High-quality steaks and hamburgers werenâ€™t involved in the Prime BEEF Challenge April 26 at Luke Air Force Base. Instead, nine teams of 10 Airmen from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron faced a series of obstacles involving mud, protective gear, fire hoses, balance beams, sand bags and more.
From fire and emergency services to power production, Prime Base Expeditionary Emergency Force, also known as Prime BEEF, involve every aspect of the civil engineer career field, according to Senior Master Sgt. William Hight, 56th CES Operations Flight superintendent.
â€œThese monthly challenges are instrumental in building and reinforcing our squadronâ€™s wartime skills,â€ Hight said. â€œThey solidify the importance of fitness and exercise. They are also huge team building events for individual sections and bring the entire squadron closer together.â€
Airman 1st Class Emilio Cardenas, 56th CES electrical apprentice, who is new to Luke, said he enjoyed participating in his second Prime BEEF challenge here.
â€œAlthough my team didnâ€™t win, we still had a lot of fun and learned a lot about sections we donâ€™t work in,â€ he said. â€œThe obstacles were mentally and physically challenging. My favorite part was low-crawling through the mud.â€
Although most of the teams finished in about an hour, Hight said the explosive ordnance disposal team won the challenge with a time of 45 minutes and 30 seconds.
â€œThe morale boost and excitement from the dayâ€™s events was very evident,â€ he said. â€œEveryone had a blast.â€
Prime BEEF Challenge order of events:Â
Traverse over six barriers
Correctly identify unexploded ordnances
300-yard telephone pole carry
Team movement over barriers and water hazard with low-crawl
M-4 and M-9 weapons rebuild
Build two defensive fighting positions with 100 sand bags
Walk across balance beam in protective gear
Answer five job-related questions
Deploy and redeploy a fire hose and sledge-hammer event
Cross-country walk on 2×6 planks
Mud hill and water obstacle low-crawl
SALUTE (size, activity, location, unit, time and equipment) report with binoculars
Litter carry, firemanâ€™s carry and two-person carry through a water obstacle
Recite Airmanâ€™s creed