By Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Airmen from the 50th Security Forces Squadron grunted and groaned as they physically pushed their bodies to the limit while trying out for the SF Guardian Challenge team March 11.
“I’m looking to take the all-around six best people that are going to make this team the best that it can be,” said Master Sgt. Garrett Maynard, 50th SFS NCO-in charge of operations.
Sergeant Maynard added that each member will be evaluated in different areas to determine if they have what it takes to make the cut.
“It’s a lot of physical and mental endurance,” he said. “Today we’re testing on the physical portions — pushups, sit-ups, pull-ups and the run. All that stuff is going to help them with tactics, shooting and especially with the obstacle course.”
The Airmen were given two minutes to do as many pushups and sit-ups as possible. They cheered on one another to keep going even as some struggled to pump out one last repetition before the time was up. The Airmen’s efforts during tryouts also reflected their mission ready posture to defend the base and the teamwork it takes to accomplish the mission everyday.
“I’m immensely preparing myself — trying to psych myself up, making sure I do everything I can, putting forth all the effort possible and working out on the side,” said Airman 1st Class Eric Sauls, 50th SFS, restricted area entry controller. “I want to be part of a good team that’s really strong and try to be the best that I can be.”
Airman Sauls said he would be happy to make the team but also expressed a sense of humility if he wasn’t chosen.
“It’ll just mean I have something to look forward to next time and I’ll try harder,” he said.
Recognizing the efforts each Airman exhibited during the tryouts, Sergeant Maynard said he wants them to share the experience he had winning at Guardian Challenge.
“In 1998 at Malmstrom, we won the Best Security Forces in all Air Force Space Command,” he said. “There’s no better feeling than to be up on top of that stage, holding that trophy and all the other cops are cheering you because you’re the best … I want these guys to be on that stage and be the best security forces in Air Force Space Command.”
As for their competitors throughout AFSPC, Sergeant Maynard said his team is ready.
“We’re going to put together a strong team, we’re going to come out there and we’re going to give 110 percent, if not more, so our competitors better bring more than what we got,” he said.
The security forces Guardian Challenge team was announced March 17 and include Staff Sergeants Andrew Lewis and John Lopez, and Airmen 1st Class Warren Malcolm III, Chase Tatum, Eric Sauls, and Alberto Lopez.