FORT McCOY, Wis. – An officer from the 88th Readiness Division competed for the first time as part of a three-person team at the Interallied Federation of Reserve Officers Military Competition, commonly known by its acronym French CIOR (Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers) in Athens, from August 3 to 5, 2022.
The CIOR is an annual competition between NATO and Partnership for Peace countries. This year, 14 countries were in competition. It is rooted in the basic military skills of running, swimming, shooting, and field medicine.
Capt. Joy R. Petway, senior human resources officer for the 88th RD G1, learned about the competition from the G1 Sergeant Major who said, “Petway, this wrote you all over the place. Petway was immediately intrigued and began completing the extensive application process in February 2022, submitting it four months later.
Among other requirements, candidates had to be qualified in arms and show that they had completed a 12-mile forced march in less than three hours. “That one is still awful,” Petway said. “It’s a very fast pace. You can’t step on it and you will keep moving forward and force yourself to do so.
She also practiced hiking with another soldier. “We trained on our own great Sparta trek [Wis.] area that helped with the pairing of the pitch and other skills used in the competition,” Petway said.
Petway had to answer three questions in a narrative format, explaining why she wanted to compete and why she would make a good team member. “Being able to listen, stay open to ideas and follow through is also essential to team dynamics,” she said.
She also had to get approval and recommendations from her chain of command. “Everyone in my direction was so supportive and wanted me to succeed,” she said.
Petway was one of 21 participants on the US team which was divided into seven three-person teams. There were three women’s teams. Only one American team placed, “a bit sad but true,” she said.
The Anchorage native was the team captain of her group consisting of herself and two Air Force Reserve officers. She was called “Orienteer” during orienteering. “I carried the map and was in charge of getting us from one point to another,” she said. “I really loved my teammates and I believe we will be friends for life. I learned a lot from them.”
Prior to the competition in Greece, the team trained at Camp Ethan Allen, Burlington, Vt., July 18-24, where Petway said the first day included a 5-mile 5 a.m. run encouraged by one of the coaches. , a retired Navy SEAL captain. During the selection and training camp, the competitors had to perform timed trials. For the 800 meter race, Petway came first in the women’s race.
The US team also participated in a training camp in Germany from July 24-30 which included rappelling, swimming, orienteering and marksmanship.
Petway noted the experience and motivation of the coaches who are former participants, including a retired female Navy rear admiral, an author and orienteering expert, and a retired Army colonel. . “They are passionate about competition. They train us to become champions, to have a champion mentality, to overcome mental blocks. They make us better people and better leaders.
“Working with such great people, the coaches were so amazing, seeing how successful they were throughout their lives and the potential they saw in us was inspiring,” Petway said.
During the three days of competition, Peway and his team completed a land course with 20 obstacles, a 50-meter water course with three obstacles, an orientation course with 20 checkpoints, a law of war test and a combat medical test with simulated casualties. “The marksmanship was unfortunately canceled due to the dry conditions. They didn’t want another wildfire to break out. To compensate, they added challenges to orienteering,” she said.
Petway said the orienteering was “very hot and you’re running all the time to complete the course in three hours. You go up and down ravines,” she said. “You also need to provide range estimates for different points and throw grenades to earn points.”
As for next year, Petway is already planning its second CIOR competition. “I will definitely start earlier next year. I joined an orientation club; I think it will be fun. I will also spread the word and try to encourage as many soldiers as possible to give it a try because if I can do it anyone can do it.
“I fell in love with the .45 caliber pistol during training, so I will spend more time shooting that gun or just shooting in general,” she said.
Petway also said, “I will be spending a lot of time doing more personal and in-depth work on reflection and using what I’ve already learned through Holistic Health and Fitness for a more balanced approach to my overall training. But the CIOR coaches have taught us to be able to visualize the goals we want to achieve, like negotiating an obstacle. They also taught us about life and how to advance in our careers. It changed my life.
“I’m also going to work on not only getting faster and stronger, but also getting tougher. I’m going to work on how to be a better person,” Petway said.
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