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    Thunder Soldiers participate in the Army Heritage 10K ruck march



    Story by Staff Sgt. Felix Mena 

    210th Field Artillery Brigade

    CAMP CASEY, Republic of Korea – Soldiers from the 210 Field Artillery Brigade, 2d Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division took part in the Army Heritage 10k Ruck March put on by the 210 FAB Equal Opportunity Office on June 25, 2022.

    182 Soldiers from across the Thunder Brigade stepped-off from the Carey Gym parking lot at 0800 for the demanding 10k route, taking participants around Camp Casey and Camp Hovey as well as through the scenic hills located off-post, to the East of Camp Hovey. Teams of Soldiers were split into four divisions: Men, Women, Men’s Team, and Mixed Team.

    “I’d have to say this ruck march was one of the most strenuous events I’ve ever participated in,” said Private First Class Kiernan Armitage, who finished third place in the men’s division. “Participating in and event like this help me grasp how far I was willing to push myself."

    The ruck march honors Army Heritage Month which ties into the Army's 247th Birthday on June 14, 2022. The Army originally consisted of volunteer soldiers with roots to the Continental Army and was formed to fight the Revolutionary War. Today, as the largest branch of the U.S. Military, the proud men and women of the U.S. Army continue to provide peace and security while working alongside our allies on the peninsula .

    "The event was successful in paying homage to our Army heritage and our involvement in the Korean War." said Sgt. First Class Joseph Houde, the 210 FAB Equal Opportunity Advisor and organizer of the event. "It was great to see that every single one of the 182 participants finished the event!"

    The event concluded with an awards ceremony held inside the Carey Gym. Medals were presented by SFC Houde for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the four divisions.

    Here are the final results with their final time in parenthesis:

    Women’s Division

    1st Place – HHB 1-38 FAR, 1LT Caternor, Nako (1:25:25)

    2nd Place – 70 BSB, 2LT Navarez, Ann Marie (1:32:25)

    3rd Place – C Det 176 FMSU, SPC Ortiz, Valenting (1:42:27)

    Men’s Division

    1st Place – HHC USAG, CPT White, Brandon (1:00:16)

    2nd Place – 61 MCAS, 2LT Pelaez, Alberto (1:01:54)

    3rd Place – 579 FSC, 210 FAB, PFC Armitage, Kieran (1:02:12)

    Men’s Team Division

    1st place – A 2-18 FAR, 210 FAB (1:29:23)

    2nd Place – A 6-37 FAR, 210 FAB (1:31:45)

    3rd Place – 604 AOS (1:36:25)

    Mix Team Division

    1st Place – HHB 210 FAB (1:32:36)

    2nd Place – 1 BTRY 2-3 FAR (1:33:17)

    3rd Place – C 194 DSSB (1:33:51)



    Date Taken: 06.25.2022
    Date Posted: 07.05.2022 01:28
    Story ID: 424002
    Location: DONGDUCHEON, 41, KR 

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