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Soldiers ‘go hard’ in Tough Warrior Team Competition Staff Sgt. Jared Crain

Staff Sgt. Brandon Butler, an operations non-commissioned officer assigned to the 10th Special Troops Battalion, rushes to the finish line carrying two 50-pound kettle bells during the Tough Warrior Team Competition May 28 at the Muleskinner Gym on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Butler and teammate, Staff Sgt. Phillip Beaufort, a supply sergeant assigned to the 10th Sustainment Brigade, were crowned the overall victors of the competition.

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan – The 10th Sustainment Brigade hosted a Tough Warrior Team Competition on May 28 at the Muleskinner Gym here. The competition consisted of six two-man teams that competed in seven events.

The teams competed in the body weight bench press and dead lift, pull ups, kettle bell shuttle, three minutes of pushups and situps, and a 25-yard tire flip.

The competition fostered esprit de corps and allowed the competitors to work as a team and demonstrate their physical fitness conditioning.

“The goal of the competition was to give Soldiers a full body workout and encourage them to get out and work on their physical fitness,” said Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Ortiz, a distribution non-commissioned officer in charge assigned with the 10th SBDE.
Muleskinners throughout the brigade came out to support and cheer on the competitors.

“Were very satisfied with the outcome of the event and hope that all the spectators that were there will spread the word about the competition so next month we can have more competitors come out and compete,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Burton, an electronic warfare NCOIC assigned to the 10th SBDE.

In the end, it was Staff Sgt. Brandon Butler, an operations NCO and Staff Sgt. Phillip Beaufort, a supply sergeant, both assigned to the 10th SBDE, that were declared the winners.

“My confidence was real high, Butler and I trained real hard and thought we would win every event in the competition,” said Beaufort.

To prepare for the competition, Beaufort said he started out with doing cardio in the morning, weight training in the afternoon and participating in the Insanity workout at night.

“My advice to anyone who wants to compete in these challenges is to do the basics, eat right, exercise, rest and maximize your time in the gym,” said Beaufort.

The brigade plans on hosting another competition on June 24 with different events.

“This type of competition is great thing and I encourage more people to come out and compete because it helps build confidence and team building,” Beaufort said.


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Date Taken:06.03.2012

Date Posted:06.03.2012 10:11



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