By CourtesyJuly 6, 2018
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, gathered to celebrate the U.S. Army's 243rd birthday with a competition to determine the Ultimate Lethal Warrior team June 14, 2018.
To earn the title of Ultimate Lethal Warrior, the teams of 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT, competed in three physical fitness events.
The competition began with a Ranger Physical Fitness Test, which included pushups, situps, a 5-mile run and chin-ups. Immediately following the fitness test, the participants conducted two circuit workouts to conclude the competition.
"Challenging physical competitions like this one are not only great workouts but also help increase morale and overall esprit de corps within an organization," said 2nd Lt. Clay Stanley, platoon leader with 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT. "It's not enough to be just strong or just fast; you have to be (both) strong and fast to win."
Stanley and Spc. Kurtis Mancuso with 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT, won the title of battalion Ultimate Lethal Warrior team, making this the second victory for the duo within the battalion.
"Being able to win the competition for 'Dagger' Company gives us bragging rights within the battalion and pushes us to keep getting better for the next competition," said Stanley.
Although there was only one winning team, 2nd Lt. Daniel Leiner, platoon leader with 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg., 2nd IBCT, said the competition was a fun event.
It not only tested cardio but also strength, combat fitness and mental toughness to go all the way to the end," he said. "It gave the battalion a chance to come together, compete and celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Army. Honestly, after looking at the exercises I was not looking forward to it, but it turned out to be a grueling blast."
The 2nd Bn., 12th Inf. Reg. Soldiers are supporting Resolute Support, a NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.