Military Matters: Building A Team

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Everyone knows football training is tough.

Likewise, you know that military training is challenging.

What happens when you combine the two?

At Fort Drum Wednesday, Syracuse University's football team got a taste of military-style team work.

Football players were enlisted in team building exercises - like getting a 'soldier' (actually, a dummy) to safety, passing it from team member to team member and carrying it over top of a vehicle.

"I'm looking for self sacrifice, and team players and the whole shebang," said Sgt. Oswald Thomas, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, as he ran the 'litter carry' challenge.

"From the minute you join the Army, you're constantly doing team building exercises," said 1st Lieutenant Jacob Wishko. "And usually they're physically demanding like what they're doing out there on the field. The entire Army operates on unit cohesion."

The football team did fine, and got a chance to see the various weapons used by the 10th Mountain Division.

"I mean, even after this you still can't fully understand what they put themselves through," said SU tight end David Stevens. "Through the stories that I've heard this week, I mean all we can say is 'thank you.'"

The consensus: Wednesday's exercise made members of the S-U football team and the Army even bigger fans of each other.

 "So together, it's been a very very good experience," said Doug Marrone, SU's coach.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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