Raiders dominate during Week of the Warrior competition
Raider Soldiers from across the South Korean peninsula competed in the Week of the Warrior event, April 12 through 16 at Camp Hovey, Casey, and Humphreys.
Week of the Warrior is an annual 2nd Infantry Division, ROK-US event. It allows units across the Division to face off in friendly fields of battle in various sports competitions in order to build esprit de corps, a fight tonight mentality across the Division, as well as a chance to win the Division Commander’s Cup. Hard battles were fought in sports events like tug of war, basketball, as well as 3K and 10Kruns.
“The main purpose of this event is to build cohesion, and to boost the morale of Soldiers but also to test skills and knowledge of them,” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Josh Gatewood, a lead planner assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.
“Events like this could help to show Soldiers’ strengths and weaknesses so that they can plan to become better and a more effective force all around,” he said.
In the weeks prior, the Raider Soldiers took the extra time to properly prepare for their respective events. This meant incorporating additional training in their already intense workout regimens. This was no easy task, but they made sure they did it as a team in true Raider fashion.
“We prepared ourselves for the event by putting cardio activities into our daily workout routine and also calisthenics,” said 1st Lt. Jason Garrison,10K running team captain from 10th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st ABCT, 3rd ID.
He said his team performed remarkably and he is thankful for his teammates’ valuable effort.
Winning matters in the Raider Brigade, and it is always the goal of all competitive events. However, there are other valuable lessons to learn from this event like camaraderie and teamwork.
“The best part was competing at Camp Humphreys for the championship, and Soldiers from their battalions were out there supporting them which made them more eager to win,” said Capt. Cody Bressette, the 3K running team captain from the 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st ABCT, 3rd ID. “Because of that my team performed incredibly and they did not lose a single round”.
As these Soldiers move on, they will take with them the lessons they have learned through team work, dedication, and perseverance. This event taught them that anything is possible with the support of their fellow Soldiers.