Black Jack Soldiers participate in PT challenge
May 19, 2011
FORT HOOD, Texas- Physical training has long been a tool the Army has used to enhance morale while building warriors better suited to tough combat environments.
Keeping with this long tradition, Soldiers from Alpha Company "Regulators," 15th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, were afforded the opportunity to participate in the company's Regulator Challenge on Fort Hood April 26-27.
The two-day, two-man event challenged 50 Alpha Co. Soldiers with eight events including: Basic Rifle Marksmanship, a 10k ruck march, the Army Physical Fitness Test and the Army Combat Readiness Test, explained 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Rascon, a Mesquite, Texas native and a platoon leader for Alpha Co. 15th BSB, 2nd BCT.
Inspired by the company commander, the event was a first for the company and was designed to enhance the Soldiers' basic skills while having fun, according to Rascon. Building morale and challenging the Soldiers is exactly what the competition did.
"The Soldiers were very motivated and excited to start (the event)," said Rascon.
Motivation stayed high even as the tasks became increasingly difficult, she said.
One of the most difficult tasks during the event was the Army CRT, said Pvt. Adam Lucier, a Flint, Mich. native and transportation specialist for A. Co., 15th BSB. It was Lucier's first time completing the CRT.
"It (the CRT) hurt me ... I felt it afterwards," said Lucier.
No stranger to the rest of the tasks, Lucier said the event was a great motivator because the variety of challenges that were involved.
"There is a good mixture of things," he said. "It (the event) makes you think."
Regardless of the level of difficulty, Lucier and his teammate excelled. He said at the end of the first day their buddy team was leading the challenge.
But leading the event wasn't enough, Lucier said. The prize for the winning team was their main goal.
Awards for the challenge were given to the three highest scoring teams as well as an award for the each Soldier that scored highest in each task, said Rascon.
Overall the challenge was a success. Lucier said he would like to participate in another challenge in the future.