315th TRS wins Colonel Harris’ final drill competition

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5/20/2014 – GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The 17th Training Group hosted a drill competition on the flight line here May 10, pitting squadrons against each other at Col. Brendan M. Harris’ last competition as their commander.

This is the 17th TRG’s second quarter drill competition and the judges scored the students in five different categories; individual, regulation and exhibition drills, open ranks and spirit. 

Even though the students tried their best to score high, some would say their true goal was to enjoy themself.

“This is something we enjoy, regardless of the end result of winning,” said Airman 1st Class Demonte M. Anderson, 316th Training Squadron student. “Our main priority is to go out there and have fun.”

To reach their goals, the select drill students practiced off-duty hours to prepare for the competition.

“All three teams put in an amazing amount of hours, and we can learn a lot of lessons as Airmen about what we just saw,” said Harris. “We saw their discipline and teamwork as well as innovation and creativity–and it’s just fun to see a team come out here and show off doing whatever they can dream up.”

After Harris finished his speech, he presented awards. The 312th Training Squadron won the individual drill competition and open ranks. The 315th Training Squadron won regulation drill, exhibition drill and the overall award. The 316th TRS won the spirit award.

Once Harris handed out the awards, Lt. Col. Derek R. Ferland, 312th TRS Commander, talked about how this was Harris’ last drill competition and gave a short history lesson.

“One of the great things about Air Force heritage is called a fini-flight and that is when an aviator as an aircrew or rather as an officer completes a significant milestone, they get hosed down by a fire truck,” said Ferland. “As a plane would taxi down the runway and a fire truck would come out and spray a stream of water in a crossing arch overtop of the aircraft. Guess what, we’re on a runway [flightline] right now, so that’s pretty fitting.”

Harris then took all the items out of his pockets and positioned himself in front of a fire truck. While he had his back turned, two military training leaders ran up and poured a bucket of ice water on Harris’ back. This act marked the end of Harris’ last 17th TRG drill competition as their commander.

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