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Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle

The first Inter-Service Battle Alpha Warrior Final Battle competition took place Nov. 17, 2018, at Retama Park, Selma, Texas.  Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Commander Maj. Gen. Brad Spacy poses for a photo with the Army, Navy, and Air Force teams. The Navy team came in third place, the Army second and the Air Force first.  Air Force Team took home the title of Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Champions with a team time of 2:17:33. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

1st Place Air Force

  • Capt. Jennifer Wendland, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado
  • 1st Lt Stephanie Frye, Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
  • 1st Lt John Novotny, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
  • SrA Stephanie Williams, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, RAF Lakenheath, UK
  • Capt. Noah Palicia, Pacific Air Forces, Yokota AB, Japan
  • Capt. Mark Bishop, Air Mobility Command, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

2nd Place Army

  • Spec Williams, Brittany, HHC Garrison Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • PFC Garcia, Diana, HHC Garrison, Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • Spec Simmons, Sable, Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • Sgt. 1st Class Huguley, Ken, Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • Sgt. Cameron Edwards, HHC Garrison, Ft. Bliss, Texas
  • SSgt. Cody Mackall, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

3rd Place Navy

  • Senior Chief Petty Officer Josh Husband, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Mikala Hawkins, IWTC Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida
  • Lt. Junior Grade Amanda Graham, Naval Air Station North Island, California
  • Seaman Drew Fast, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
  • Lt. Commander Ryan Bareng, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia
  • Commander Tim White


Air Force Proves Mettle at First Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle

By Angelina Casarez, AFIMSC Public Affairs / Published November 20, 2018

SELMA, Texas (AFNS) -- A team of six Air Force men and women bested the Army and Navy to capture the first-ever Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Final Battle held at Retama Park on the outskirts of San Antonio Nov. 17.
Capt. Mark Bishop of Air Mobility Command, Capt. Noah Palicia of Pacific Air Forces, Capt. Capt. Jennifer Wendland, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, 1st Lt. Stephanie Frye of PACAF, 1st Lt. John Novotny of AMC, and Senior Airman Stephanie Williams of U.S. Air Forces in Europe completed the course in 2:17:33 to win the championship, a 110-lb trophy and armed forces bragging rights for the next year.
Fashioned after the popular American Ninja Warrior TV competitions, Alpha Warrior tested the competitors’ strength, coordination and endurance through more than 20 obstacles.
The two-day event featured Air Force finals on Nov. 16 and the inter-service finals the next day. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and the Air Force Services Activity hosted the event.
In kicking off the finals Nov. 17, Maj. Gen. Brad Spacy, AFIMSC commander, talked about how teammates would pull each other through.
“These young Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen are going to push through this course and they’re going to get to a point somewhere where they think they can’t make it, and they’re going to get through it and their teammates are going to get them through it. In the end, someone will be the winner, but they’re all going to win together,” he said.
It wasn’t too surprising the previous day’s Air Force Final Battle first place male and female athletes, Palicia from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Williams from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, came out on top again in the individual category. Palicia finished with the overall fastest time at 16:57.9. Williams finished at 24:03.2.
“The competition was really tough but I’m really pumped that the Air Force is able to do this,” Palicia said. “It feels incredible to be part of the first inter-service battle.”
He said the team walkthroughs and understanding proper technique really helped them complete the obstacles.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Bareng, who is no stranger to fitness programs, said the atmosphere motivated him.
“I wasn’t only getting motivated by my teammates but actually had Air Force and Army guys rooting me on,” he said. “It’s been one team-one fight mentality this whole time and it’s been inspiring to be alongside our sister services.”
The finals provided an opportunity for friendly competition while building camaraderie and esprit de corps among the competitors, said Army Sgt. Cameron Edwards.
“The event was challenging,” Edwards said. “It was the first event that I’ve been around Navy and Air Force together. It was a very unique time together. We competed not only against -- but with -- each other through the end.”
The program expanded from an Air Force-only event in 2017 to include Army and Navy competitors in its second season.
“This event has been a year in the making,” said Col. Donna Turner, AFSVA commander. “Airmen had to compete at the installation-level and regionals where the top two male and females were selected to compete in the Air Force Final Battle. The top six male and females moved on to our first inter-service battle.
“We have a phenomenal partnership with Alpha Warrior, to be able to bring this type of training and tactical fitness to our armed forces,” she said.
“This is the new way to train. This is functional fitness put into a complex environment where Airmen have to think, as well as be fit and strong. We call it the revolution in fitness and this is the way of the future,” Spacy said.
Saturday’s finals started with a swearing-in ceremony for 20 Air Force recruits in the Delayed Entry Program; national anthem sung by Air Force Band of the West vocalist Senior Airman Michelle Rajotte; and presentation of colors by Joint Base San Antonio’s Honor Guard.

