SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Thirty-eight Team Schriever members completed a grueling Team Cohesion Challenge Friday.
The TCC, a collaborative event sponsored by Recharge for Resiliency, the Single Airman Initiative, and GORUCK (a small, grassroots company selected specifically for its military relevance, small event footprint and focus on group and team dynamics), pushed participants through a combination of calisthenics, time hacks and other team-building challenges. The event challenged each individual’s physical and mental limits, and forced them to find ways to work as a cohesive unit to complete each scenario.
“It was grueling and challenging, but it really brought out our best,” said Ikenna Olelewe. “We had to collaborate and come up with good ideas.”
The challenges played out while participants rucked a nearly 10-mile course, created the day before, carrying both their own personal rucks plus a team weight.
“The Cadre for the event and I talked about possible routes and he asked me what sort of equipment we had that he could use to make the course ‘interesting,’” said Seth Cannello, Schriever Fitness Center director. “I immediately thought about using the tractor tires, heavy logs, and the (functional fitness) worms as well as our TRX station located in front of the indoor running track.”
The first scenario immediately tested the group’s problem solving skills and ability to work as a unit. The participants had to simultaneously lift two logs and have people hang from a pull-up bar, holding both for a full minute.
“There was some confusion when we first started. We couldn’t quite get together,” Olelewe said. “From that point though, we put our best foot forward.”
The group then rucked to the Schriever Fire Department training area, where they had to rescue “victims” from the training tower and carry them on stretchers to an extraction point. Since the scenario included a time hack, if the group didn’t reach the extraction point within the time limit, it was moved farther down the course.
The final team challenges included dragging tractor tires, carrying the functional fitness worms and towing the fitness center’s utility vehicles before reacquiring the “victims” for the final push to the finish line.
“I thought the event was highly successful and I was very pleased with the number of participants we had,” Cannello said. “Most of the participants I spoke with said the event was very difficult but they all told me it was a great experience and wanted to try something similar in the future.”
“It sucked,” Olelewe laughed. “But I enjoyed it.”