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A team from the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard begins the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. with clean clothes and high spirits on May 19, 2012.  About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

A team from the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard begins the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. with clean clothes and high spirits on May 19, 2012. About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team plow through the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012.  About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team plow through the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

1st Lt. James Mattson runs through a muddy situation at the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard made up one team, and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

1st Lt. James Mattson runs through a muddy situation at the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard made up one team, and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

1st Lt. James Mattson (left) takes a fall while his teammates keep moving at the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard made up one team, and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

1st Lt. James Mattson (left) takes a fall while his teammates keep moving at the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard made up one team, and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team plow through the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012.  About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team plow through the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team pause for a moment during the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012.  Front row left to right: Staff Sgt. Greg White, Capt. Chris Wolf, Maj. Dominic Ehman, Tech. Sgt. Aubree Roberts, 1st Lt. Stacy Nephew, Tech. Sgt. Rose Vlaisavljevich, Tech. Sgt. CeCe Young, 1st Lt. James Mattson. Back row left to right: Tech. Sgt. Matthew Monjes, Capt. Jackie Wheeler, Airman 1st Class Jordan Berry. There were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team pause for a moment during the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. Front row left to right: Staff Sgt. Greg White, Capt. Chris Wolf, Maj. Dominic Ehman, Tech. Sgt. Aubree Roberts, 1st Lt. Stacy Nephew, Tech. Sgt. Rose Vlaisavljevich, Tech. Sgt. CeCe Young, 1st Lt. James Mattson. Back row left to right: Tech. Sgt. Matthew Monjes, Capt. Jackie Wheeler, Airman 1st Class Jordan Berry. There were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team celebrate getting over a tough obstacle at the Tough Mudder in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012.  About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard team celebrate getting over a tough obstacle at the Tough Mudder in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. About a dozen Aeromeds made up one team and there were at least a dozen others from the 133rd Airlift Wing getting muddy for exercise, camaraderie, and to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior project. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Minnesota Air National Guard member Staff Sgt. Greg White kisses his wife Tiffany during a quick break in the middle of the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012.  White had just returned from a deployment four days earlier, but still participated with a team of Airmen from the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.  U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Minnesota Air National Guard member Staff Sgt. Greg White kisses his wife Tiffany during a quick break in the middle of the Tough Mudder obstacle course in Somerset, Wis. on May 19, 2012. White had just returned from a deployment four days earlier, but still participated with a team of Airmen from the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young

Somerset, Wis. -- About a dozen members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participated in the Tough Mudder May 19, 2012 here. The team was enthusiastic to represent the Minnesota Air National Guard in the more than ten mile obstacle course. It was laced with icy pools, high walls, electrified obstacles, and of course lots of mud. Most of all they were happy to help out the Wounded Warrior Project, the main cause of the event.

The team explained how their military training helped, especially in the mental aspect of the course. They also said that it also brought them together as a team. They were very motivated by the military emphasis before the start, as the host explained stories of wounded veterans completing the course. The National Anthem was played just before the 10:00 a.m. start, as one last boost.

There were other members from the 133rd Airlift Wing scattered throughout the course also participating. Maj. Mark Hansen or the Judge Advocate section ran with some police officers that he works with in his civilian job and he said it was a great course to test his abilities.

"The military teaches you to overcome - adapt and overcome," he said before starting.
He continued to say how it was great to see different people from the military past and present out encouraging each other and swapping old stories.

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Tough Mudder has raised more than three million dollars to support the Wounded Warrior Project.