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Soldiers from sections throughout Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade “Dealers,” 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, work together to curl a log as many times as they can within a specified time during the Dealer’s Challenge.

Staff Sgt. Johnathan Hoover

The Headquarters and Headquarters Company Brigade “Dealers,” 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, held it’s third Dealer’s Challenge on Sept. 30.

“The purpose of this event was to build esprit de corps and team building within the company,”said 1st Sgt. Jesus Pena, unit first sergeant.

The soldiers were teamed up in five teams from all sections of the brigade staff to compete in basic events such as first aid, a nine-line medical evacuation, establish an M2 .50 caliber machine gun position, range card, pushing a tactical vehicle, team push-ups, log curl — and all of it with a physical twist.

Pena said the small competitive lanes are challenging and physical and will be held monthly on the last Friday to improve communication and teamwork throughout the brigade staff.

“Sometimes we get so caught up with our own section’s operation that we forget we are part of a greater company,” said Pena. “Each event, we will try to change the teams designed from sections internal or like today’s event, we selected personnel at random to have them work with personnel they don’t normally work with.”

Pena said, “This also strengthens the makeup of my company; the relationships they build during these events will carry them when times get tough or when we really get busy — like going to the field, a National Training Center rotation (or) whatever mission our brigade receives.”

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