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Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet the 90th SFG Global Strike Challenge team

by Senior Airman Jason Wiese
90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

9/19/2014 - F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- At this year's Global Strike Challenge, defenders from the 90th Security Forces Group are poised to take on their counterparts from across 20th Air Force.

"Global Strike Challenge is all the bases under [Air Force] Global Strike Command competing in their specific career field," said Senior Airman Colton Schoenegge, 90th Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force and 2014 90th SFG GSC team member. "So, [security forces are] going to be competing in different categories that relate to our job."

The defenders will be evaluated in their use of weapons, manipulating weapons, traversing an obstacle course, displaying tactics and demonstrating land navigation skills.

"It's a test for yourself, a test for your team," said Senior Airman Gerald Brown, 2014 90th SFG GSC team member from the 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron. "It brings up team morale and the competitive spirit."

Preparing for the challenge puts the competitors in a different mindset and keeps them from getting complacent, said Senior Airman Richard Purrier, 90th Security Forces Group Tactical Response Force and 2014 90th SFG GSC team member.

"My favorite part of the competition -- easily -- is getting to go out and do a lot more PT than usual, getting some more time to train with tactics, more shooting time -- all the stuff you sign up to do in the military, I'm getting to do that every day," Brown said.

With all eyes on them, the competitors realize the importance of the GSC.

"GSC is important because each base is able to broadcast their abilities and how good they are at what they do every day," Schoenegge said.

The GSC shows everyone that Mighty Ninety Airmen are highly motivated to do their jobs -- that they do their best to support nuclear deterrence, Purrier said.

A lot of time and effort goes into training for the challenge, Schoenegge said.

"We're very prepared," he said. "We've been doing [physical training] twice a day, and we've also been doing some training in between.

"For the other teams, I just hope they're ready."

Team members

2nd Lt. Jeffery Davis, 90th MSFS

Staff Sgt. Lance Bollenberg, 90th MSFS

Senior Airman Gerald Brown, 790th MSFS

Senior Airman Richard Purrier, 90th SFG TRF

Senior Airman Colton Schoenegge, 90th SFG TRF

Airman Riley Borges, 790th MSFS

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