419th FSS takes home Defender’s Cup

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The “Misfits,” a four-man team from the 419th Force Support Squadron, took home the Defender’s Cup trophy following an upset victory over nine other teams that competed in the annual combat skills challenge Oct. 4. 

“Never underestimate the FSS,” said Lt. Col. Jennifer Fiederer, 419th FSS commander. “I’m extremely proud of our team, and we plan on keeping that trophy where it belongs – in the FSS.”

The military skills competition is organized by the 419th Security Forces Squadron each year and includes seven competitive trials, such as a vehicle search for hidden objectives and response to simulated casualties, along with other non-military challenges, like tug of war.

“It’s important to have events like this that mix fun with mission because it builds camaraderie and enhances skills,” said Master Sgt. Dolores Beard, 419th SFS. “Teamwork is what wins the battle down range.”

The winning team from the 419th FSS included Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Sayre, Master Sgt. George Boulware, Staff Sgt. Benjamin Dayley, and Senior Airman Dustin Selin.

“This competition is a test of what you may be faced with on the battlefield,” said Col. Bryan Radliff, 419th Fighter Wing commander. “Ultimately this is about camaraderie because, during war, someone else may be depending on you to get home.”

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