1st SFG(A) Soldiers Summit Mount St. Helens

FORT LEWIS, WA – Soldiers of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) got a chance to relax and view one of America’s natural landmarks during a Single Soldiers Retreat trip to Mount St. Helens July 15.

The trip to the 8,365-foot tall volcano was organized by the Group’s unit ministry team for single Soldiers. It was designed to reduce stress and promote unit cohesion while conducting a healthy activity for participants. The trip also served to improve Soldiers’ spiritual fitness. Mount St. Helens is most noted for its devastating eruption on May 18, 1980.

Spc. Audiffred Laboy, a Soldier in the 1st SFG(A)’s Group Support Battalion, said the trip was “awesome.”

“We don’t have a lot of stuff for single Soldiers to do,” said Laboy when describing why the trip was special to him. “It was spectacular, especially when you reach the top.”

Laboy added that he would “definitely” do the climb again if provided the chance.

Staff Sgt. Andy Fuccillo, a chaplain assistant in the Group’s headquarters, said the trip was a success and that he looks forward to doing it again.

“It was a fun day out of the office,” said Fuccillo. “We got some great exercise, and got a chance to get to know other people in the unit.”

Fuccillo added that the Group’s unit ministry teams will continue to plan more trips in the future.

The next excursion for 1st SFG(A) single Soldiers will be a white-water rafting trip near White Salmon, Wash., scheduled for August 5.

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