Resiliency challenge

Spc. Jacob Flowers, a soldier with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, completed more than 220 sit-ups while competing in his battalion’s unit ministry team resiliency challenge at Fort Hood’s Applied Fitness Center on July 23. The challenge was designed to test soldier's physical and mental resilience.

U.S. Army/Sgt. Garett Hernandez

Leaders of resiliency within any unit is the unit ministry team. The team helps soldiers bounce back from a situation and help prepares them to be able to bounce back.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, competed in a resiliency challenge hosted by the unit ministry team July 23. The soldiers competed as teams, with one team representing each of the battalion’s four batteries.

“This event was a way for our (ministry team) to reach out to soldiers and promote the concept of resiliency in all areas of life,” said Capt. Jonathan Porter, the battalion chaplain.

Ruck march, gym challenge

The challenge started off on a warm summer’s morning, with a four-mile ruck march down a tank trail that parallels Turkey Run Road.

The competition then moved to the gym where the soldiers continued to push themselves.

At the Applied Fitness Center the competitors moved on to bench-presses, where the soldiers had to lift 75 percent of their body weight as many times as possible before moving on to sit-ups.

The sit-up portion saw three soldiers complete more than 200 sit-ups each.

“The physical competition provided an example of pushing yourself and not giving up, and working together as a team,” Porter said.

The competition’s final challenge tested the soldiers biblical knowledge.

At the end of the test, a winner was named, Alpha Battery took home the top prize — a streamer for their battery guidon.

“I’m proud of my guys and I’m proud that the Alpha Assassins are leading the way,” said 2nd Lt. Ruston Thompson, platoon leader for Alpha’s 2nd platoon.

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