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1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers Host Washington State Special Olympics for Third Year

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldiers Host Washington State Special Olympics for Third Year

The Soldiers arrived before 8 a.m. to setup for the event and prepare for the upcoming day. Throughout the day they held three powerlifting events. The Soldiers acted as judges, spotters, weight rackers, scorekeepers and most importantly motivation and encouragement to the athletes.

The battalion started volunteering for the powerlifting competition about three years ago and has been holding it ever since.

“When I became command sergeant major four years ago I took the opportunity to get our unit involved in this as our support to the local community” said the 4th Battalion’s senior enlisted leader Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Klingenberg. “After the first year we did it, people saw that it was a great event to support and the athletes involved and their families truly appreciated our battalion’s involvement in this.”

The competition involved three main events; the squat, the bench press, and the dead lift event. For each event there were three judges surrounding the athletes as they competed. If the athlete had proper form and completed the lift correctly, the judges raised their white flag, signaling a successful lift. If the athletes had a violation while lifting, the red flags came up.

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