Cacti meet challenges in Banner Day contests

| October 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Soldiers of 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, compete in a softball game during Cacti Banner Day at Schofield Barracks, Oct. 1. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered recently to give their competitive spirit a boost during Cacti Banner Day, held here, Oct. 1.

The Cacti Bn. Banner Day was comprised of a number of sports, pitting each of the unit’s companies against one another to vie for overall winner in each event. 

Events included soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, combatives and a physically-intensive team competition. 

With Banner Day, Cacti Bn. created a competitive environment to strengthen unit camaraderie and challenge each Soldier physically and mentally.

“It was good for everyone to get an opportunity to build cohesion and get used to operating with a team mentality,” said 2nd Lt. Tyler Weaver, officer in charge of soccer games, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.

Each company in the battalion produced some of its most athletic Soldiers to compete in the events. The team competition was the most physically demanding event, and gave each company a chance to showcase its strongest warrior-athletes. 

“We really had to push each other,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Desierto, Scout Platoon sergeant, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, and the leader of the winning platoon. “As the scout platoon for the commander, we have to make sure we are maintaining a high standard. We are the eyes and ears for the commander during combat, so we wanted to make sure we excelled and pushed ourselves to our limits, to show what we were made of.”

Lt. Col. Colin Tuley (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Jones (left), the command group for 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, present Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, with the official Cacti Banner Day ribbon, Oct. 1. HHC won the most points in all events. (Courtesy of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)Many Soldiers are already aware of how team cohesion and a drive to win will prepare them for combat in the future, especially in battle-focused events like combatives and the team competition, where Soldiers competed in activities that might come in handy in a combat environment. 

“Events like the litter carry, which was part of the team competition, required us to work as a team and rely on each of our teammates,” Desierto said. “The event gave Soldiers an understanding of the exhaustion they will feel in combat and forced them to mentally overcome (the exhaustion) to succeed.

“We treated the competition like any other mission, performing a walk-through rehearsal the day before (and) scouting the stations where we would stop to perform our tasks,” he said. “We even ran the competition route in our combat vests to get a taste of what it would be like.”  

Those not competing in events were more than happy to come and show their support for their fellow Soldiers. Family members were also welcome.

“I was surprised at how full the stands were for the games,” Weaver said. “We had tons of Soldiers and family members come out to show their support. The morale during the day was great. People were showing up to cheer on their teams and were having a great time. 

“Fun days like this create a break in the routine and provide a time for Soldiers to relax from the daily grind of infantry life,” he added.

The Cacti Bn. transformed C-Quad into a social meeting area for Soldiers, families and competitors to mingle, complete with food and even some music.

STAFF SGT. AMBER ROBINSON3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry DivisionSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, “Cacti,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, gathered recently to give their competitive spirit a boost during Cacti Banner Day, held here, Oct. 1.The Cacti Bn. Banner Day was comprised of a number of sports, pitting each of the unit’s companies against one another to vie for overall winner in each event. Events included soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, combatives and a physically-intensive team competition. With Banner Day, Cacti Bn. created a competitive environment to strengthen unit camaraderie and challenge each Soldier physically and mentally.“It was good for everyone to get an opportunity to build cohesion and get used to operating with a team mentality,” said 2nd Lt. Tyler Weaver, officer in charge of soccer games, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT.Each company in the battalion produced some of its most athletic Soldiers to compete in the events. The team competition was the most physically demanding event, and gave each company a chance to showcase its strongest warrior-athletes. “We really had to push each other,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris Desierto, Scout Platoon sergeant, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, and the leader of the winning platoon. “As the scout platoon for the commander, we have to make sure we are maintaining a high standard. We are the eyes and ears for the commander during combat, so we wanted to make sure we excelled and pushed ourselves to our limits, to show what we were made of.”Many Soldiers are already aware of how team cohesion and a drive to win will prepare them for combat in the future, especially in battle-focused events like combatives and the team competition, where Soldiers competed in activities that might come in handy in a combat environment. “Events like the litter carry, which was part of the team competition, required us to work as a team and rely on each of our teammates,” Desierto said. “The event gave Soldiers an understanding of the exhaustion they will feel in combat and forced them to mentally overcome (the exhaustion) to succeed.“We treated the competition like any other mission, performing a walk-through rehearsal the day before (and) scouting the stations where we would stop to perform our tasks,” he said. “We even ran the competition route in our combat vests to get a taste of what it would be like.”  Those not competing in events were more than happy to come and show their support for their fellow Soldiers. Family members were also welcome.“I was surprised at how full the stands were for the games,” Weaver said. “We had tons of Soldiers and family members come out to show their support. The morale during the day was great. People were showing up to cheer on their teams and were having a great time. “Fun days like this create a break in the routine and provide a time for Soldiers to relax from the daily grind of infantry life,” he added.The Cacti Bn. transformed C-Quad into a social meeting area for Soldiers, families and competitors to mingle, complete with food and even some music.

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