Ruck Endurance Challenge at Keesler Air Force Base


Service members at Keesler Air Force competed against each other earlier today to test their skills and endurance.

Endurance, agility, teamwork: military service members put those traits on display during the second-ever Defenders Ruck Challenge and Obstacle Course at Keesler Air Force Base. Participants had to achieve certain objectives with their teams on a set course.

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One of the key components of today’s challenge was the ammo can carry. Staff Sgt. Jasmine Castaneda said, “It consists of two laps around. You come back in, you do some team endurance, and then you ammo carry across the way, do a tire flip down the track, come over, and do some pull-ups, jumping squats, and then another two laps for finish.”

Eleven teams and approximately 60 airmen and Marines from across the base participated in the event, hosted by the 81st Security Forces Squadron. Staff Sgt. Jasmine Castaneda says the different obstacles and team events make the event a tough one. “People tend to underestimate certain obstacle courses because there isn’t a lot of ups and downs, but when you have to bring multiple people in with you, make sure they’re with you the entire way for a full 20 minutes, it gets a little difficult because some people get more fatigued quicker than the others. You gotta make sure you keep your team together.”

For some, like Airman Basic Charles Davidson, one particular part of the event is tougher than the others. “The tire flip. It’s a lot of weight. It goes on the plane so you know it’s heavy. So, that’s all I’m worried about. You know, other than that, I’m just focused on getting it done.”

The concept of teamwork is what pushed the contestants across the finish line and made the event a memorable one. “Without teamwork, you can’t really get anything accomplished. Teamwork gets everything done.”