FORT STEWART, Ga. -- “First, we’re going to have some fun. Second, you’re going to get smoked. Third, you're going to walk off [Spartan] Field knowing you put everything into it,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Jefferson Moser, senior enlisted leader of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
This was the briefing Moser gave the rest of the Spartan Brigade’s senior enlisted leadership in the early morning hours prior to them conducting his new battle-focused, team-building, gut-checking obstacle course here at Spartan Field, Sept. 19.
The event consisted of 17 challenges all designed to test the physical limits of the individual, as well as force groups to think critically and work together.
According to Moser, the purpose of the physical training session was four fold. It was intended to allow the senior leaders to experience battle-focus PT and allow them to lead from the front by setting the example. The PT session was also designed to foster teamwork and to strengthen the participants’ resiliency.
“It is important that the soldiers see that we as leaders don’t just tell them what to do, that we actually do it, that we lead from the front,” said Moser.
It wasn’t all just about setting the example though, it was also about forcing people to think and to work together to accomplish physically demanding objectives.
“I think as leaders, that is where we’ll make our money in the long term, encouraging our soldiers to think, work together, push their bodies, but most of all ensure that they enjoy what they’re doing,” Moser explained.
Sgt. Maj. Carlton Maynard, the senior enlisted leader of operations for the 2nd ABCT, confirmed that Moser’s intent was met in this regard.
“The PT was very good, and it was fun. It was challenging, but it was a group event so we were able to work together, motivate each other, and use each other’s individual strengths,” Maynard elaborated.
With the increase in Soldier suicides over the last decade, Army leadership has been taking an ever-increasing look at how to bolster the forces Resiliency. Moser believes one way to do this is through the obstacle course, and tough PT in general.
“In 28 years of being in the Army, I’ve always believed that PT goes hand in hand with Resiliency,” said Moser, “I’ve always believed that hard PT will get you through a stressful day.”
Maynard also had similar thoughts on the affects of PT on the Soldiers.
“PT strengthens the mind and the body together. When you get some good PT in the morning, that makes your day go pretty good too,” Maynard said.
After more than two years with the Spartan Brigade, Moser acknowledged that soon it would be time for him to move on, but left the Spartan senior leadership with this message:
“I charge you to continue to instill in the Spartan Brigade that PT is the foundation of your day -- get after it, and enjoy it!”