Maintenance company strengthens team, bodies

Story and Photos by 1st Lt WaiWah Ellison
546th Maintenance Company Public Affairs Representative

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq — Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a team-building exercise April 12 here.

“This was a chance for our Soldiers to do something outside the norm for physical training and an opportunity to build camaraderie,” said 1st Sgt. Tony Stephens, a Raleigh, N.C., native with the 546th Maint. Co.

The course consisted of five stations, each involving the movement or use of a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle tire. First, the teams rolled a tire from the starting line to the second station, where they performed 10 squats with the tire. At the next station, the Soldiers flipped the tire end-over-end 100 feet. At station four, each team dragged the tire 100 feet back to station three, before rolling it back to the starting line.

The exercise was an enjoyable way to vary the usual routine of physical training, and it brought the unit closer, said Spc. Jessica Rivera, an orderly room clerk with the 546th Maint. Co. and a South Bend, Ind., native.

“The fact that the Soldiers were able to negotiate the course in minimal time showed me that our Soldiers work together,” Stephens said.

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Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) begin a fitness and team-building exercise by rolling Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle tires April 12 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. WaiWah Ellison)

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Teams of Soldiers with the 546th Maintenance Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) perform squats with Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle tires during a fitness and team-building exercise April 12 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. WaiWah Ellison)

 

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Spc. Sean Case(from left) a special electronic device repairman with the 546th Maintenance Company, 732nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 36th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Tempe, Ariz., native, Joel Demillo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 546th Maint. Co,.and a Wahiawa, Hawaii, native, Spc Evan Rhay, a utilities equipment repairer with the 546th Maint. Co.and a Donald, Ore. native, and Spc. Dale Bellamy, a quartermaster and chemical equipment repairer with the 546th Maint. Co. and a Winnabow, N.C., native, work as a team to flip a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle tire end-over-end to the finish line during a fitness and team-building exercise April 12 at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. WaiWah Ellison)