Special Troops Battalion Celebrates 100 Days on Deployment
By Spc. Elizabeth WhiteFebruary 6, 2018
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade celebrated their first 100 days on deployment with a physical fitness competition Jan. 31 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Six teams from Special Troops Battalion, the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB, 135th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and Bosnian-Herzegovinian security platoon competed against each other for the top spot that day. The teams and the instructors enjoyed this show of esprit de corps and a chance to compete.
"I thought the competition was fun, the groups looked like they were having fun doing it," said Sgt. 1st Class Pearlie Love, the noncommissioned officer in charge of petroleum, oil and lubricants with the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB, who acted as the NCOIC for the competition. "It was fun preparing for it and thinking of the events to have for the competition."
The competition consisted of ten different physical exercises, such as tire flips and pull-ups, followed by a three mile ruck march to a range, casualty treatment and evacuation and finally a stress shoot.
"These are skill level one tasks, something that everyone should know as a Soldier," said Love.
"We had one team who didn't meet the requirements for personnel," said 1st Lt. Kevin McNicholas, the Force Protection Platoon leader with the 3rd Inf. Div. RSSB, who put together the whole event. "They did the competition anyways because they wanted to work on those Soldier skills."
The challenge signified the 100th day in theater day mark for the unit. The teams came together to celebrate all of their hard work over the course of the past few months and look forward to the rest of the deployment.
"It's significant because we're more than a third of the way done with our deployment," said McNicholas. "It gives us an opportunity to celebrate all that we've accomplished in those hundred days."
Over the past three months the brigade has pushed out over 20 million gallons of fuel, over 100 million dollars worth of ammunition and millions of cases of rations throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area - Afghanistan. These sustainment Soldiers ensure mission readiness by supplying the basic necessities for accomplishing a task. Whether it's during a competition or doing their jobs, these Soldiers give it their all every day.