The 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, held their first Spiritual Fitness Challenge April 27. The competition consisted of six squad-sized teams competing for the challenge trophy. Competitors were tested on a 2.19-mile endurance course with each team entering their top soldiers at seven stations along the course.


The 46th Engineer Battalion, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, held their first Spiritual Fitness Challenge April 27. The competition consisted of six squad-sized teams competing for the challenge trophy. Competitors were tested on a 2.19-mile endurance course with each team entering their top soldiers at seven stations along the course.
Stations were based on the seven Army values: Loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, integrity and personal courage. The first station, loyalty, required soldiers to lead a fellow blindfolded soldier through a dark, wet culvert. As the teams progressed through the course, they realized each Army value.
They tested their minds, recalling lessons they learned in basic training like the Soldiers’ Creed and the Army Song. When the competitors completed the course, they were drenched in sweat with racing hearts and a sense of pride in themselves, their organization and the United States Army.
In the end, only one team could proclaim they won the Spiritual Fitness Challenge — the 93rd Engineer Company.
The soldiers finished three minutes faster than any other team and earned the right to be called the most spiritually fit team. The Spiritual Fitness Challenge will be held again and each team will bring their best.