Local

March 8, 2013

Thunderbolt team earns ‘Tough Mudder’ title

Tags:
Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Reymundo Lopez, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, prepares to jump into the Arctic Enema obstacle of the Tough Mudder challenge Feb. 23 in Mesa. The obstacle featured a pit filled with water and ice and is the second obstacle in the Tough Mudder course that has 21 obstacles featured on a 12-mile course.

Earning the title of a “Tough Mudder” is not an easy accomplishment, but that’s exactly what a group of Thunderbolts did Feb. 23 in Mesa.

According to the Tough Mudder website, it is a 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to “test all-around toughness, strength, stamina and mental grit.”

For one Luke Air Force Base team member who completed the course, that’s exactly what it did.

“Jumping into the ice-cold tank of water was the worst part,” said Staff Sgt. Stephanie Harp, 56th Security Forces Squadron unit training manager. “I really don’t like the cold, so that was definitely the worst part for me. It really tested my will power and was my biggest challenge to conquer.”

There are a few things needed to make it through a challenge like Tough Mudder. One of them is teamwork.

The originators of Tough Mudder want everyone to know three “mudder facts” before participating, and they say the third is most important.

“You cannot complete a Tough Mudder course alone,” the website said. “To get through mud, fire, ice-water and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip.”

That’s how Harp said she made it through the course.

“It meant a lot to have my team out there and there’s no way I could have done it without them,” she said. “We were always supporting each other and pushing each other to go further and finish together. They were truly my motivation to keep going.”

Harp said there are many reasons to compete in Tough Mudder, but at the end of the day, it’s about more than just completing a challenge and getting muddy.

“I was so excited when I finally crossed the finish line,” she said. “It felt great to make it through with such great people, and it meant a lot to contribute to such a great cause.”

According to the Tough Mudder website, the competition has raised more than $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project since 2010, a charity that raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid in helping to meet the needs of injured service members.

For more Tough Mudder photos, visit www.luke.af.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 

 

Clinic responds to shortage with changes

The Luke Air Force Base Pediatrics Clinic is undergoing a shortage of provider staffing due to humanitarian mission support, separations and a decrease of providers from five to four. This manning issue has impacted appointments available to children as well as increased the wait times to be seen by the clinic. The 56th Medical Group...
 
 
Senior Airman Devante Williams

CDC mission includes playtime

Senior Airman Devante Williams Danielle Gatlin, 56th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center assistant teacher, watches children during recess June 11 at the CDC at Luke Air Force Base. The CDC accepts children with res...
 
 
18_150612-F-EC705-053

Photo essay: Emerald Knights go out with a bang

Tech. Sgt. Tim Boyer 308th FS jets line up to launch from Luke AFB June 12 on their way to Holloman AFB.   Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Pilots flying F-16s from Luke AFB to Holloman donned the 314th FS Warhawks patch.   Se...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>