472nd Military Police Company from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and Spc. James Teare Jr., a team leader with 164th Military Police Company from Fort Richardson, Alaska, ruck march to the obstacle course at Fort...

FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Nine U.S. Army Alaska military police officers were physically and mentally put to the test Aug. 6 and 7 at Fort Richardson during tryouts for the Warrior Police Challenge.

MPs from throughout the Army will converge on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. 15 through Sept. 17 to compete for 72 hours straight in the challenge, and USARAK Soldiers will be competing right alongside them.

The three primary Soldiers selected to compete at Fort Leonard Wood are Staff Sgt. Paul Ramos, 472nd Military Police Company; Spc. Joshua Terry, 164th Military Police Company; and Pfc. Joshua Furbeck, 472nd MP Co.

The three secondary competitors, who will participate in the event if the primary Soldiers are unable to compete, are Spc. James Teare Jr., 164th MP Co.; Spc. Anthony Cabassa, 164th MP Co; and Pfc. Alexander Cole, 164th MP Co. Although the USARAK competitors participated in events such as a physical training test, an obstacle course, applying first aid, a ruck march, canoeing, weapons assembly and a written test, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Wilson, Arctic Military Police Battalion operations NCO, said no one can be sure what the Soldiers will face at Fort Leonard Wood. "

The events are different each year, consisting of different PT tests, confidence courses, obstacle courses, responding to downed aircraft - anything these guys can think of," Wilson said.

"We don't know what to train on, really. We just try to hit a little bit of everything." The tryouts at Fort Richardson began at 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and didn't conclude until the early morning of Aug. 7, which Wilson said was meant to prepare the Soldiers for how taxing the competition will be at Fort Leonard Wood.

"I knew the Soldiers were going to be tired," he said. "They're not used to staying up all night doing a lot of physical training like this. Down there, it's three days of nonstop completion in 72 hours."

Wilson said he is confident in the Soldiers selected to represent USARAK at the Fort Leonard Wood competition. "I think we're going to have a pretty good shot of at least making the top five," he said.

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