Soldiers Compete in Timberwolf Challenge

10/23/2017   By Maj. Michelle Lunato 98th Training Division (IET), Public Affairs Officer
 

Over 90 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from 4/518th Training Support Company, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET), competed in the Timberwolf Challenge in May at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

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Army Reserve Soldiers from 4/518th Training Support Company, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET), quickly assemble a map of the United States while wearing their protective masks. The timed event was part of the Timberwolf Challenge in May 2017 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and was part of a realignment ceremony that moved the Soldiers from being in the 104th Training Division to the 98th Training Division. U.S. Army Reserve courtesy photo /released

The three and a half day competition/training event was a way to say farewell to one division while welcoming another. Due to the U.S. Army Reserve’s realignment and restructure, units under the 108th Training Command’s control adjusted their ranks. This meant the 4/518th TSC Soldiers left the 104th Training Division to become part of the 98th Training Division (IET). Thus, trading in their Timberwolf patches for the Iroquois patch.

Soldiers from 4/518th Training Support Company, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET) competed in the Timberwolf Challenge in May 2017 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. The three and a half day challenge included a series of Warrior tasks and qualifications and was part of a realignment ceremony that moved the Soldiers from being in the 104th Training Division to the 98th Training Division. The winners of the challenge were Spc. Kewundria Smith, Spc. Sharesha Money, Staff Sgt. Keith Trudell, Staff Sgt. Latoya Benton, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Robinson III (Platoon Sergeant), Staff Sgt. Vanqualis Battles, Sgt. Leimomi Haines, and Spc. Joseph Davis.

U.S. Army Reserve courtesy photo /released

During the extended weekend, the Army Reserve Soldiers dusted off their field gear and set out for the tents to experience the most authentic training.

At the M16 and M9 ranges, the Timberwolves demonstrated their ability with a qualification rate of 99 percent.

After that, the Soldiers conducted a round-robin of Warrior tasks to their test knowledge, memory and expertise. The stations in the series included: reading maps, evaluating causalities, conducting preventive maintenance, participating in physical challenges, creating various reports, and entering/clearing a room.

When all the tasks were complete, only one six-Soldier team could win the challenge. Those winning Soldiers were Spc. Kewundria Smith, Spc. Sharesha Money, Staff Sgt. Keith Trudell, Staff Sgt. Latoya Benton, Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Robinson III (Platoon Sergeant), Staff Sgt. Vanqualis Battles, Sgt. Leimomi Haines, and Spc. Joseph Davis.

Though those Soldiers won the last Timberwolf Challenge, the rest benefited from the weekend. Not only did they all receive some valuable training and fun, but they all received a new patch and home: Welcome to the Iroquois family!

Army Reserve Soldiers from 4/518th Training Support Company, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET), knock out situps and pushups during a physical challenge as part of the Timberwolf Challenge in May 2017 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and was part of a realignment ceremony that moved the Soldiers from being in the 104th Training Division to the 98th Training Division. The physical challenge was a 20-minute event where each Soldier on a team had to do as many situps and pushups as they could before their teammate could start. U.S. Army Reserve courtesy photo /released

0274: Army Reserve Soldiers from 4/518th Training Support Company, 1st Brigade, 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), 108th Training Command (IET), carry a simulated casualty while providing security. The tested event was part of the Timberwolf Challenge in May 2017 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama and was part of a realignment ceremony that moved the Soldiers from being in the 104th Training Division to the 98th Training Division. U.S. Army Reserve courtesy photo /released

 

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