1st Lt. Nickoles Smith, the company executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart Georgia, grades Cpl. Kevin Thomas, a human resources specialist also assigned to HHC, on his team's ability to plot points on a map and plan routes, Dec. 10, 2020. The points the teams were given to plot represented the locations of the lanes they rucked to for the Ghost Rider Challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 1st Lt. Nickoles Smith, the company executive officer for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart Georgia, grades Cpl. Kevin Thomas, a human resources specialist also assigned to HHC, on his team's ability to plot points on a map and plan routes, Dec. 10, 2020. The points the teams were given to plot represented the locations of the lanes they rucked to for the Ghost Rider Challenge. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III) (Photo Credit: Spc. Robert Wormley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart Georgia, perform Tactical Combat Casualty Care on a mock casualty, Dec. 10, 2020. The team had to assess the casualty’s injuries, call a nine line medical evacuation request and move the casualty to safety. The TCCC lane was part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge that provided leadership opportunities to aspiring leaders that normally only officers and noncommissioned officers get. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart Georgia, perform Tactical Combat Casualty Care on a mock casualty, Dec. 10, 2020. The team had to assess the casualty’s injuries, call a nine line medical evacuation request and move the casualty to safety. The TCCC lane was part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge that provided leadership opportunities to aspiring leaders that normally only officers and noncommissioned officers get. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III) (Photo Credit: Spc. Robert Wormley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spc. Devin Jordan, a motor transport operator assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion, directs his team as cadre called enemy contact during mock Tactical Combat Casualty Care,  Dec. 10, 2020 on Fort Stewart, Georgia. The TCCC lane, part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, consisted of an assessment, treatment and movement of a casualty to safety for medical evacuation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Devin Jordan, a motor transport operator assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion, directs his team as cadre called enemy contact during mock Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Dec. 10, 2020 on Fort Stewart, Georgia. The TCCC lane, part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, consisted of an assessment, treatment and movement of a casualty to safety for medical evacuation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III) (Photo Credit: Spc. Robert Wormley) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. Josue Vasallo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, and Pfc. Willy Calle, a generator mechanic, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion demonstrate their ability to disassemble and reassemble an M4 carbine on Fort Stewart, Georgia Dec. 10, 2020. The weapons lane, part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, consisted of timed disassembly and reassembly of an M9 Pistol, M4 Carbine and an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Josue Vasallo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, and Pfc. Willy Calle, a generator mechanic, both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion demonstrate their ability to disassemble and reassemble an M4 carbine on Fort Stewart, Georgia Dec. 10, 2020. The weapons lane, part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, consisted of timed disassembly and reassembly of an M9 Pistol, M4 Carbine and an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III) (Photo Credit: Spc. Robert Wormley) VIEW ORIGINAL
First Sgt. RoRee Anderson, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart, Georgia, motivates one of his Soldiers during the hand release pushup portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test on Dec. 10, 2020. The ACFT was conducted as part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, designed to challenge Soldiers leadership skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – First Sgt. RoRee Anderson, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart, Georgia, motivates one of his Soldiers during the hand release pushup portion of the Army Combat Fitness Test on Dec. 10, 2020. The ACFT was conducted as part of HHC’s Ghost Rider Challenge, designed to challenge Soldiers leadership skills. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III) (Photo Credit: Spc. Robert Wormley) VIEW ORIGINAL

Across the Army, leader certification programs are an effort to enhance unit readiness by reinforcing communication and forging trust between the Soldiers and leaders. Normally these opportunities are reserved for officers and noncommissioned officers, but Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion on Fort Stewart, Georgia, afforded the opportunity to their junior leaders on December 10.

The certification, coined as the Ghost Rider Challenge, was a miniature version of what all officers and noncommissioned officers assigned to the 83rd CBRN are required to experience.

“The challenge started with an Army Combat Fitness Test, then participants had to conduct map reading and plot the location of the stations,” said Cpt. Danielle Deshaies, commander of HHC. “From there, each team went to various stations, rucking to get to each one. The stations for this challenge were flipping a large tire 10 times, changing the tire on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, treating a casualty and moving them to the linkup point, and weapons familiarization.”

Opportunities like the Ghost Rider Challenge help Soldiers stay sharp with their warrior tasks and drills.

“It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to do things like this,” said Cpl. Maria Trejo, an operations noncommissioned officer assigned to HHC. “It was nice to have a refresher of various military exercises as we moved from lane to lane.”

The Soldiers honed their abilities to work as a team along the way by reacting to enemy contact under stressful circumstances.

“My favorite part was the random attacks and challenges that hindered the ruck,” said Cpl. Kevin Thomas, a human resources specialist assigned to HHC. “It gave us a chance to see how we could operate as a team and how we grew each time.”

The Ghost Rider challenge was roughly six hours and eight miles of rucking. The larger leader’s certification for 83rd CBRN is usually double that.

“We wanted to provide the opportunity for junior Soldiers to put their skills to the test and work together as a team,” said Deshaies “Usually at the end of a leader’s certification, participants feel accomplished and bond as a unit and we wanted the same experience for our Soldiers with their peers.”

The 83rd CBRN’s leader certifications are operated at the battalion level, but HHC conducted the ghost rider challenge on their own.

“I’ve never participated in an event like this,” said Spc. Savante Herbet, a signal support systems specialist assigned to HHC. “Challenges like this may seem like a waste of time on paper, but once you get into it and let yourself become vulnerable to the exercise, you will learn a lot; you may even enjoy yourself.”