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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing move an ambulance during a Warrior Day at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing move an ambulance during a Warrior Day at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. The Airmen worked together to pull the approximately 14,000 pound ambulance 15 meters in a test of strength and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daryll Clark, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems section chief, holds a flag up during a game of contagion tag at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Daryll Clark, 20th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems section chief, holds a flag up during a game of contagion tag at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. Teams participating in the Warrior Day challenge collected flags to earn points towards their overall scores. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Margaret Haley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, performs pushups during a Warrior Day challenge hosted by the 20th Medical Group at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Margaret Haley, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight commander, performs pushups during a Warrior Day challenge hosted by the 20th Medical Group at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. The day’s challenges included physical tests such as pushups, burpees and running. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Airmen perform burpees during a Warrior Day at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Airmen perform burpees during a Warrior Day at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. Each team competing in Warrior Day events had their strength and endurance tested as they switched between physically and mentally challenging activities one after another. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Operations Group test their self-aid buddy care knowledge on a mannequin during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Operations Group test their self-aid buddy care knowledge on a mannequin during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. Medical Airmen placed the team under pressure by surrounding them with the sounds of simulated cannon and gun fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Kauderman, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, places a sandbag beside him during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Capt. John Kauderman, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, places a sandbag beside him during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. The sandbags were placed on litters to simulate the weight of a patient. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Scott, 20th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist, left, and Capt. John Kauderman, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, carry a litter during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan Scott, 20th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapist, left, and Capt. John Kauderman, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometrist, carry a litter during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. With their teammates, the Airmen treated and transported a simulated patient while testing their self-aid buddy care skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group run during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S Airmen assigned to the 20th Medical Group run during a Warrior Day commander’s challenge at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. The Warrior Day tested the physical and mental strength of 20th Fighter Wing teams while building teamwork skills and sharing tasks medical Airmen face in deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Wyrick, 20th Medical Group commander, speaks to attendees following the conclusion of Warrior Day events at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Wyrick, 20th Medical Group commander, speaks to attendees following the conclusion of Warrior Day events at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 29, 2017. The events enhanced understanding of the mental pressure and physical rigors medical Airmen may face in deployed environments in order to save lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. --

The 20th Medical Group hosted a quarterly Warrior Day for 20th Fighter Wing Airmen Sept. 29.

During the event, teams from across the wing tested their teamwork, physical endurance and self-aid buddy care knowledge.

They competed in an ambulance pull, contagion tag, trivia, and a commander’s challenge in which they provided care for and evacuated simulated patients. 

“It gave a chance for the groups on the base to get together, promote some camaraderie, work together [and] have some fun,” said Staff Sgt. Marcos Davis, 20th Medical Operation Squadron physical therapy assistant and Warrior Day alternate point of contact. “We all work very hard, so it’s nice to be able to have that chance to relax.”

The competitors also had their focus tested as they were surrounded by the sounds of simulated cannon and gun fire, and were yelled at by medical Airmen acting as patient family members pressuring them to save lives. 

“We kind of struggled at the beginning,” said Airman 1st Class Jonathan Himpsl, 20th Security Force Squadron entry controller, about competing in the events. “There are different things that you’re not really used to that other squadrons are. You have a little bit of time to put on a tourniquet, to stop bleeding, all [things] a warrior could be injured by. There’s a minimal amount of time that you [have] to get this stuff done by or else we lose a life, so I give (medical Airmen) respect for what they do.”

Although the event encouraged friendly competition, 20th FW Airmen left with an enhanced understanding of the mental pressure and physical rigors medical Airmen may face in deployed environments in order to save lives and get service members home to family and friends.