Branch leader conducts 1st post run in a decade
Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield, commanding general of USAACE and Fort Rucker, encourages Soldiers before leading the post run Feb. 2.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Every brigade, battalion, regiment and company on Fort Rucker formed up Feb. 2 to complete the first Post Run in nearly a decade.

U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commanding general Maj. Gen. Anthony G. Crutchfield walked among the Soldiers, encouraged them to lead by example and to make the Aviation Branch the very best it could be.

The sun had not yet broken through the trees as the cold morning air pushed its way between the Soldiers and Crutchfield walked to the front of the leading unit and yelled "Let's lead the Branch!" He then began the brisk run in front of the Headquarters Building.

"We've got to lead this Branch right now," Crutchfield said. "We have to give (Soldiers downrange) everything we've got."

The purpose of the run was to work on teambuilding, said Col. Timothy Edens, USAACE and Fort Rucker deputy commanding general. He added that timing it with the Aviation Senior Leaders Conference here was a good idea.

"We wanted to bring all of the Aviation Branch together," Edens said. "I think we're going to keep doing this during the (conference). Soldiers like seeing their leaders out there. We got a great response from them about this."

Sgt. 1st Class Carmelo Vasquez, Fort Rucker Noncommissioned Officer Academy student sergeant major, said taking part in the first post run in almost 10 years was something he'll always remember.

"I feel honored to be part of this run," he said. "As an NCO it was really something special."

Vasquez said he was happy to see the senior leadership of the Branch leading the way during the run and it helped him to feel even more motivated to succeed in his work.

"This was the second time my unit has run together, on-post, since we started school," he said. "We were all feeling really good at the end and now we're getting ready to go to work."

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