210th Soldiers get a day of adventure
INJE, South Korea -- For Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, even fun starts before the sun rises over the mountain ridge and its rays tumble into Camp Casey, South Korea.
Once the Soldiers were done with their morning formation, they loaded into buses and headed to the X-Games Resort in Inje, South Korea, for this year's Warrior Adventure Quest.
"This is supposed to be a fun event," said 1st Sgt. Willie Vines, from Dallas, Texas, the HHB senior enlisted noncommissioned officer. "We are ambassadors for the Army, so it's a must that we meet the Warrior Standard at all times."
Anticipation had been building all week. Conversation in the barracks less mundane, focused instead on whether zip-lining or river rafting will be more fun, and who is afraid of heights.
"I got to do things I've never done in my life," said Spc. Rebecca Force, native of Browns Mills N.J., and a healthcare specialist assigned to HHB. "I had never white water rafted or zip-lined before."
The whooping yell of adrenaline and tittering shrieks of fear as Soldiers came off the ledge and onto the wire to traverse a river from 50 feet above could be heard inside a shop where Soldiers were indulging in ice cream.
"Part of this event is to come out as a battery and have fun," said Capt. Christopher D. Maes, battery commander of HHB. "The other part is to show you guys there are things you can go out and do on your own without needing a pass. This place is in Area I."
After a barbeque cookout, more than 80 Soldiers took time to kick back and relax by the river, taking photos and quietly contemplating rock piles left behind by visitors before them.
On the bus ride back, the snores of exhaustion and a good day out in the sun could be heard by all.