CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Thirteen Soldiers with the 252nd Composite Supply Company, a Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit deployed to the Middle East, completed the grueling Danish Contingent March Jan. 15.
The CSC Soldiers hosted the march at Camp Buehring for 560 U.S. and Canadian military personnel. The mission: march 22 kilometers in four hours while carrying 22 pounds in full uniform.
“This truly was a challenge since it’s been a few years since I’ve completed a ruck march,” said 1st Sgt. Chrystall Jenkins. “I love to hike, but I’m sure we all know hiking is a bit more enjoyable.”
Capt. Cindy Llantoy Mosquera, commander of the 252nd CSC, said the DANCON march has been a tradition of the Danish military since 1972 and offers more than just a physical challenge.
“DANCON marches allow participants to demonstrate their physical capabilities and encourage social bonds between partner forces deployed alongside the Danish,” said Llantoy. “Soldiers who completed it received a certificate and a medal from the Danish National Support Element.”
Jenkins said she prepared for the march by completing two ruck marches per week, starting with 30 minutes and working up to two hours. She did the practice ruck marches with other 252nd CSC Soldiers and stayed together with some of them during the DANCON march.
“It felt great to finish,” said Jenkins. “I was able to complete the DANCON with two of my Soldiers, Sgt. Ahmadou Njimoke Tijani and Spc. Richard Branigan. They finished by running through the finish line. It was great to see them motivated even after all of those miles to finish strong!”
After completing the DANCON march, many of these Soldiers now have their sights set on completing a 30-kilometer march in February to earn the Norwegian Foot March Badge.
The 252nd CSC, a subordinate unit of the 728th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 213th Regional Support Group, has been deployed since June, supporting Operation Spartan Shield and U.S. Central Command.