News: Gunslingers get dirty during annual mud run
Story by Staff Sgt. Jason Thompson
FORT HOOD, Texas - Soldiers, family members and community partners with the 553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), participated in the battalion's annual mud run and obstacle course at Fort Hood’s all-terrain vehicle track July 3.
Soldiers ran the three-mile off-road route featuring several mud pits, water crossings, low crawl obstacles and sand bag carries.
The quickest individual was Davis Jefferies, 18, stepson to Sgt. Dan Graves with the Killeen Army Recruiting Station, with a time of 26 minutes, 10 seconds, and the fastest team time for the day belonged to the 62nd Quartermaster Company, 553rd CSSB, with a time of 32:50.
“We motivated each other,” said Sgt. Garcia Mebrahte, a squad leader and runner with the winning team from 62nd QM Company. “It was a challenge, but we all had each other’s backs. We had a lot of different experience between us, but the most important thing was we stuck together and finished together as a team.”
Lt. Col. Keith McVeigh, commander of the 553rd CSSB, said this event was an excellent opportunity for his soldiers to take a break from the normal grind of soldiering.
“I’ve participated in similar events in the civilian sector,” said McVeigh. “I thought it would be a great event not only for our soldiers to get away from the daily grind of supporting Fort Hood, but also to build esprit de corps, bond together and do what I call a Gunslinger gut check – a challenge to the soldiers to see if they could push themselves to complete this challenge, both physically and mentally.”
“It’s been said before, ‘Fort Hood could not get out of bed in the morning without the services and support that the 13th ESC, 4th Sustainment Brigade, and subordinate battalions do for this installation,’” continued McVeigh. “It is important to step away from that very important mission and allow the soldiers the opportunity to get out of that environment and get to know each other in a different manner to help build the team as a unit.”
Overall, the soldiers said they enjoyed the event and the challenges inherent in the race.
“It was a lot of fun, a great experience and I would do it again,” said Sgt. Serpio Anthony, the command group driver for 553rd CSSB.