Yelling and grunting might not be too out of the ordinary for airmen at Malmstrom AFB, but the reason why they're doing it is. It’s police week, and for the airmen here it’s all about honor.
“We get to honor those who came before us that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and honor those and pay contribution to those going forward that we get a chance to serve with every day,” said 1st Lt. Nicolas Cunningham.
Normally every year during police week they host multiple events, but this year is special.
“Normally it's just a shooting competition but we decided to up the ante this year and make it more like the aces cop combat challenge we do on annually on this base as well,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Campbell.
So for the eight teams of four taking part, they had a number of challenges to overcome as a team.
“This is a five station course so they are doing M9 firing down at the firing range. Then they are going to do a ruck race which is a 2.35 mile run with varying weights of 30-60 pounds. After that they will do a 50 yard Humvee push slightly up hill. So it is 14,000 pounds up a slight incline. Then they will do a 4 by 400 relay race. After the last member finishes the relay race their official time for the competition stops. They will get 10 minutes to rest before they do a team pushup competition which will be its own separate award in and of itself,” said Campbell.
For the airmen, it’s a fitting way to honor those who have fallen.
“This something that we know if they're looking down on us they are going to love to sit back relax, and check it out almost like another person in the audience,” said Cunningham.