Division Soldiers battle harsh conditions during Mountain Winter ChallengeFebruary 7, 2014
By Staff Sgt. Joel Pena
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Amidst extremely cold weather, 27 three-man teams from across the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and Fort Drum, N.Y., met early in the morning at Range 1 last week to compete in this year's Mountain Winter Challenge.
The Mountain Winter Challenge is the first in a series of four seasonal events the division conducts throughout the year to promote esprit de corps and to recognize the division's finest Winter Warfare Team.
The event, which took place Jan. 28-30, not only pitted teams against each other, but also against "Old Man Winter," with temperatures as low as 16 degrees below zero with wind chill factor.
"This event is really about the lineage and history of the division; the skills that made those Soldiers successful, and how we continue to challenge our Soldiers today to maintain those skills," said Maj. Lucas Connolly, one of the event organizers, who serves with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
The course competition consisted of a snowshoe event, sled pull, marksmanship, cross-country skiing and a mystery challenge.
The snowshoe event required competitors to negotiate a wood-ed trail course while carrying their designated weapons and hydration system....
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