FORT HOOD, Texas --The 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted a physical fitness challenge at the baseball fields on Battalion Ave. here on Fort Hood to foster friendly competition and esprit d' corps amongst its units on Mar. 28, 2012.

The competition physically and mentally challenged Soldiers' military skills with a variety of exercises. Platoons maneuvered from station to station completing tasks like a water jug carry, litter carry, a medical evacuation request evaluation and other combat skills.

Soldiers that participated said the course was challenging and kept them on their toes.

"This PT challenge was exhausting and all the events were completely unexpected," said Pfc. Corey Smith, a combat engineer with 1st Platoon, Company C and a native of Springtown, Texas. "I felt like I was going through the promotion board."

Though the units only had a few days to prepare for the competition, they proved that daily physical training, teamwork and unit cohesiveness readies Soldiers for anything. Some troops craved the adrenaline the events provided and wanted it to be more challenging, while others were exhausted as the day progressed.
"After this challenge, I feel very tired," Pfc. Brenton Levens, a native of Los Angeles, said.

"If it wasn't for my team I wouldn't be as motivated. I had my sergeant always on me, pushing me and motivating me," he said. Levens is also a combat engineer assigned to 1st Pltn., Co. C.

This PT event was new for the teams as well as the personnel in charge. Leaders said the challenge was a success.

"The transition between the events was smooth and at perfect intervals and the support from the different companies was on target by providing the necessary bodies and competitors," said 2nd Lt. Johnathan Lanahan, the officer in charge of the challenge. "Soldiers were well prepared and had the appropriate gear."

The challenge ended at lunchtime where by the end of the day the tally was made and 5th Platoon, Co. C. took top prize from 12 different platoons that participated during the event.