3rd Herd Trains for Victory

The 3rd Combat Communications Group Guardian Challenge Combat Challenge primary and alternate team members are from bottom row, left to right:  Staff Sgt. David Pattison, Senior Airman Joseph Witkiewicz, Staff Sgt. Adam Benton, Senior Airman David Allen and Airman David Linden. Middle row from left to right:  2nd Lt Kenneth Sturgis, Airmen 1st Class Robert Schuster, Joey Pregont and Nikki Licuanan, and Staff Sgt. Antonio Carrasco. Top row from left to right:  Staff Sgt. Jarod Williams, Senior Airmen Charles Martin and Zachary Skow, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Fleming, Senior Airman Brandon Thompson, A1C Teverence Davis, Capt. Pat Reagan, Buford the Bull. Not pictured:  Staff Sgt. Mathew McCauley (US Air Force photo)

The 3rd Combat Communications Group Guardian Challenge Combat Challenge primary and alternate team members are from bottom row, left to right: Staff Sgt. David Pattison, Senior Airman Joseph Witkiewicz, Staff Sgt. Adam Benton, Senior Airman David Allen and Airman David Linden. Middle row from left to right: 2nd Lt Kenneth Sturgis, Airmen 1st Class Robert Schuster, Joey Pregont and Nikki Licuanan, and Staff Sgt. Antonio Carrasco. Top row from left to right: Staff Sgt. Jarod Williams, Senior Airmen Charles Martin and Zachary Skow, Airman 1st Class Benjamin Fleming, Senior Airman Brandon Thompson, A1C Teverence Davis, Capt. Pat Reagan, Buford the Bull. Not pictured: Staff Sgt. Mathew McCauley (US Air Force photo)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 3rd Combat Communications Group, known as the 3rd Herd, has kicked their training into high gear for the Combat Challenge portion of Air Force Space Command's Guardian Challenge 2010 competition April 17-19 here.

Two active duty and three Air National Guard combat communicator teams will compete in events related to combat communications tasks such as tent building, comm package activation, marksmanship, self-aid and buddy care, physical training, and force-on-force combat scenarios.

The 3rd Herd team knows others are training hard, but is not worried about any of them.

"They can squawk and preen all they want; we will prevail," said Capt. Pat Reagan, team captain.

The Herd team took a moment to "showcase" a small croc they bagged back in March. They are proud of this catch, but understand the real "hunt" begins April 16 when they have the opportunity to defeat their rival, the 5th Combat Communications Group.

The 3rd Herd's mascot, Buford the Bull, got into the action too. "Mess with the bull, get the horns," Buford was overheard saying. The team acknowledges that anything less than a win is a failure and are motivated succeed.

Every team member is proud to represent the Herd and knows the grueling, gut-wrenching training they do every day will pay off when they have the Etchberger Trophy in their hands, the best combat communications team in Guardian Challenge, said Captain Reagan.

"We are only as good as our slowest Herdsman and everybody is encouraging each other to be the best," said Staff Sgt. Jarod Williams.

The training focuses on teamwork, as well as improving individual effort.

"I thought I was fast but these other guys are lightning quick and making me push harder," said Senior Airman Brandon Thompson.

Team members are: Capt. Pat Reagan, Staff Sgts. Adam Benton and Jarod Williams, Senior Airmen Brandon Thompson and David Allen; Airmen 1st Class Benjamin Fleming, Robert Schuster, Teverence Davis, Joey Pregont, and Amn David Linden.