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Schriever members complete challenge

Participants march to the top of the final hill during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 35 Team Schriever members participated in the grueling, five-hour event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Participants march to the top of the final hill during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 35 Team Schriever members participated in the grueling, five-hour event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Participants hang on a pull-up bar during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. The TCC combined team-building exercises with a traditional ruck to push participant’s limits and help them learn to work as a single unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Participants hang on a pull-up bar during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. The TCC combined team-building exercises with a traditional ruck to push participant’s limits and help them learn to work as a single unit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Event leader Jacob Ingram watches as Alexander Nastas, Alex Reza and Brady Warren carry a “wounded hostage” from a smoke-filled building during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. One of the scenarios participants faced required them to rescue the “hostages” and carry them to the extraction point within a certain time limit. If the time expired, the extraction point moved farther away. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Event leader Jacob Ingram watches as Alexander Nastas, Alex Reza and Brady Warren carry a “wounded hostage” from a smoke-filled building during the Team Cohesion Challenge at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. One of the scenarios participants faced required them to rescue the “hostages” and carry them to the extraction point within a certain time limit. If the time expired, the extraction point moved farther away. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Ruck sacks sit at Team Cohesion Challenge participants’ feet just before the event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. Participants carried the rucks about 10 miles during the event, all while completing team building challenges throughout the course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Ruck sacks sit at Team Cohesion Challenge participants’ feet just before the event at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. Participants carried the rucks about 10 miles during the event, all while completing team building challenges throughout the course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants carry “wounded hostages” to the extraction point at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, during the TCC Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 35 Team Schriever members participated in the team-building event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants carry “wounded hostages” to the extraction point at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, during the TCC Friday, May 5, 2017. More than 35 Team Schriever members participated in the team-building event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Participants crest a hill at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, during the Team Cohesion Challenge Friday, May 5, 2017. The TCC put participants through a series of challenges designed to test their mental and physical endurance and teach the importance of working together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Participants crest a hill at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, during the Team Cohesion Challenge Friday, May 5, 2017. The TCC put participants through a series of challenges designed to test their mental and physical endurance and teach the importance of working together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants carry “wounded” team members during the TCC at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. Participants navigated several scenarios during the 10-mile march, all designed to challenge them mentally and physically while teaching team-building skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants carry “wounded” team members during the TCC at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. Participants navigated several scenarios during the 10-mile march, all designed to challenge them mentally and physically while teaching team-building skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants tow “disabled” vehicles during the TCC at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. The vehicle tow was one of several team-building challenges participants completed during the five-hour event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Cohesion Challenge participants tow “disabled” vehicles during the TCC at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, May 5, 2017. The vehicle tow was one of several team-building challenges participants completed during the five-hour event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

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.”

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