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NEWS | July 27, 2017

Ninjas take over JB Charleston

By U.S. Navy Ensign Rob Donnelly Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

An American Warrior competition will be held on the Globemaster Court in the Air Base Fitness Center Aug. 5 and Sept. 9.

The American Warrior competition takes place on a functional fitness-based obstacle course similar to the courses seen on the NBC television show, “American Ninja Warrior.” The course will be installed on the Globemaster Court at the air base fitness center.

“Alpha Warrior is bringing a new component of fitness to JB Charleston,” said 1st Lt. Lainie Long, 628th Force Support Squadron fitness and sports officer in charge. “We are so excited to see these incredible athletes conquer the rig while the JB Charleston community can come out to see if they have what it takes!”

The Air Force’s Alpha Warrior hosts, Brent Steffensen and Rebekah Bonilla, both former finalists from “American Ninja Warrior” will conduct meet and greet events at the Bowman Center on the Weapons Station from 11 p.m. until 12 p.m., and will be at the Air Base Exchange from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Registration and qualifying for the regional competition, celebrity demonstrations and a chance to try the course will take place Aug. 5. Registration for the regional competition will begin at 12 p.m and celebrity demonstrations will take place at 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to become familiar with the course at 1 p.m. Finally, those interested in competing in the regional competition will have the opportunity to qualify at 2 p.m. for youth and 3 p.m. (after the celebrity demonstration) for adults.

The regional competition will take place Sept. 9. Other bases competing at JB Charleston are Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Moody AFB, Georgia, Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina and Robins AFB, Georgia. The competition is divided into three tiers based on age: 13-17 years old, 18-30 years old and 31+ years old. The top three males and females from each category win prizes. The top Air Force male and female contestants in each group go on to compete in San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 11.

After the competition is complete, the obstacle course will remain in the fitness center for use by base personnel.

For more information, visit, or contact the Fitness Center.