Team Fairchild 92nd OG hosts ‘quarantition’ competition
By Senior Airman Lawrence Sena, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 21, 2020
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. --
Team Fairchild’s 92nd Operations Group hosted a quarantine competition on May 20, for Airmen to stay physically and mentally resilient amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.
The ‘quarantition’ consisted of a variety of fitness and video game competitions for Airmen across the group to represent their squadron and compete to find the most active and involved squadron.
“COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, so we created this event to get Airmen in the [92nd] OG up and active, while boosting morale as much as possible,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Miller, 92nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker pilot. “Originally, we were planning the annual Sports Day competition for the group, but unfortunately COVID-19 hit and we had to work to create an entirely new event from scratch.”
Physical events for the competition consisted of 1.5 mile interval conditioning, 3.1 mile distance run, continuous strength training and a “freestyle” event where participants performed a physical activity of their choice. Upon completion of the events, participants would log their performance to be scored against the other squadrons.
“It was great being able to unite as a squadron working toward a common goal of beating out the other squadrons and getting physically fit while doing it,” Miller said. “We were constantly motivating each other and posting pictures on Facebook with some playful smack-talk between the squadrons.”
Following the physical challenge, participants took to the virtual world and faced off against each other in racing and battle royale video games, with points being awarded based on the squadron’s performance.
“Being able to have a competition while physical distancing is pretty awesome,” said Staff Sgt. Cameron Miller, 92nd ARS boom operator. “Having an event like this where you need everyone’s participation to help the squadron, definitely helped bring our squadrons together.”
By hosting the “quarantition” competition, the 92nd OG was able to bring Team Fairchild Airmen together while ensuring safety and resiliency for them and their families amid these difficult times.
“It’s important for people to feel involved,” Staff Sgt. Miller said. “We don’t see each other like we did before the COVID-19 pandemic, so the goal was to make people feel a little more involved together, boost morale and have a little fun as a unit, and I think we all benefited from it.”