Ramstein resilience day: Mudless Mudder tests teamwork

by Airman 1st Class Savannah L. Waters
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Tooth Slothy, a team of 86th Dental Squadron Airmen, cheer on opposing teams during the annual Mudless Mudder July 21 on Ramstein. The 5-kilometer race brought members from all over the 86th Airlift Wing to promote camaraderie and build resilience. — Photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer

The 86th Airlift Wing hosted the fourth annual Mudless Mudder for resilience day July 21 on Ramstein.

The 87 teams who participated in this year’s Mudless Mudder ran, jumped, climbed, rolled, low-crawled, and swam through the five-kilometer obstacle course.

“The Mudless Mudder provided multiple levels of team building that helped to strengthen community connectedness and teamwork within the workplace,” said Jan Devitt, 86th Airlift Wing community support coordinator.

As one of two of the Air Force’s required resilience training days, competitive and non-competitive Airmen tackled 16 obstacles made to test their wingmanship during the event.

“This was a great opportunity to practice resilience in a hands-on approach instead of sitting through a day of Power-Point slides,” said Master Sgt. Casey Woods, 1st Air and Space Communications Operations Squadron first sergeant and Mudless Mudder volunteer coordinator. “It benefits the Airmen in a way that is practical instead of trying to use resilience to keep their eyes open during briefings.”

The 786th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians won the first place trophy, completing the race under 27 minutes.

Mudless Mudder volunteers helped participants through their efforts and exceptional resilience, 47 stationed throughout the obstacle observing safety, road guarding, and manning water stations.

“This year we had less than half of the volunteers as we had last year, and because of their efforts we were still able to pull off one of the biggest base-wide events on Ramstein, in both area and number of people,” Woods said. 

Resilience days are meant to have service members come together and work as a team in the face of obstacles, whether it’s getting each team member over a wall or resolving work-related obstacles.

“We are a people business and our goal is all about taking care of Airmen and families,” Devitt said. “I’ve enjoyed the last four Mudders, and appreciate the support the community gave in order to make this happen. Watching the Airmen having fun outside and bonding really made all the coordination and preparation for the event worth it.”

Staff Sgt. Jordan Hebner and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jessica Slatt, both 86th Dental Squadron dental assistants, share a laugh after falling off a set of monkey bars during the annual Mudless Mudder July 21 on Ramstein. Slatt came to Hebner’s aid to assist her off the obstacle. The Mudless Mudder was the 86 Airlift Wing’s resilience day event, promoting camaraderie amongst Airmen. — Photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer

Tooth Slothy a team of 86th Dental Squadron Airmen, look to the sky after completing an obstacle during the annual Mudless Mudder July 21 on Ramstein. Tooth Slothy chose their team name in honor of their goal to be the slowest team in the race. — Photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer