500th MI Bde. defeats ‘Wolfhounds’ in Right Arm Night tug-of-war

| September 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Tara Scully
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Soldiers with the 500th MI Bde. compete against 2nd Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, in the tug-of-war contest at Right Arm Night, Sept. 10, at the Nehelani, Schofield Barracks. (Allan Criss | Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Testosterone was pumping at “Right Arm Night,” Sept. 10, at the Nehelani, here, as the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, faced off against the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade for the tug-of-war championship.

The Wolfhounds showed up in full force with the highest unit attendance for the night, ready to intimidate and eliminate its competition.  

At first, no one was willing to challenge the defending tug-of-war champs. However, with a little persuasion, the 500th MI Bde. rallied enough support to take on the Wolfhounds.   

The 500th came out victorious and walked away with $250 in Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation unit funds and championship bragging rights, until the next Right Arm Night competition.  

“To the non-competing units, I would have to say, you did the right thing,” said 1st Sgt. Keith Humphries, 500th MI Bde. “There never really was a chance to defeat the mighty 500th MI Bde. anyway, so why try? Before coming after the mighty, mighty 500th at the next Right Arm Night, challengers should consider the weeks of recovery time needed for the mind and body following the competition. What a shame it would be for you to put forth all that effort and still walk away losers.”

The Wolfhounds attribute their loss to their bare feet and are petitioning for everyone to compete barefoot in the next competition.  

The Wolfhounds, however, did not walk away empty-handed. One Soldier won the grand prize drawing for a Nintendo Wii and, as first-place winner in the Texas Hold ‘em tournament, 1st Sgt. Samuel Banogan won a $50 gift certificate from the Hale Koa. 

FMWR organized Right Arm Night. Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI, said he is pleased with unit participation and support of the Right Arm Night events. 

“It’s great seeing units and commands socializing together and seeing people from different units socializing as well,” he said. “It is a part of our Army culture to take time out of our busy schedules and spend time together in a setting away from work. It strengthens our teams and builds camaraderie.”

“This was my first experience at the FMWR Right Arm Night in Hawaii, but will not be my last,” Humphries said. 

He added that his initial perception of Right Arm Night, before attending, was that it would be more formal. However, he soon realized it was actually designed to be fun. He said that Right Arm Night provided him an opportunity to mingle with other noncommissioned officers and officers.

Dana Spalding, program analyst, FMWR, and Right Arm Night organizer, is thrilled about this feedback and said this is exactly what the new club strategy is trying to achieve.

“We want our Soldiers to know that FMWR does offer events (for) Soldiers, free of baby bouncers, that are directly geared at them having a good time and building camaraderie in the community,” she said.    

The next Right Arm Night is scheduled for Nov. 5, at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter. 

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