FORT LEE, Va. (June 2, 2016) -- Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Combined Arms Support Command, hosted its first Iron Sustainer competition May 25 to provide Soldiers an opportunity to test their warrior skills and teamwork abilities.
The competition pitted five squad-level teams against the clock and each other in a 12-mile, challenge-filled course.
“This company challenge is designed to defeat complacency and champion readiness through a rigorous warrior-task driven competition,” said Capt. Emille K. Prosko, HHC commander. “The event is designed to build morale, esprit de corps and foster a competitive fighting spirit among the Soldiers.”
The competition kicked off around 6 a.m. as teams were transported to a field adjacent to CASCOM headquarters by UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. They then started off on a 12-mile rucksack march that traveled throughout the installation and the Petersburg National Battlefield. Scattered through the march were various events challenging the teams’ knowledge of warrior tasks and logistics skills.
Some of the tasks included blind weapons assembly, basic radio operation, medical evacuation, a resupply mission and a final mystery event as teams arrived back at CASCOM headquarters.
Once the dust settled, only one team would be crowned the Iron Sustainers. The title went to Team 1, consisting of Master Sgt. Jessie Walters, Sgt. 1st Class Montrell Walker, Sgt. 1st Class Hyrum Haworth, Staff Sgt. Trieu Pham and Staff Sgt. Rayshun Mitchell. They finished the competition with an overall score of 72 and completed the course in three hours and 36 minutes.