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5th Special Forces Group challenge elite CrossFit athletes at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Two organizations partnered on Friday, October 25th, when 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a fitness challenge for the United States Army Warrior Fitness Team at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Among the attendees were two of the top 20 CrossFit athletes in the world. Noah Ohlsen, who placed 2nd at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and the U.S. Army’s own Capt. Chandler Smith, who placed 15th.

Fitness can be paramount when you’re a member of one of the most elite fighting forces in the U.S. Army. While CrossFit has gained much popularity in today’s military, it is widely used throughout the special operations community.

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, hangs from a tower while conducting the 5th Special Forces Group obstacle course at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, hangs from a tower while conducting the 5th Special Forces Group obstacle course at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

“We wanted to show the physical fitness aspect of a Special Operations unit and how it is similar to some top athletes in the world”, said a Green Beret Master Sgt., who helped coordinate the event.

Green Berets of Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (A) supported the event and participated with the CrossFit athletes.

Throughout the day they engaged in multiple physical and tactical challenges.

Professional CrossFit athlete Noah Ohlsen, along with members of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, meet with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Professional CrossFit athlete Noah Ohlsen, along with members of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, meet with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

“We wanted to bring together these two separate groups of people because we share very similar values,” said Maj. James McNally, company commander.

“You have these elite level athletes on one hand, and our elite Special Forces performers from 5th Special Forces Group (A) on the other,” McNally stated.

Soldiers demonstrated different activities that have been incorporated into their tactical training regime. Ohlsen, Smith, and two other members from the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team were challenged in strength, agility, and speed during a series of exercises.

Included, was a Special Forces obstacle course, the Army Combat Fitness Test, and even took part in a marksmanship challenge where they were tested to shoot, move and communicate.

I was truly impressed with the Special Forces Soldiers and its leadership. I really saw how they live the Army Values and their pursuit across physical, technical and military expertise said Smith.

Professional CrossFit athlete Noah Olsen performs weighted pull-ups during an event at the 5th Special Forces gym, Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Professional CrossFit athlete Noah Olsen performs weighted pull-ups during an event at the 5th Special Forces gym, Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Special Forces has been known for its innovative and expanded training opportunities, and encompass the character and attributes of those willing to go further within the U.S. Army.

We are here to help people understand that we are actively looking for committed people, said McNally. Those who are focused on operating at the peak of their capacity, both physically and intellectually while committed to doing something truly exceptional.

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, along with professional CrossFit athlete Noah Ohlsen learn how to properly shoot handguns at the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) indoor shooting range, Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. The Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the different aspects of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, along with professional CrossFit athlete Noah Ohlsen learn how to properly shoot handguns at the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) indoor shooting range, Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)


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