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193rd SOSFS Airmen represent Pennsylvania Air National Guard in PT challenge

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Rivera-Ithier, 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron security forces specialist, completes obstacles during the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. River-Ithier was team lead of the 5-man team, which represented the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

As part of a 5-man team, Senior Airman Gregory Ralph, 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron security forces specialist, completes obstacles during the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. The five Airmen represented the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

During the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Staff Sgt. Raul Aponte-Rodriguez, 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron security forces specialist, completes obstacles as part of a 5-man team, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. The five Airmen represented the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Weitzman, 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron security forces specialist, takes on the first obstacle for his team, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at an inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. The five Airmen represented the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

A five-man team from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron competes in the inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, five Airmen from the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron and their commander, pose for a photo at an inaugural Military and Pit Crew Challenge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The challenge was one of the third annual NASCAR XFINITY Philadelphia Takeover events brought to Philadelphia by Pocono Raceway, Dover International Speedway and Comcast to celebrate the sport in advance of upcoming races near at Pocono and Dover. The five Airmen represented the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Culeen Shaffer/Released)

Middletown, Pa. -- On a grassy lawn outside of Xfinity Live in the Wells Fargo complex, Philadelphia, teams relayed through burpees, hula hooping, pushups, kettlebell drag, box jumping and other challenges May 8, 2018.


Receiving last minute notification, Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth Rivera-Ithier, 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron security forces specialist, was tasked to put a 5-man team together. This team was to represent the Pennsylvania Air National Guard at an inaugural Military and Pit Crew PT Challenge at the third annual NASCAR Philadelphia Takeover.

Four other 193rd SOSFS Airmen joined Rivera-Ithier. Knowing that the Airmen had to be in tip-top physical condition, Rivera-Ithier said he chose Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element Airmen as well as DAGRE candidates.

Two Xfinity teams, a NASCAR pit crew team, a Pennsylvania Army National Guard team and an active duty Air Force team, competed in the event.

“This seemed like a great opportunity to showcase our wing and the Airmen who represent it,” said Air Force Senior Airman Gregory Ralph, 193rd SOSFS security forces specialist.

The first round consisted of three waves; two teams going head-to-head each wave. With a time of five minutes and eleven seconds, the 193rd SOSFS team was the second fastest team in round one, however, were eliminated because the fastest team per wave moved on. With a time of 4 minutes, 56 seconds, the NASCAR’s pit crew team edged out the security forces Airmen.

“It showed that our team could dominate in a team atmosphere even with no detail or prep time,” said Rivera-Ithier.

“Always Ready, Always There,” words of the official song of the National Guard Bureau, are words that Airmen of the 193rd SOSFS are prepared to live by, no matter the challenge.