Category Archives: Physical Training

82nd Best Medic Competition Tests Knowledge, Fortitude

   

Spc. Edgar Cortes assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division provides medical aid to a notional casualty during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 26, 2018. The medical lanes help simulate the stress of combat and prepare our Medics to save their fellow Paratroopers. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

     Two paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division distinguished themselves above their peers during a grueling competition on Fort Bragg held July 25-26.

     Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment and Sgt. Tyler Fisher, a Medic assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment proved their exceptional medical knowledge while demonstrating steadfast endurance during the two day competition.

      “Best Medic is important because it tests out the Medics’ competency and their physical and mental toughness,” said Sgt. 1st Class Evelyn Pollard, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s senior medic, about the competition.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division climbs over an obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Participants began the competition in the early morning with a Ranger Physical Fitness Test before moving onto a written evaluation and marksmanship ranges.  Designed to determine the division’s top two medics, events continued to stress the paratroopers’ technical knowledge and mental and physical endurance with an obstacle course, night land-navigation, a 12-mile ruck and a rope-rigging evaluation. 

     With little rest and nutrition, paratroopers’ completed a final evaluation consisting of lanes testing their ability to respond to a wide range of simulated medical emergencies.

Spc. Aaron Tolson assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division navigates under a wired obstacle during the Best Medic Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

      Spc. Edgar Cortes, a member of Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, was the youngest medic competing, having earned his Expert Field Medical Badge earlier this year. 

     “I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Cortes before beginning the competition. “I came here for the experience and realistic training.”

     Matias and Tyler will continue to train to compete in the Army-wide Command Sgt. Maj. Jack L. Clark Jr. competition, scheduled to begin September 15 on Camp Bullis, Texas.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Matias, Spc. Edgar Cortes and Spc. Aaron Tolson, paratroopers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, competed in the Best Medic competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., July 25-26th, 2018. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. John Lytle)

 

Cobalt Paratroopers Challenge Bodies and Minds

Paratroopers from the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion challenged their minds and bodies during a battalion physical training event on Fort Bragg’s Pike Field on June 12th.

Numerous stations during the event tested the Cobalt Paratrooper’s physical strength and endurance while others hosted by the Fort Bragg R2 Performance Center tested their mental agility.

Fun, Fitness and Camaraderie

82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team and their families recently celebrated the coming summer season with competition, sweat and fellowship.

A paratrooper assigned to 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment competes in an individual functional fitness competition during the battalion’s Functional Fitness Family Day on Friday, June 2. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team battalion partnered with Corvias Foundation to give the battalion’s paratroopers and families the chance to test their physical strength and endurance while enjoying a cookout and opportunity to fellowship.

Paratroopers and families of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment participated in a Functional Fitness Family Day on Friday, June 2 on Fort Bragg to kick off the summer season.

“Our sincere desire is to strengthen our internal and external relationships across the 2Panther Force and increase the morale and welfare of our team,” said Lt. Col. Graham White, the 2-505 PIR Commander. “We also want to leave a lasting and positive impact on our families, particularly our children whom we hope to motivate to adopt healthy and active lifestyles while developing an appreciation for our nation’s many freedoms.”

Paratroopers and family members attending the event participated in numerous family functional fitness events including a couples and individual competitions, a children’s competition and a family fun-run.

Paratroopers and family members of 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment begin a fun-run during the battalion’s Functional Fitness Family Day on Friday, June 2. The battalion partnered with Corvias Foundation for a day filled with events testing the physical endurance of the paratroopers and family members while giving them the opportunity to cool-off and fellowship later with a cook-out, dunk tank and slip n’ slide.

For the family-focused event, the battalion partnered with Corvias Foundation.

“Corvias Foundation is proud to support this Functional Fitness Family Day and the long-term health and wellness of the military members in the 2-505th PIR,” shared John G. Picerne, Founder of Corvias and Corvias Foundation. “We were honored to step in to help this special event.”

After the fitness events, a dunk-tank offered attendees the chance to soak of the battalion’s command group, a slip n’slide was available for everyone else to cool off and a cook-off gave everyone the chance to refuel and fellowship. Ending the event was a ceremony where each of the battalion’s companies unveiled their new emblem and an awards ceremony recognized excellence and achievement within the ranks.

“This event is all about fun, fitness and camaraderie,” said White. “Through events like these, I want to strengthen not only the physical endurance of our paratroopers and families, but also the relationship they have with each other and their resiliency to challenges and adversity.”