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Soldiers from the US Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District teamed up with the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion to assess their strength and endurance during the Army Combat Readiness Test on August 17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
“It was a team effort to fulfill this requirement and it’s always great to have the opportunity to work alongside our fellow engineer soldiers,” said Col. Damon Delarosa, district commander of the Alaska.
Eleven of the Oscar agency’s officers and NCOs participated in ACFT 3.0 as part of the data collection period of the test. However, unlike their battalion-level counterparts whose mission is focused on combat operations, district soldiers provide public engineering services in peacetime and wartime to strengthen national security, boost the economy and reduce disaster risk. The efforts of this predominantly civilian organization translate into the completion of military construction projects and vital civilian works within the state.
“Working in the district offers our soldiers an opportunity to broaden their military careers, resulting in a leader who can operate in multiple environments,” said Major Virginia Brickner, deputy district commander.
Due to the small number of military personnel in the district split between Anchorage and Fairbanks, soldiers do not participate in organized group physical training activities. Instead, they need to exercise and prepare on their own. It was their first attempt at the new test, which focuses on a better connection between fitness and combat readiness.
“This one doesn’t count towards the record,” said Brickner. “However, it gives us all a baseline for where we are and how we can do better when it matters.”
Based on a better understanding of the science of exercise and physical training, the military has moved from the 40-year-old army fitness test to the army combat fitness test. in October 2019. The new rating system consists of six events that measure a soldier’s performance in high-intensity, interval-based activities.
Right now, the military is monitoring test results, collecting data, and building on lessons learned. This information will be used to make changes before formally implementing the full program which is currently slated for 2022.
With the song “Eye of the Tiger” blaring over the speakers for added motivation at the start of the test, the soldiers determined their preferred deadlift weight between the maximum of 340 pounds and the minimum of 140 pounds.
“I chose to lift 160 pounds for this event, although I can lift more.” said Major Kathryn Hermon, project manager. “As this is my first time competing in all six events together, I didn’t want to overwork myself. My goal for today’s test is to make sure I can pass all six tests.
After everyone had passed the first event at their selected weight, the engineers switched to the standing power throw. In this activity, soldiers must throw a 10-pound medicine ball backwards at least 4 1/2 meters to test their explosive movements, balance and flexibility. From there, service members proceeded to the test station for the manual release pumps. In the event, soldiers are required to do between 10 and 60 repetitions in a two-minute window.
“I haven’t seen anyone max this one yet,” said Master Sgt. Isaac Branson, who administered the test on behalf of the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion.
Major John Hammett, Project Engineer in the Alaska District, scored top marks at the event with time to spare the praise and congratulations from his teammates.
“The CO has really set the standard of fitness in previous events, so I wanted to give this one my all,” Hammett said.
After Project Engineer Captain Justin Dermond responded to the cheers of his teammates to wrap up the push-up event with 58 reps, the group moved on to the next activity – the sprint-drag-carry.
“I love this event the most because although it is difficult it is what tests me the most and I feel accomplished when I finish,” said Brickner.
The test in a series of five 50-yard shuttles that involves a sprint, dragging a 90-pound sled, side-wings, carrying two 40-pound kettlebells, and a final sprint in a three-minute window.
With ease, Delarosa peaked at the event with a clocked time of less than a minute and 33 seconds, while everyone else in the district finished below the three minute mark.
The soldiers then proceeded to the leg fold station, where they attempted to perform one to 20 repetitions. When suspended from a raised bar, individuals should touch their knees to both elbows to demonstrate basic strength.
“This event makes me the most nervous,” Hermon said. “I have done leg folds before, but the amount depends on the day. I am concerned that the previous events will affect my performance.
She passed the test with three folds of her legs and Delarosa also maximized her by performing the required 20 reps. Brickner chose the plank exercise as an alternative. Participants should keep their bodies straight and parallel to the floor, while resting on their toes and elbows for at least two minutes.
“I know I can do a two-minute plank, so I choose to do it and focus on honing other areas of the test while training,” said Brickner.
As she approached the required standard of two minutes and nine seconds, her fellow soldiers encouraged her to continue with shouts of encouragement.
The test ended with participants posting a time of less than 21 minutes in a two-mile run that measures aerobic endurance. The race was delayed for a few minutes because the soldier, at the one mile turn, had to safely chase a moose off the course.
“I love racing because it’s so familiar to me,” said Brickner. “In my 20 year career, I always had to finish the two mile race and know what to expect.”
Dermond, with Delarosa on his heels, crossed the finish line first with a time just above the best possible score of 13 1/2 minutes.
“The weather was optimal for the test that day and the faster you run the faster it’s over,” said Dermond.
After each soldier completed the assessment, they returned to battalion headquarters, where Delarosa presented the commander’s exhibits to the three non-commissioned officers who administered the test.
“At the end of the day, we are all soldiers, and we cannot thank our fellow engineers enough for helping us accomplish the mission and perform the test,” said Delarosa.
|Date posted:||09.01.2021 19:43|
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