Face of Defense: Marine Becomes ‘One Man Army’

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. — Marine Corps Sgt. Col­in M. Bell, an avi­a­tion sup­ply spe­cial­ist with Avi­a­tion Logis­tics Squadron 16 here, beat the com­pe­ti­tion dur­ing an episode of Dis­cov­ery Channel’s “One Man Army” tele­vi­sion show that aired Sept. 2.

Marine Corps Sgt. Col­in M. Bell, an avi­a­tion sup­ply spe­cial­ist with Avi­a­tion Logis­tics Squadron 16 at Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Mira­mar, recent­ly beat the com­pe­ti­tion in an episode of Dis­cov­ery Channel’s tele­vi­sion show “One Man Army” that aired Sept. 2, 2011. Bell won the title and a $10,000 prize.
Marine Corps pho­to by Lance Cpl. Eri­ca DiS­al­vo
Click to enlarge

The show pits four com­peti­tors, also known as “oper­a­tives,” in a test of speed, strength and intel­li­gence for a $10,000 prize. “Each episode tries to have all branch­es of ser­vices rep­re­sent­ed,” said Bell, an Ann Arbor, Mich., native. “I com­pet­ed against an Army cap­tain, an Air Force major and a Dal­las police offi­cer. I was, of course, rep­re­sent­ing the Marine Corps.” 

The show begins with four oper­a­tives com­pet­ing in a phys­i­cal one-on-one chal­lenge. The two win­ners of the first chal­lenge then com­pete in a final, intel­li­gence-based com­pe­ti­tion toward the cash prize and title of One Man Army. 

Bell’s appear­ance on the show fea­tured com­peti­tors nego­ti­at­ing a tough obsta­cle course for their first challenge. 

“We had to start off by repelling down a rope, grab­bing ammo cans, nav­i­gat­ing through a bar­ri­er, then car­ry­ing some pro­gres­sive­ly heav­ier ammo cans up a hill,” Bell said. “We end­ed by fir­ing a pis­tol at var­i­ous tar­gets, which was dif­fi­cult at that point because we were real­ly out of breath. It was hard to con­trol your breath­ing. I came out about eight sec­onds before the oth­er guy and first in time.” 

The final com­pe­ti­tion involved the oper­a­tives hang­ing upside-down from a rope tied around their feet while they unlocked four safe com­bi­na­tion codes. The codes were made up of var­i­ous types of puz­zles, requir­ing con­tes­tants to focus despite being upside-down. Every safe con­tained a piece of a weapon that the con­tes­tant had to put togeth­er and use to shoot at the rope hold­ing them up. 

“Up until that point I had won every chal­lenge, but the way that they aired it, it real­ly seemed like I was quite a bit behind,” Bell said. 

Bell fin­ished open­ing the last safe while his com­peti­tor, the Air Force major, still had two safes remain­ing to open. 

“My favorite part of the show was the moment when I opened that fourth safe,” Bell said. “I real­ized that I was actu­al­ly about to win. I did­n’t real­ly get ner­vous for the chal­lenges, but I did get anx­ious. As soon as it start­ed though, I put on my game face and got tun­nel vision. That’s when it gets easy.” 

Bell has trained with this kind of focus on oth­er com­pe­ti­tions out­side of the tele­vi­sion shows as well. He has tak­en first place among all mil­i­tary par­tic­i­pants in the last four triathlons he has com­pet­ed in, and is cur­rent­ly prepar­ing for another. 

Bell’s ulti­mate goal, he said, is to become a pro­fes­sion­al triath­lete with­in the next three years. 

The tele­vi­sion show’s pro­duc­ers told Bell he may have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to appear on “One Man Army” again. 

“They did tell me pos­si­bly in the future they might do an all-star episode that I would get to be a part of,” Bell said. “That would be great, and I would def­i­nite­ly go back.” 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

Face­book and/or on Twit­ter

Team GlobDef

Seit 2001 ist GlobalDefence.net im Internet unterwegs, um mit eigenen Analysen, interessanten Kooperationen und umfassenden Informationen für einen spannenden Überblick der Weltlage zu sorgen. GlobalDefence.net war dabei die erste deutschsprachige Internetseite, die mit dem Schwerpunkt Sicherheitspolitik außerhalb von Hochschulen oder Instituten aufgetreten ist.

Alle Beiträge ansehen von Team GlobDef →