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Middle school students learn the engineering of their school Middle school students learn the engineering of their school
The 555th Engineer Brigade held its second session with students from the Pioneer Middle School in DuPont, Washington, April 17. The day’s topic was an engineering...
610th ESC conducts Ghost Rider Stakes 610th ESC conducts Ghost Rider Stakes
Gunfire and mortars echoed, as Soldiers from 610th Engineer Support Company (ESC) conduct the company’s inaugural Ghost Rider Stakes April 16, 2015.
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The 555th Engineer Brigade, Triple Nickel, arrived at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, Jan. 27 to participate in Warfighter 15-03, a two-week exercise. Warfighter exercises...
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Recent Publications

Triple Nickel Tribune - 07.21.2015
Triple Nickel Tribune - 07.21.2015
Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of the 555th Engineer Brigade offical newsletter
Triple Nickel Tribune - 05.01.2015
Triple Nickel Tribune - 05.01.2015
Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of the 555th Engineer Brigades official newsletter.
Triple Nickel Tribune - 01.22.2015
Triple Nickel Tribune - 01.22.2015
Welcome to the latest issue of the 555th Engineer Brigade's quarterly newsletter
Triple Nickel Tribune - 10.14.2014
Triple Nickel Tribune - 10.14.2014
Official Newsletter of the 555th Engineer Brigade
Triple Nickel Tribune - 05.30.2014
Triple Nickel Tribune - 05.30.2014
Spring 2014 edition of the 555th Engineer Brigade newsletter
Triple Nickel Tribune - 02.25.2014
Triple Nickel Tribune - 02.25.2014
Winter 2014 edition of the 555th Engineer Brigade's official newsletter


Recent Photos

Middle School students learn the engineering of their School Middle School students learn the engineering of their School
Capt. Zachary Abrams explains to the students how the schools HVAC system works and the engineering principles behind it.
610th ESC conducts Ghostrider Stakes 610th ESC conducts Ghostrider Stakes
Spc. White gets ready to throw a grenade toward his target for the weapons station of Ghost Rider Stakes at Outpost 10, JBLM training area.
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Cpt. Jeffery Woerth (Left) and Maj. Rachel Honderd (Right) explain the practical exercise rules to the team leaders during the STEM-ED outreach program's first class....
Engineer brigade integrates Canadian engineers into Warfighter Exercise Engineer brigade integrates Canadian engineers into...
The 555th Engineer Brigade and 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group intelligence soldiers discuss their different capabilities and how to integrate them during the...
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The 571st Sapper Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, conducted live fire demolition training at Yakima Training Center Nov. 18. Soldiers completed multiple ranges...
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610th ESC conducts Ghost Rider Stakes


Story by Capt. Bryan Perrenod

610th ESC conducts Ghost Rider Stakes JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Gunfire and mortars echoed, as Soldiers from 610th Engineer Support Company (ESC) conduct the company’s inaugural Ghost Rider Stakes April 16, 2015.

During the Warrior Skills competition, twelve teams competed to earn the title of best Ghost Rider Stakes Team and Soldier.

Each group consisted of three to four Soldiers, where Team Leaders were able to utilize their skills to lead. The purpose of this competition was to provide Soldiers with a better understanding with their strengths and weaknesses and to build camaraderie among each team.

Prior to the competition, the Soldiers had a quick rundown of what they needed to anticipate at each station.

In order to prepare for Ghost Rider Stakes, each platoon practiced the stations in the company the day before the competition. The company also went through the CS chamber, refreshing Soldiers on how to dawn their protective masks, and a grenade range, certifying Soldiers on grenadier marksmanship to help them at the weapons station.

The competition began at 0500 with the check points and seven different stations being set up, which consisted of CBRN, Medical, Weapons, Maintenance, Tactical Movement and Communications with approximately six miles of travel around OP 10 in the JBLM training area.

The competition started with a PT Test, where Soldiers did two minutes of pushups and situps. Afterward, Soldiers were provided with their points upon completion of the stations, reaching each station using Land Navigation.

During the entire training exercise, the Soldiers wore full combat gear, consisting of IOTV, primary weapon, kneepads, elbow pads, protective mask and assault pack.

“Each team was expected to finish each station in 15-30 minutes,” said Lt. Larraine Palesky, 3rd Platoon, 610th ESC, “by showing their required knowledge and skills to complete each lane.”

According to Spc. Tien Trinh, 610th ESC Horizontal Construction Engineer, his group “delegated every task evenly according to their individual strengths.”

Additionally, Ghost Rider Stakes was developed to help Soldiers understand the importance of training.

Trinh said, “The training was important because it showed Soldiers our strong and weak points, so we can maintain our combat readiness.”

The intent of the Ghost Rider Stakes was to “test Soldiers on their basic Warrior tasks and drills, as well as their engineer level tasks,” according to Palesky.

Each station’s officer in charge and noncommissioned officer in charge were tasked to build their own obstacle using their assigned Warrior skill.

The competition provided the Soldiers with a better understanding of their strengths and what they can improve on to be combat ready.

At the end of the day, Spc. Trudgeon demonstrated his skills amongst his fellow Soldiers and earned the best Ghost Rider Stakes Soldier title. His team, with Cpl. Armstrong and Spc. Blocker, worked together and were named the best Ghost Rider Team.

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610th ESC conducts Ghost Rider Stakes