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Two players with American Hockey League's Texas Stars work together to cross an obstacle at the Leaders Reaction Course Oct. 13 at Fort Hood, Texas. The players were trying to figure out the best and fastest way to cross the obstacles.

Sgt. Brandon Banzhaf | Army

Looking to build a little teamwork and camaraderie, members of the Texas Stars, an American Hockey League team, visited the Fort Hood Leaders Reaction Course Oct. 13.

Troopers with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division supported the team’s visit, providing medical and safety support as the players navigated the course.

The players were split into teams and sent off in different directions to tackle a variety of obstacles designed to test their ability to work together.

“We are doing the obstacles to get the guys to communicate,” said Karl Taylor, Texas Stars assistant coach. “We want to accelerate the growth within the team by forcing them into uncomfortable situations.”

He explained that the course served as a way to build a tighter, close-knit group since about half of those who participated are new players.

The team used the course as a team building exercise, the same way many Army units here try to build cohesion and develop their leaders.

“The support has been great,” Taylor said. “The facility is absolutely perfect for what we wanted. We are watching to see who the leaders of the group are.”

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