Lt. Col. Mike Labrecque (3rd from left), the commander of the 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, and his team row to shore after completing the Helocast portion of a Mungadai July 22, 2016 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Mungadai tested Thunderbolt leaders during 17 events spread across 11 hours of competition. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Pete Mrvos, 17th Field Artillery Brigade Public Affairs)
Taken: 07.22.2016 | Photo by Capt. Peter Mrvos
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – For more than 11 hours, leaders of the 308th Brigade Support Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Brigade found themselves faced with daunting physical and mental tests before jumping out of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter July 22 during a Mungadai here. The Mungadai draws its name from some of Genghis Khan’s most elite soldiers and evolved to give modern-day warriors a chance to build resiliency and develop agile and adaptive leaders. “I wanted to go out and challenge our leaders mentally and physically, test their resolve and, most importantly, give them the opportunity to show themselves they have what it takes. The events weren’t easy and they certainly rose to the challenge,” said Lt. Col....
07.22.2016 | JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA, US | Story by Capt. Peter Mrvos