Challenge builds esprit de corps
September 6, 2012
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Students of the Adjutant General Captains Career Course, Class 902-12, participated in a warrior challenge event at Weston Lake, Aug. 23. This event, which is designed to challenge physical fitness while also refining team building and esprit de corps, serves as a hands-on experience for the students' Captains Career Course common core leadership lessons.
The course consisted of a high crawl, a 1.4-mile run, a litter carry, a water jug carry, and a canoe race. Three teams of nine students completed the relay by successfully navigating all obstacles in the timed event.
Completing the challenge in 41 minutes, the Charlie Centurions won with a commanding lead. They were followed by the Alpha Assassins with a time of 48 minutes. The Bravo Bulldogs finished the event in 80 minutes -- making sure they finished the event despite some setbacks on the course.
One aspect of the challenge is learning to solve problems as a team. Each team had unique challenges it had to overcome, and through teamwork, all teams completed the course successfully.
Capt. Kevin Sudsberry, Alpha Assassins, said the canoe event particularly emphasized working as a team.
"The entire course was a challenge and a test of endurance, but I found the canoe event to be the toughest since I have never canoed before," Sudsberry said.
Capt. Jerry Lindsey, Bravo Bulldogs, said the event had a positive effect on his team.
"The warrior challenge made our team bond even stronger," Lindsey said.
Capt. Tamarrow Climes, Charlie Centurions, shared a similiar sentiment.
"I would say that it brought together everything our team has been working to build over the past six weeks and gave us an opportunity to demonstrate how strong we really are," Climes said.
The Warrior Challenge also afforded the students the opportunity to plan a safe, challenging event. The class operations officer, Capt. Adam Katz, said the key to success was making sure that all the pieces were in place to execute the training effectively.
"The evaluation of safety for the course was also an in depth process," Katz said. "Navigating both water and terrain obstacles can present some risk and this has to be extensively mitigated."
Just six weeks into their 21-week course, the students built bonds that will enhance the learning environment for the remainder of the course while also building professional relationships.