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.”