After an evening of one helluva fish fry and some relaxation, the Division 6 team was ready for the final day of Rescue Challenge 2011. The team drove to Fort Lee for the heavy lifting drill, and the other heavy lifting and moving obstacle course. The teams that participated in Rescue Challenge 2011 had a rare opportunity to perform a heavy lift on a M1A1 Abrams tank. 69 Tons, BABY!! There are people that can say that they have had that opportunity, but can they say that the tank was on it's top and they had to remove two victims from under the turret?
After the lift was completed, the event facilitators had some very positive comments and feedback for the Brothers of Division 6. The representatives from Paratec also had very good comments and feedback.
The second event at Fort Lee proved to be a bit of a challenge, the team had to move a M113A3 Armored Personnel Carrier using manpower and mechanical advantage.
With several grunt, groans, yells, and foul language, the 13 ton tracked box moved forward back and even turned.
When it was all over and the APC came to rest in the ditch, the Brothers called it a day. After the equipment was packed up and everyone was debriefed it was time to hit the road for home.
It was an honor and privilege to be part of this group this year. Everyone left with more knowledge than they came with, and a great sense of accomplishment.
It was a good time...Time to get ready for the next adventure.
Stay safe, train hard, train often!