2014 MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE
September 29, 2014 AGC Monday Morning Quarterback Article:
Oorah! 252 AGC members compete in the 2014
MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE
By Marcy Knopman, AGC's Bootcamp "Recruiter"
This past Saturday, for the 3rd consecutive year, AGC participated, as well
as sponsored, the MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE. This event is a
collaborative effort with the AGC Build & Serve Committee and the AGC
Safety Committee. Proceeds from our registration will go to support our
military heroes through the efforts of the Marine Corps Community Services,
the Wounded Warrior Project, and Words of Comfort, Hope & Promise.
Thanks to our participating AGC members and firms, we are proud to
announce we have raised a total of $11,866, which will make a difference in
the lives of our Marines/Wounded Warriors and their families, who selflessly make a difference in our lives by protecting us each and every day!
The San Diego construction
industry is a strong supporter of
our military presence in San
Diego, and AGC's support of this
event is a small way that our
industry demonstrates our
appreciation of all the sacrifices
those in the military make for our
country, and all the opportunities
the military provides our industry
to build the facilities on the
various bases located in Southern
Our team motto is very apropos..."WE BUILD WHAT THEY PROTECT."
The MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Civilians are provided access to the base during Fleet Week for a furious 3-
mile course featuring obstacles, which includes rope crawls, scaling walls,
climbing over haystacks, crawling through pipes, climbing over logs, push-up
station, etc. This exact course is used by Marine Recruits during their intense
12-week basic training here in our very own backyard. Our members get
a taste of the physically and mentally challenging training the recruits
encounter during their rigorous training; the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in
San Diego is where real "Marines are made!"
This event would not have been successful without the support of our
Thank you in supporting TEAM AGC:
Major Team AGC Shirt Sponsor: 2 Brothers Construction
Team AGC Shirt Sponsors:
1st Aid Response, Inc.
Cavignac & Associates
Cox Construction Co.
Greenlight Compliance Solutions
Kirkpatrick & Associates
On-Site Health & Safety
Scholefield Construction Law
Statewide Traffic Safety & Signs
Thirst Quencher Sponsor: Erickson-Hall Construction
Fuel Sponsor: KIND nutrition bars
Dog Tag Sponsor: Stronghold Engineering
Beer Garden Sponsor: SMART Safety Group
This year, 36 AGC member companies were a part of TEAM AGC.
Click here to view the list of participating AGC companies. We expect those AGC
firms who did not compete this year to represent in next year's MCRD
BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE...so Save the Date: 09.26.15
The event ran seamlessly thanks to our team of awesome volunteers:
Chris Malicki, SMART Safety Group
Eric Le and crew, 2 Brothers Construction
Ignacio Montano, Acme Safety & Supply Corp.
Alfredo Martinez, 1st Aid Response
Julia Hope, Erickson-Hall Construction
Shea Kirkpatrick, Kirkpatrick &Associates
Pam Scholefield and Bryan Weaver, Scholefield & Associates
Maria Quiroz, Airport Authority
Patrice and Jeffrey Gold
Former Marine Ryan Sprague and Brooke
Jamie Scrubb, Navy
Joe Meads and Scott Steeves, SMART Safety Group
Mike Caples, Contractor News & Views
2013 MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE
September 30, 2013 AGC Monday Morning Quarterback Article:
Oorah! 300 AGC members compete in the 2013
MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE on Saturday,
September 28, 2013
By Marcy Knopman, AGC's Bootcamp "Recruiter"
The Build & Serve Committee, once again, chose the MCRD BOOTCAMP
CHALLENGE as one of their "giving back to the community" projects. The
San Diego construction industry is a strong supporter of our military
presence in San Diego, and AGC's support of this event is a small way that
our industry demonstrates our appreciation of all the sacrifices those in the
military make for our country, and all the opportunities the military provides
our industry to build the facilities on the various bases located in Southern
This was the 2nd year that AGC sponsored and participated in the MCRD Bootcamp Challenge.
AGC "recruited" 300 AGC members and their
family/friends to form "TEAM AGC", the largest representation of any
organization at the event. AGC definitely made an impression with their
black and lime green shirts, (designed by Jessica Kovack and Marcy
Knopman) imprinted with the team motto: WE BUILD WHAT THEY
Last year, 150 AGC members, hailing from 34 AGC companies, represented
TEAM AGC, resulting in an $8,500 contribution to the Marine Corps
Community Services, (MCCS), which provides essential programs that
enhance the life of the Marines and their families serving in San Diego.
