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NCOA, ALS compete in Academy Olympiad

Members of the NCO Academy Falcon flight attempt to spell the word "win" during the human puzzle phase of the NCO Academy/Airman Leadership School Combat Challenge March 14 on the Erwin Professional Military Education Center grounds. This is the first combat challenge between the two schools. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

Members of the NCO Academy Falcon flight attempt to spell the word "win" during the human puzzle phase of the NCO Academy/Airman Leadership School Combat Challenge March 14 on the Erwin Professional Military Education Center grounds. This is the first combat challenge between the two schools. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

Members from the Erwin NCO Academy Phantom flight assemble a jigsaw puzzle during the puzzle relay phase of the NCO Academy/Airman Leadership School Combat Challenge March 14 on the Erwin Professional Military Education Center grounds. During this phase, members collected a puzzle piece from a pick-up point and delivered the piece to an assembly point until all 100 pieces were collected. This is the first combat challenge between the two schools.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

Members from the Erwin NCO Academy Phantom flight assemble a jigsaw puzzle during the puzzle relay phase of the NCO Academy/Airman Leadership School Combat Challenge March 14 on the Erwin Professional Military Education Center grounds. During this phase, members collected a puzzle piece from a pick-up point and delivered the piece to an assembly point until all 100 pieces were collected. This is the first combat challenge between the two schools. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Green of Kadena’s 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron jumps rope backwards during the Olympiad. Sergeant Green is currently attending the NCO Academy as a member of Eagle flight.  (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

Tech. Sgt. Joseph Green of Kadena’s 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron jumps rope backwards during the Olympiad. Sergeant Green is currently attending the NCO Academy as a member of Eagle flight. (Air Force/Senior Airman Nestor Cruz)

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Kadena's Erwin Professional Military Education Center pitted students from the NCO Academy against those from the Airman Leadership School in a battle of strength, wits and skill. 

The Academy Olympiad, held March 14, is the first such event between the two schools. At the end of the Olympiad, ALS Talon flight emerged as the champions. 

"The NCO Academy has always conducted an Olympiad for its students, but this is the first time we've had the NCOA students compete against students from ALS," said Master Sgt. Thomas Stiles, Erwin PME Center director of operations. 

"The Olympiad was designed to promote team building and give everyone a chance to have some fun with their classmates," he added. "We'll definitely do this again for future classes." 

The Olympiad consisted of seven events: puzzle relay, physical fitness event, one-mile relay on a skateboard, question-and-answer session, finding the "prisoner" using tap codes, and spelling out human-size words.