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Spc. Fate Black, a Monroe, N.C. native with B Battery, 5th Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, climbs down a rope net on an obstacle at Camp Butner, N.C. on April 28, 2014 during the North Carolina National Guard's pre-air assault course. Black was one of 45 Guardsmen hoping to prove they are ready to attend Air Assault School. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell, North Carolina National Guard Public Affairs/Released)

BUTNER, N.C. – Forty Soldiers and five Airmen participated in the North Carolina National Guard’s pre-Air Assault Course held at Camp Bunter, N.C. from April 26 to the 27.

The 45 Guardsmen had to complete an Army Physical Fitness Test, a twelve-mile road march in less than three hours and an obstacle course.

The events are designed to ensure that the best qualified Guardsmen are selected to attend Air-Assault school and are ready for the rigors of Air Assault School.

“It’s like a gut-check to see if you can do it or not,” said Spc. Destiny Tolliver with the 732nd Field Maintenance Support Company, one of two females at the course. “It’s tough, but you push through it.”

Tolliver was given the opportunity to attend the course when she achieved a perfect score of 300 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test.

“Our unit gave me the opportunity because of my performance, so why not go,” Tolliver said. “I want to go to every school I can.”
Many Guardsmen have the goal of attending prestigious schools and challenging their abilities.

“It’s a personal aspiration of mine,” said Army Capt. Richard Kirby, a native of Marion, Virginia, with C Company, 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment. “Air Assault and air-lift capabilities are good skills to have both in a combat environment and for domestic operations.”

Not all the Guardsmen attending the course will go on to Air Assault School because of the limited amount of available slots, however, the course is a venue for them to show off their skills and determination to be the best.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out of the office and interact with Soldiers,” Kirby said. “That’s why I wanted to be a leader in the first place.”


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This work, NC Guardsmen attend pre-air assault course, by SSG Mary Junell, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.27.2014

Date Posted:05.02.2014 21:43

Location:BUTNER, NC, USGlobe

Hometown:MARION, VA, US

Hometown:MONROE, NC, US

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