Deployed Moody members overcome 10-mile road race at Balad

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  • By Lt. Col. Steve Gregg
  • 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron commander
Nine members of the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron completed the Army 10-miler road race here Oct. 10. The first Airman and fourth overall finisher, with a time of 1:03:40, was Senior Airman Nate Simonson, a pararescueman deployed from the 56th Rescue Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

Preparing for the new Air Force fitness test, the 64th ERQS is targeting aerobic ability during their deployment here. Despite working 12-plus hours a day and being on 24/7 alert, the crew boasted some competitive times.

Lt. Col. Steve Gregg, 64th ERQS commander deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., finished seventh overall at 1:05:22. Senior Airman Josh Kruse finished in 1:10:10; Capt. Luke Bates finished in 1:15:40; Staff Sgt. Jeremy Diola finished in 1:16:37; Capt. Anibal Aguirre finished in 1:17:45; 1st Lt. Erin Hannon finished in 1:18:25; Master Sgt. Louis Distelzweig finished in 1:23:15; and Senior Airman Guy Coggins finished his first 10-miler at 1:25:24.

The 64th ERQS, which conducts personnel recovery operations throughout Iraq, is composed of Airmen from the 56th RQS and the 41st RQS at Moody.