THE IRON WARRIOR
MAY 15TH, 2019
THree events - one challenge
EVENT I: MOUNTAIN CHALLANGE
EVENT ii: amphibious CHALLANGE
ALL TERRAIN CHALLENGE
To simulate the height of the Mountain that the Iron Rakkasans at Dong Ap Bia had to climb, the Soldiers in the Battalion will climb 3,187 steps at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. This event will be family friendly so please come out and take pictures of your soldiers as they follow in the footsteps of their heritage.
1.87 Mile swim
Every year the Iron Rakkasan Battalion Soldiers participating in the Iron Warrior Challenge must complete a 1.87-mile swim to test their endurance and aerobic capacity. This year will be especially challenging with the swim being completed in the Energy Lake. This open water challenge is only open to those Soldiers who pass a swim test prior to the event.
31.87 Mile run
The most challenging event is the famed Iron Rakkasan Ultra-marathon. Run on Fort Campbell with your Soldier, or cheer them on from the designated checkpoint. soldiers who complete all three events will be given a belt buckle and deemed to be an "IRON WARRIOR".
Good luck to all those Athletes and Participants!!
THE HISTORY OF THE IRON WARRIOR
Hamburger Hill was the site of a tense battle during the Vietnam War. Fighting at Dong Ap Bia Mountain began on May 10th, 1969. After being on the offensive for four days, The US Forces were forced back until they were reinforced on May 14th. Fighting would continue over the next ten days with multiple air strikes, artillery barrages, and ten separate ground infantry assaults. Finally on the 11th ground assault American forces, including the Rakkasan Soldiers on the ground, were successful in capturing Hamburger Hill. US Casualties from this battle are estimated to be 72 killed and 372 wounded. The Iron Rakkasan Battalion lost a significant amount of friends and warriors during this battle. The Iron Warrior Challenge serves to remind present Soldiers of their noble heritage and the physical challenges that veterans of our unit faced at Hamburger Hill.