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Members of the Air Force's Inter-service Alpha Warrior Final Battle team pose for a photo prior to the competition Nov. 17, 2018, at Retama Park, Selma, Texas. Pictured from left are Capt. Jennifer Wendland, Lst Lt. Stephanie Frye, Lst Lt. John Novotny, Senior Airman Stephanie Williams, Capt. Noah Palicia and Capt. Mark Bishop. During the first-of-its-kind competition, the Air Force team bested the Army and Navy to win the 110-pound trophy and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Aragon)


Let the Battles Begin!
November 16-17, 2018

Witness the U. S. Air Force’s best pitted against other service branches in the first Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.

This competition held, at the Alpha Warrior Proving Ground, Selma, Texas is open to all DoD ID cardholders and their families.

Athletes compete against each other and the clock and they traverse a set of obstacles designed based on the popular America Ninja Warriors competition.

ID cardholders are also invited to attend the Air Force Final Battle starting at 12 a.m. Nov 16.  At this portion of battle weekend, 50 Air Force athletes compete to represent the Air Force in the Inter-Service competition the next day.


Friday, November 16, 2018 | Battle begins at 12 p.m.

Watch top male and female Air Force athletes from around the world compete for the title Air Force Alpha Warrior. Air Force will select its six-person inter-service team following competition.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | Opening Ceremonies at 9 a.m.


Schedule of Events (tentative):

09:00     Opening Ceremony
09:30     Inter-Service Alpha Warrior Battle Begins
12:00     Award Ceremony
12:30     Obstacle course open to spectators





See locations and dates below.







Hurlburt Field

Patrick, MacDill, Tyndall, Eglin, Keesler, Barksdale, Columbus, Maxwell



Davis-Monthan AFB

Holloman, Luke, Kirtland, Cannon



Peterson AFB

Buckley, Schriever, USAFA



JB Langley-Eustis

JBMDL, Dover, Hanscom, JB Andrews, Bolling



Hill AFB

Fairchild, Mountain Home

South Central


JB San Antonio

Dyess, Sheppard, Altus, Goodfellow, Laughlin



Whiteman AFB

Scott, Wright-Patterson, Tinker, McConnell, Little Rock

East Coast


JB Charleston

Seymour-Johnson, Shaw, Pope, Robins, Moody



Minot AFB

Ellsworth, Malmstrom, Grand Forks, Offutt



Nellis AFB

Beale, Vandenberg, Edwards, Los Angeles, Travis


 20 Oct 18

Yokota AB




Osan AB


PACAF Okinawa




USAFE England


RAF Lakenheath

Mildenhall, Croughton, Alconbury, Menwith Hill



Spangdahlem AB

Aviano, Ramstein, Incirlik, Izmir, Moron, Lajes Field



JB Elmendorf-Richardson



2018 Air Force Alpha Warrior Battle Rig Event is coming to an installation near you.  Alpha Warrior Battle Rigs and Battle Stations provide a new and exciting way for Airmen to work out, build unit cohesion and a sense of community with fellow Airmen.  See locations and dates below.

Alpha Warrior Pro-Athletes will demonstrate how to complete an obstacle course composed of several obstacles including a salmon ladder, three ring ropes and a rope climb.


Tour Stop


FSS Website

Laughlin AFB

12 - 13 Apr 18

Goodfellow AFB

12 - 13 Apr 18

Dyess AFB

19 - 20 Apr 18

Maxwell AFB

23 - 24 Apr 18

Robins AFB

26 - 27 Apr 18

Niagara Falls ARS

5 - 6 May 18

Hanscom AFB

8 - 9 May 18

Joint Base Andrews

11 - 12 May 18

Grand Forks AFB

10 - 11 May 18

JB Elmendorf/Richardson

23 - 24 May 18

Fairchild AFB

23 - 24 May 18

RAF Alconbury

9 - 10 Jul 18

RAF Mildenhall

12 - 13 Jul 18

Spangdahlem AB

16 - 17 Jul 18

Vandenberg AFB

19 - 20 Jul 18

Travis AFB

23 - 24 Jul 18

Beale AFB

26 - 27 Jul 18

Eglin AFB

30 - 31 Jul 18

Keesler AFB

2 - 3 Aug 18

Cannon AFB

6 - 7 Aug 18

Holloman AFB

9 - 10 Aug 18


14 - 15 Aug 18

Buckley AFB

16 - 17 Aug 18

Tinker AFB

20 - 21 Aug 18

Little Rock AFB

23 - 24 Aug 18

Columbus AFB

23 - 24 Aug 18

Arnold AFB

27 - 28 Aug 18


See photos of the event here:

Direct album links for events of 10/11 November 2017

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AWFB 2017 Athlete Orientation

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