3d Herd to compete in ‘Cop Challenge’

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- In addition to the "Combat Challenge" members of the 3rd Combat Communications Group will be hosting and competing in next month, six 3rd Herd Airmen will also be participating in the "Security Forces (Combat) Challenge" May 17-19 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Both the Combat Challenge and Security Forces Challenge are part of Air Force Space Command's "Guardian Challenge," the premier biannual space and cyberspace competition in the world.

According the 3rd Herd officials, the Security Forces Challenge will consist of a tactical course, as well as M-4 and M-9 marksmanship courses.

"Members of our team have focused their training on endurance and strength by exercising and working out for two to three hours in the morning with minimal rest periods," said 2nd Lt. Ira Mindoro of the 33rd Combat Communications Squadron.
Lieutenant Mindoro said the workouts include, but are not limited to, weightlifting, running, pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups and additional calisthenics.

"If you can think of it, we've probably incorporated it in our training," Lieutenant Mindoro said.

Mindoro went on to say the 3rd Herd is being considered an underdog heading into the competition, since it will be competing against security forces units from across Air Force Space Command.

However, he added, "We're going in there to show them what combat communications is all about."

As the 3rd Herd motto states, "We'll take on any challenge...'Anytime, Anywhere,'" Lieutenant Mindoro said.

In addition to Lieutenant Mindoro, also competing for the 3rd Herd will be Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Turner, Staff Sgt. Jared Conary, and Senior Airmen Gary Brown, Kevin Farkas and Nathan Joiner.