Strong teams are a cornerstone of any successful military unit.
For Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) comprised now of 17 NATO nations, it is essential that everyone works well together to face any challenge.
June 22 to June 26, a few service members from the headquarters participated in Exercise RIDGEMASTER in Wales along the Pembrokeshire Coast. Personnel from the UK, French and German contingent were among the nations participating in the annual adventure training.
“Ridgemaster gets people away from their desk,” said Royal Navy Lt. Cdr. Guy Richards, this year’s event coordinator and Maritime planner in the ARRC Support Division. “It allows participants to challenge themselves both mentally and physically, as well as develop team skills and leadership skills which is expected of military personnel.”
The five-day exercise was built to be challenging, said Guy, and included mountain biking, sea kayaking, and rock climbing phases. The exercise allowed people to not only work as a team in the different elements, but also to enhance communication skills with their multinational colleagues serving from across Air Force, Navy and Army forces.
“This is a great opportunity for us to practice and learn more about our strengths and weaknesses while simultaneously building team camaraderie,” said German Army Lt. Col. i.G. Wallschus, a plans officer participating for the first time since he joined the ARRC last September. “I would encourage people from the entire staff to participate in the Adventure Training.”
Story by Sgt. First Class LaSonya Morales, ARRC Public Affairs