FORT CARSON, Colorado - Senior enlisted leaders with 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division participated in the brigade's first senior leader physical training competition here, Jan. 8.
The brigade competition focuses on building professional relationships throughout the senior enlisted ranks.
"The first sergeants across the brigade who are executing the physical training event are here to boost morale, team building and friendly competition," said Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Chandler, command sergeant major of 2nd IBCT.
Each of the seven battalions provided a team of six senior leaders to participate in the competition. It was the first time senior leaders within the battalions came together to work toward becoming victorious in a physical competition.
The majority of the stations in the competition included exercises from the new Army Combat Fitness test, including the deadlift, leg tuck and hand release push up.
"I like the idea that we came together as a brigade," said 1st Sgt. Brian Deppner with A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. "We got to see everyone else throughout the brigade and know a little more about their personalities."
"It was really fun," said 1st Sgt. David Martinez with Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 3rd Sqdn, 61st Cav. Regt., 2nd IBCT, 4th Inf. Div. "A lot of personnel are very competitive so when you make it a team building event and add the competition aspect it pushes people to perform at a higher level."
The end result of the competition resonated through the competitors that resulted in a common goal: perform to win.
"Even though we are all on the same team, it feels good to win," said Martinez. "It shows you are willing to and are capable of performing at a higher level, which is still expected of senior leaders within an organization."
The program is slated to take place on the second Wednesday of every month.