A hand stretches ahead again and again, shoving mud past as an Airman pushes his body across the pit, sharp barbed wire catching on his backpack. As exhaustion begins to set in, the sound of the rest of the team pushes him to crawl faster, hoping he is almost through the obstacle.
Cheering loudly for their teams, the 435th Contingency Response Group came together to participate in its first 435 CRG Olympics May 5 on Ramstein.
The 435th Air Mobility Squadron, 435th Construction and Training Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron, and Detachment 1 each planned an event to challenge the teams to not only compete, but to share with one another what each squadron does every day.
“Each squadron came up with an event, giving each of the other competing squadrons the opportunity to learn what the others do and how they do it,” said Col. Patrick Daley, 435 CRG commander.
An obstacle course, Kaiser Sled, and a pallet build were among six events held during the 435 CRG Olympics. At the end of the day it was a team from the 435 CTS who took first place.
“The 435 CRG Olympics was a great event that helped to build morale, good camaraderie, and provide training for Airmen across the group,” Daley said.
The 435 CRG is U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s only expeditionary “open-the-base” force that provides a cross-functional and rapidly deployable force designed to assess and open airbases and perform initial airfield operations.
“We are spread all over the continent so the event was a great opportunity to bring everyone together to showcase sportsmanship with some healthy competition, too,” said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Shone, 435 SFS operations superintendent.
The 435 CRG Airmen provide expeditionary airfield ops, combat support and training, flyaway security training, construction, and mobile aircraft arresting system support, enabling rapid stand-up of combat operations anywhere in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility.
The 435 CRG Olympics provided an opportunity to practice all of their operations in a unique and friendly competition. Every Airman left the field with a new appreciation for how their group accomplishes the mission.