NEWS | July 31, 2019

Senior Leaders Build Camaraderie during Amazing Race

By Sgt. Raquel Villalona

SAGAMIHARA, Japan -- Warriors drenched in sweat and determination conquered the escalating challenges of a grueling obstacle course designed to challenge their physical strength and inner resolve.

The 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade hosted the Amazing Race to test senior noncommissioned officers from units throughout Camp Zama on areas of strength, endurance and knowledge while inspiring esprit de corps at Sagami General Depot, July 30.

The four-kilometer course boasted more than 12 obstacles between competitors and the finish line.

"The Amazing Race not only promoted team work, but also resiliency," said Sgt. 1st Class Willie T. Williams, Yazoo, Mississippi native and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear specialist, I Corps (Forward). "You have to push yourself and give it your best to make sure your team succeeds."

The race provided an opportunity for newly-assigned Soldiers to integrate and network with counterparts in other units.

"I ran the race with the person who is my replacement at work when I leave (Japan) and someone I just met today," said Master Sgt. Richard R. Morris, Washington D.C. native, 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion operations manager. "The challenges forced us to come together and make it happen."

Participants concluded the morning with lectures and group discussions on holistic health and the new six-event Army Combat Fitness Test set to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, October 2020.

"Holding discussions on ways to better train Soldiers and prevent injuries was the perfect way to end the morning because everything we did today was strenuous, but we did it and we did it safely," said 1st Sgt. Joey A. Salas, Dededo, Guam native, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery senior enlisted advisor, 38th ADA Brigade. "Realistic training better prepares our Soldiers to successfully accomplish their daily tasks and enhances their ability to perform their wartime mission."