• Staff Sgt. Etta Tuttle and Sgt. Jessica Gradney of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), assist Sara Hammond, a freshman forward with the University of Louisville women's basketball team, during the teams visit to Fort Knox Friday, Oct. 14 to take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course. The 3d ESC sponsored the event which challenged the team physically and mentally. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Staff Sgt. Etta Tuttle and Sgt. Jessica Gradney of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), assist Sara Hammond, a freshman forward with the University of Louisville women's basketball team, during the teams visit to Fort Knox Friday, Oct. 14 to...

  • Cierra Warren, Charmaine Tay and Shawnta' Dyer of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, during their visit to Fort Knox and Dunagan Teamwork Development Course, Oct. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Cierra Warren, Charmaine Tay and Shawnta' Dyer of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, during their visit to Fort Knox and Dunagan Teamwork Development Course, Oct. 14. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

  • University of Louisville basketball players Asia Taylor and Jude Schimmel lower an ammunition can to Sara Hammond while conquering the "The Cliff Hanger" obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    University of Louisville basketball players Asia Taylor and Jude Schimmel lower an ammunition can to Sara Hammond while conquering the "The Cliff Hanger" obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

  • Freshman Guard Jude Schimmel of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, pushes an ammunition can to a teammate using a plank during the teams visit to Dunagan Teamwork Development Course at Fort Knox.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Freshman Guard Jude Schimmel of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, pushes an ammunition can to a teammate using a plank during the teams visit to Dunagan Teamwork Development Course at Fort Knox. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt...

  • Asia Taylor, Sara Hammond and Jude Schimmel of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, tackle an obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course on Fort Knox, Oct. 14. Head coach Jeff Walz said the course taught his players the value of teamwork and to trust one another. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Asia Taylor, Sara Hammond and Jude Schimmel of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, tackle an obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course on Fort Knox, Oct. 14. Head coach Jeff Walz said the course taught his players the value of...

  • Lt. Col. Robin Higgins of the 3d ESC, explains to Asia Taylor, Jude Schimmel and Sara Hammond, all University of Louisville basketball players, the correct way to complete the Quicksand obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course during the team's visit to Fort Knox. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Lt. Col. Robin Higgins of the 3d ESC, explains to Asia Taylor, Jude Schimmel and Sara Hammond, all University of Louisville basketball players, the correct way to complete the Quicksand obstacle at Dunagan Teamwork Development Course during the team's...

  • Sgt. Jessica Waters of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), asks Jeff Walz, head coach of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, for an autograph during the team's visit to Fort Knox. While at Fort Knox, the team took on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course and visited the 3d ESC headquarters where they signed autographs for unit members and their families. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

    Lady Cards take on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course

    Sgt. Jessica Waters of the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), asks Jeff Walz, head coach of the University of Louisville women's basketball team, for an autograph during the team's visit to Fort Knox. While at Fort Knox, the team took on Dunagan...

FORT KNOX, Ky. (October 17, 2011) -- Members of the University of Louisville women's basketball team took on Dunagan Teamwork Development Course Friday, Oct.14 at Fort Knox.

The event, sponsored by the 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) tested the women's basketball team both mentally and physically.

Head coach Jeff Walz said that even though he has a very talented basketball team, the course would help to establish which players would step us as leaders for the upcoming season.

"For us right now, it's all about who wants to be a leader," said Walz. "We want to know who has the intangibles inside of them to step up and lead our team."

Walz said that the course taught his players the value of teamwork and to trust one another.

Throughout the course, the team took on obstacles that simulated various combat situations. Simulated were river crossings, bridges, quicksand and minefields. Often, with most of the obstacles, team members were tasked with getting themselves and supplies from one point to the other without failure using wooden planks and rope.

For the 3d ESC cadre running the range, the event gave them the opportunity to see how non-military personnel worked together to complete the obstacles. Most felt as if the skills developed during the course could easily translate to the basketball court.

"This event gave me the opportunity to see a team function successfully outside of their element," said Master Sgt. Roanna Sessoms, the 3d ESC master resilience trainer. "I saw and experience their cohesion as a team. They will benefit on the court from going through this course."

According to members of the coaching staff, team and cadre, the event was successful. The most common responses from the team members were that the obstacles were far more difficult to complete than what they appeared.

But according to the players, the mental focus required to complete the obstacles will be beneficial during the season.

"This course required us to mentally focus on the task, which is what we have to do on the basketball court," said senior forward, Monique Reid. "We were able to work together as a team, focus and communicate. All things we need on the basketball court."

Photos and story by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) public affairs.
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