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JBLE Airmen take lead in regional competition

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, swings across the Battle Rig peg board during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, swings across the Battle Rig peg board during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2017. The rig consists of many obstacles that challenge upper body, core and grip strength. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, swings across the Battle Rig hanging spheres during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, swings across the Battle Rig hanging spheres during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2017. Puerile competed against 30 U.S. Air Force Airmen from other bases in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, and 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, pose for a photo after earning the titles of Alpha Warrior Northeast regional champions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, and 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, pose for a photo after earning the titles of Alpha Warrior Northeast regional champions at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2017. Both Airmen will compete in the finals in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 11, 2017, where they will contend 48 other U.S. Air Force Airmen from 14 other regions, in an effort to be named the U.S. Air Force Alpha Warrior. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, swings across the Battle Rig broken bars during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, swings across the Battle Rig broken bars during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2017. The rig was built by the Alpha Warrior Company to encourage individuals to apply functional workouts to their fitness programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, climbs the Battle Rig devil steps during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Oct. 21, 2017.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, climbs the Battle Rig devil steps during the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2017. The winners from all 15 regions will be flown to San Antonio, Texas, to compete for the top male and female spots on a course that is larger and more difficult than the regional course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

Two Airmen from took first place in the Alpha Warrior Northeast Regional Competition, which was hosted at the Community Commons Oct. 21.

Airman 1st Class Trevor Puerile, 633rd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, and 2nd Lt. Nicole Mitchell, 83rd Network Operations Squadron directory services officer in charge, competed against 30 Airmen from other bases in the region.

The Airmen competed on the Battle Rig, a metal structure that consists of obstacles that tested their upper body, core, and grip strength.

“I think this was a great opportunity to get out and have fun, but also compete,” Mitchell said. “This course pushes you to challenge your physical fitness in a way you wouldn’t think is possible.”

Puerile and Mitchell will move on to compete in the finals in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 11, where they will contend with 48 Airmen from 14 other regions in the hopes of becoming the U.S. Air Force Alpha Warrior.

“I’m just excited; I don’t think there is a better way of saying how I feel,” Puerile exclaimed. “I’m ready to go to San Antonio.”

All 50 candidates will be flown down to San Antonio to compete for the top male and female spots on a course larger and more difficult than the regional course.

“It’s awesome to have both of the regional champions be from Joint Base Langley-Eustis to represent us down in San Antonio,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Garcia, 633rd Force Support Squadron fitness and sports section chief. “There will be some good competition, but I’m sure they’ll do great.”