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Posted: September 7, 2018 9:04 a.m.
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3-15 Inf. spouses embrace the Soldier experience

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pouses of 3-15 Inf., 2 ABCT, 3rd ID, pull a weighted Sked Basic Rescue System during a Spouse’s Dragon Ride to simulate evacuating injured personnel, Aug. 30, at Fort Stewart. The Can Do Battalion’s Dragon-Ride-For-Spouses is a family-focused competition that allows spouses the unique opportunity to use actual military gear while performing physical activities that service members experience.

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Spouses from 3rd Battalion, 15th Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, competed against one another in a motivational, physical training competition that exposed them firsthand to what their service members experience on a daily basis.

“It’s good to get all the wives together,’’ said Megan Sulwer. “I’ve never got to see where my husband worked, so it was nice to see that.’’

The Spouse Dragon Ride included a battalion history class, 1-mile run and a gear run. The gear run consist of spouses wearing a kevlar helmet, gloves, eye protection, and plate carrier while running a half mile. Immediately after completing the run, spouses continued their dragon ride against the clock on row machines, with 10 minutes to row one thousand meters.  Finally, each person dragged a weighted Sked Basic Rescue System one hundred meters, down and back to the starting point.

“It was good. We pushed our limits and never gave up,’’ Amaryllis Phillips said. “It was very challenging.”

The Spouse Dragon Ride helps families bond while breaking a serious sweat during the summer at Fort Stewart. Families grow stronger by working together to get through each event.

Spouses wrapped up their day with classes on how to fit and wear gear as their Soldiers do, then mounted the same vehicles their Soldiers maintain.

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