SU Football Team Deploys To Fort Drum

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Teamwork is essential on the battlefield and on the football field.

It's a lesson being taught this week at Fort Drum.

The goal of Fort Drum soldiers: bring the Syracuse Orange football team together.

Whether they care if the Orange wins games or not, everybody is drinking in the fun.

"I'm an SEC fan. But it's pretty fun seeing the Syracuse football team," said 1st Lieutenant Kyle Chapman, a soldier.

"We do a lot of training around here so it's just kind of an easy day for us to set this stuff up - get out here and help these guys out a little bit and make them a better team," said Specialist Aaron Randall, a soldier.

It's called the Leadership Reaction Course.

Soldiers set up the drills for players.

The drills require teamwork and communication: two things that are important on both the battlefield and the football field.

These drills aren't easy.

There are eight of them and each one provides a different type of challenge.

"Right now we're teaching them buddy carries and how to transport an injured soldier," said Chapman.

While soldiers are teaching the players how to be a team, the leader of the 10th Mountain Division is doing his part, teaching the coaches how to lead.

"General Townsend was great. He shared with me some of the things they've done with their people. It was great to get into that last night. It gave me some good ideas," said SU's head coach Scott Shafer.

The Orange football team is at Fort Drum until Friday.

Between now and then, the team will continue to work with soldiers to develop camaraderie, team building and leadership.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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