INJE, GANGWON -- Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company of United States Army Garrison Yongsan participated in Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ) program to enhance unit cohesion and individual coping skills when facing challenges, Aug. 6.

Sponsored and coordinated by MWR, the Warrior Adventure Quest Program is aimed to introduce soldiers to activities that serve as alternatives to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently re-deployed soldiers. WAQ presents high adventure activities such as rock climbing, white water rafting and paintball.

More than 30 soldiers from HHC USAG Yongsan traveled to Inje, Gangwon province, which is well known for its diverse leisure sports opportunities. First, soldiers faced a paintball challenge, divided into two teams to shoot their opponents. The teams each developed their strategies, and soldiers applied them with the proper posture they learned from their training and experience.

"It was a great opportunity for all of us to participate in events like this," said Sgt. Kevin Frazier, Public Affairs NCOIC. "Actually doing this and working as a team helped us understand the importance of unit cohesion, and we saw some great team work today. But above all, It was so much fun, and I definitely want to do this again."

After the paintball shooting, soldiers participated in white water rafting. Even under inclement weather conditions with thunder and heavy rain, the soldiers enjoyed paddling as one team. As the rain dwindled, they dove into the water and enjoyed a day free from their regular work.

"It is great to have a day that we can solely focus on my teammates and myself," said Cpl. Lee Chang Hyun, admin specialist for ROKA Staff Office. "I met some soldiers I knew, but never had a chance to get close until today. Today's events helped us building esprit de corps among our company for sure."