CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq – Back in the States, the month of April is sexual assault awareness month, and deployed soldiers, airmen and civilians showed their support April 27 by participating in a 5K for Sexual Assault Awareness on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.
Among those participants were soldiers from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command. The route began at the House of Pain gym and circled around the base.
Sgt. Linwood Johnson, a garrison billeting noncommissioned officer with 4th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade and a Richmond, Va., native, finished the run in 21 minutes and 7 seconds.
“The run went well,” he said. “A lot of people came out and we had really nice weather. I think I have a little more in the tank to keep improving for the next one.”
Johnson, who ran with his workout partner, said he works out twice a day. He ran the 5K for fun and as part of his daily workout.
“Back at Fort Hood, I was running 10 miles a day,” he said. “Over here I’ve been running seven miles a day and going to the gym as well.”
Johnson said this is the second 5K event he has participated in since arriving at COB Adder in February and he plans to run in any future races that are planned.
“I’ll admit, I’m a little competitive,” he said. “I’m competing with myself to see how much I can improve my time and competing to see how much I can improve compared to other soldiers.”
The top finishers from each category and age group earned prizes including medals and Army and Air Force Exchange Service gift cards.