This year, we had a record number of 300 AGC members, family, and
friends, from 53 companies, who joined together in solidarity to form "TEAM AGC," and successfully raised an astounding $12,800 to support
MCCS, as well as the Wounded Warrior Homes, which supports our soldiers
from oversees with traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress
A real honor was when Commanding General Beerman stopped by our VIP
area to thank Jim Ryan and AGC for their sponsorship, participation, and
support for the military. We presented CG Beerman with an AGC jacket
and a Safety Committee challenge coin, which he very much appreciated.
The MCRD BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE is a fun and furious 3-mile course
featuring obstacles, such as rope crawls, scaling walls, haystacks, crawling
through pipes, climbing over logs, etc., used only by Marine Recruits at the
Marine Recruit Depot during their intense 12 week basic training. Our
participants got a taste of the physically and mentally challenging course,
and were "encouraged" along the way at each obstacle by MCRD Drill
Instructors. Racers compete as an elite, individual, or a member of a 3-
person or 5-person team.
Jon Krause from Flatiron West, Los Angeles says it all, "As a Mustang
Captain in the Marine Corps, "unity of effort and high motivation can
accomplish anything," ~ Semper Fi.
One of our very own TEAM AGC 5-person team, and new AGC member, 2
Brothers Construction, placed 1st amongst all the 5-person team
competing in the race. This is quite a feat, and a big congratulations to the 2
Brothers Construction Team.
We named our first 12 racers who crossed the finish line our "Dirty
Dozen." The Dirty Dozen received an AGC towel for all their sweat and
determination to finish the race in record time, and they were:
Angela Fassett, SMART Safety Group; Alex Quindt, Marks, Finch,
Thornton & Baird, LLP; Evelyn Zaragoza, Erickson-Hall; Gladys
Balderas, Volunteer from Wounded Warrior Homes; Katelyn Kingsley,
Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP, and the Kirkpatrick sisters (tie
between Shea and Sutton) from Kirkpatrick & Associates.
Johnny McClelland, Bobby Lipton, SMART Safety Group; Rob
Fassett, SMART Safety Group; John Renquist, Balfour Beatty
Construction; Steve Fleming, Erickson-Hall Construction; and Bill
We will have to wait for the race times to be posted on www.bootcampchallenge.com website to view the final times for TEAM AGC
to determine our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male/female winners.
In the meantime, the company with the largest "battalion" was awarded to SMART Safety Group with 17 "recruits." Congratulations.
The member companies who participated in the challenge were: 2 Brothers
Construction; Apprenticeship Staff; Angus Asphalt, Inc.; Balfour Beatty
Construction; Baker Electric; Bergelectric Corp.; Big R Bridge; BPI
Plumbing; Casper Company; Cavignac & Associates; CleanFleets.net;
CMR Risk & Insurance Services, Inc; Cox Construction Co.; C.W.
Driver; DFS Flooring; Dr Demo; Erickson-Hall Construction Co.; EWA
Software Solutions; Filanc Construction; Flatiron; Granite Construction;
Harper Construction; J.P Jonas + Associates, Inc.; Jackson & Blanc;
Johnson, Finch & McClure Construction, Inc.; KevCon; KR Wolfe; Kyne
Construction; Layfield Environmental Systems Corp.; LCPtracker,
Inc.; Mahan Insurance Brokers, LLC; Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird,
LLP; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Neal Electric; Old Town Trolley Tours; Oldcastle Precast, Inc.; On-Site Health & Safety; PCLConstruction Services, Inc.' PRAVA Construction Services, Inc; Romero
General Construction Corp.; Ritchie Brothers; SDSU; SMART Safety
Group; Soil Retention; Stanek Constructors, Inc.; Statewide Traffic
Safety & Signs, Inc.; Stronghold Engineering; Sundt Construction, Inc.;
T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.; Volvo Construction Equipment & Services;
West Coast Air Conditioning Co., Inc.; and Volunteers from Wounded
Visit the official MCRD San Diego Bootcamp Challenge website for additional information. www.bootcampchallenge.com
2 Brothers Construction's 5-person team 1st place winners from left to right: Trevor
Garcia, Dillion Cao, Eric Le, Mark Doan, and Dorian Cao