COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lynsey Wallace, goaltender for the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team and Army ROTC member, took on a new challenge off the ice this summer when she went to Air Assault School.
“Air Assault School is a 10-day school, consisting of three phases: combat assault, sling load operations, and rappel. We began with around 260 Air Assault students,” Wallace said. “On Day Zero we completed an obstacle course and two-mile run. We lost around 50 students that day alone. We also completed a six-mile ruck in under 90 minutes, a four-mile run in under 36 minutes, and finished, on graduation day, a 12-mile ruck in under three hours.”
Phase one covered the basics of aircraft safety and capabilities, along with the hand and arm signals each student needs to know to do their jobs properly. In phase two the students learned how to rig and inspect all the equipment required to fly an aircraft. “Phase two required intense attention to detail and we long another 50 students during phase testing,” Wallace added. In the final phase the students learned multiple ways to rappel and finished the phase by rappelling from a UH-60 Black Hawk hovering 70 feet in the air.
“In total, 114 students graduated the course that tested me mentally and physically,” Wallace concluded. “I am proud to say I have earned my Air Assault wings.”
Wallace and the Buckeyes are continuing with their summer conditioning ahead of the 2019-20 season, set to get underway with a home series against St. Lawrence set for September 27-28.