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Wrangler leadership partners with FHFD for firefighter challenge

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June 25, 2013 | News
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Capt. Benjamin Walker, commander, HHC, 4th STB, 4th Sust. Bde., races up three flights of stairs carrying a 40-pound high-rise pack hose during a Firefighter Combat Challenge with firefighters fro m Station 1, Fort Hood Fire Department, at the fire training tower course here June 19.
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Capt. Felicia Foster, contingency contracting officer-in-charge, 4th Sust. Bde., races through a Firefighter Combat Challenge course during a Wrangler Brigade leadership teambuilding exercise with firefighters from Station 1, Fort Hood Fire Department, at the fire training tower course here June 19. Photos by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson, 13th ESC PAO
Leaders from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), participated in a Firefighter Combat Challenge with firefighters from Station 1, Fort Hood Fire Department, at the fire training tower course at Fort Hood, June 19.

The challenge is a national and international physically-demanding competition event for firefighters worldwide which tests the strength and stamina of its contestants. Competition events include a stair climb with a high-rise pack, hose hoist, forcible entry, hose advance and a victim rescue.

Chap. (Maj.) David Kirk, chaplain for the Wrangler Brigade, organized the event for the brigade’s staff officers to compete in this unique challenge with a goal to help bring them together for a morning of intense physical training and team-building activities.

Kirk said he considered the idea to collaborate with the fire department as he also serves as the FHFD’s chaplain in addition to his duties for the Wranglers.

“It was a great opportunity to get the staff out of the office and do something different for PT,” Kirk said. “But it was also an opportunity to work together as a staff and build upon our working relationships and bond together as a team.”

Fire Capt. Anthony Griffin, captain of Station 1, FHFD, said this was the first time his station had hosted a unit to participate in the challenge, but was excited at the opportunity and praised the Wranglers for their performance.

“Overall, everyone did a really good job for it being their first time attempting this,” Griffin said. “It is not an easy course, even for our firefighters.

“It was an outstanding opportunity to work together with these guys and not only give them a physical challenge,” Griffin continued, “but it also is a chance for us to build stronger working relationships between the Soldiers and the fire department.”

Capt. Benjamin Walker, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sust. Bde., participated in the challenge for the first time since he served as a firefighter while he was attending college.

“I want to do it again,” Walker said shortly after completing the event. “It was great to get out here and get a good workout in. It’s not as easy as it looks.”
 
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