Sheppard AFB folks undergo training to prepare for later in life

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The men and women at Sheppard Air Force Base undergo unique training to help them conquer their fears and prepare them for their service.

It’s an exercise that on the outside just looks like people climbing a telephone pole, but in reality, it’s so much more. 

Airmen and airwomen, Marines and soldiers learn to work together by climbing up telephone poles to prepare them for the field. GySgt. John Paul McCrandall said this training is important.

“They learn the different cultures. Different types of leadership,” McCrandall said. “They learn that yes we all might have our own language in our branches but when you come together you have a common language you can use.”

LCpl Trevon Hippolyte finished the course and he said the mental side is the hardest part.

“I see a lot with other Marines and the other military members here that the mental is the hardest part,” Hippolyte said. “Conquering that fear of heights because a lot of people are physically fit, they just have to get out of that comfort zone.”

McCrandall said this compares them for when they are out of the service as well. 

“It’s just about adapting and overcoming. Getting over your fears. Not being afraid to go outside of your comfort zone and be able to achieve the goals that you want to achieve,” McCrandall said.

But when they conquer that fear, they are able to achieve their goals in the military and hopefully later on in life.

The course lasts a little more than two months and after the service, they would be able to be lineman if that was something they would want to pursue.

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