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Soldiers compete in logistics challenge

Soldiers competed in a logistics training exercise. (Source KSWO) Soldiers competed in a logistics training exercise. (Source KSWO)
The winning teams get a day off, a trophy or a ribbon and bragging rights. (Source KSWO) The winning teams get a day off, a trophy or a ribbon and bragging rights. (Source KSWO)
The competition doubles as a way to keep their skills tack sharp. (Source KSWO) The competition doubles as a way to keep their skills tack sharp. (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) -Soldiers with the 100th Brigade Support Battalion took part in a logistics challenge at Fort Sill Wednesday.

The soldiers were split into 10 teams made up of six members each. During Wednesday's timed-event challenge, the teams had to look for problems with the Humvees they work with on a daily basis, such as how to get a stuck vehicle freed.

Most of the soldiers in the unit are mechanics and truck drivers, and organizers say the challenge was a way to keep them at the top of their game.

Sergeant Nicole Cerqueira says she did it not only because it builds a closer bond with her peers, but for bragging rights. Her team was faced with finding a loose bolt on one of their truck’s wheels, and then replacing it. Sergeant Cerqueira says although she was outnumbered by men, this challenge is something she's good at.

"I was really fast. They couldn't catch up to me," she said.

Sergeant Cerqueira drives trucks for the Army and says she does this type of exercise at least once a week. She says in order for her team to fix the loose bolts, they had to take off the tire and then replace the loose bolts in less than 30 minutes.

"I use encouraging words. I don't yell at them, well I yell at them in a good way. You know, just to give them encouraging words to pick up their boost and they'll be good," Cerqueira said.

Cerqueira says this motivation can serve as an added benefit in time of war.

"I mean, it gets you prepared physically, sometimes mentally you have to think quick, be on your toes. You don't know what to expect," she said.

She says all the physical and mental toughness the soldiers develop during these challenges is something she hopes will pay off should she or any of her peers find themselves in a bind.

"Hopefully you have somebody who knows next to you, because it's going to be a bad day," she said.

The teams also took part in a pullup challenge, a tire pull challenge and even pushing a Humvee.

Last year, Sgt. Cerqueira's team finished fifth in the competition. She says their performance in Wednesday's challenge should help her team finish higher.

Thursday is the last day of the competition. Teams that finish in the top three will take home gifts including a day off work, a trophy or a ribbon. 

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