Getting in shape for volleyball?

Maj. Mark McEvers ND National Guard
SFC Dennis Manning from Recruiting and Retention and SSG Gowen from the 191st Military Police Company assist students from the Lake Region State College through the rappel tower on August 17 at the Camp Grafton Training Center.

LRSC athletes, residence assistants have unique conditioning, team building experience at Camp Gilbert C. Grafton.

On August 17, a week prior to the start of Lake Region State College (LRSC) opening its doors for courses to begin, the North Dakota Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion fulfilled a request to provide a military-driven event which incorporated a team building exercise that would build camaraderie for the resident assistants and the volleyball team at LRSC.

SGT Joshua Bracken contacted the 136th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) and Camp Grafton Training Center (CGTC) to reserve and facilitate the Leadership Reaction Course. The Leadership Reaction Course (LRC) is designed to test the leadership ability of getting team members through a series of obstacles.

By 5 p.m., on a perfect late summer afternoon, the resident assistants and volleyball team members ran through all six obstacles of the Leadership Reaction Course and as an added bonus could rappel down the 40-foot tower on Camp Grafton Training Center, gaining a better understanding of themselves working together as a team and perhaps conquering their fear of heights. This event provided a unique opportunity to showcase some of the amazing training sites provided at Camp Grafton Training Center and allowed students from the area to ask questions of the recruiters and soldiers from the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Each obstacle had an objective for the team to meet, for example the objective of the wall and chains is for the team to get themselves and a gurney or litter up over the wall and across the chains without touching the ground between the near side of the wall and the far side of the chains.

The team members may touch only the wall and white portion of the chains.