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Obstacle course tests Reserve Airmen’s leadership, builds camaraderie

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah.

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. Members of the 67ths Aerial Port Squadron participated in the Leadership Reaction Course to test leadership skills and build camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing assist a fellow Airman to complete an obstacle Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing assist a fellow Airman to complete an obstacle Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. Each Airman acted as a team leader between obstacles throughout the exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah.

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. Members of the 67ths Aerial Port Squadron participated in the Leadership Reaction Course to test leadership skills and build camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Hollan Moore, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, pulls himself up with the help of fellow Airmen during an obstacle course

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Hollan Moore, a reservist in the 419th Fighter Wing, pulls himself up with the help of fellow Airmen during an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. The course allowed leadership to view how their troops respond to challenges throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah.

A reservist from the 419th Fighter Wing participates in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. Members of the 67ths Aerial Port Squadron participated in the Leadership Reaction Course to test leadership skills and build camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah

Reservists from the 419th Fighter Wing participate in an obstacle course Sept. 11, 2020, at Camp Williams, Utah. Members of the 67th Aerial Port Squadron participated in the Leadership Reaction Course to test leadership skills and build camaraderie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah – “You might get wet,” the email stated to the Reserve Airmen who took up the challenge to run through various obstacle courses Friday at Camp Williams, a training site operated by the Utah National Guard.

More than 130 reservists from the wing’s 67th Aerial Port Squadron participated in the Leadership Reaction Course on Sept. 11, 2020, learning how to solve problems and take charge.

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“This course gives our reservists the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned in an operational environment,” said Senior Master Sgt. Justin Adams, ramp NCO in charge with the 67th APS.

While trying to dodge the water, Airmen had to rely on each other to complete each task and, in some cases, lead the team.

“It gives everybody an opportunity to try themselves out as a leader,” said Maj. John Young, acting commander of the 67th APS.

Young said it doesn’t matter if the teams pass or fail the timed obstacle courses, as the goal was to exercise leadership skills, build camaraderie, and to have fun.