Officers defeated in 18th MEDCOM’s Turkey Bowl

| December 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
Col. Erin Edgar, commander, 18th MEDCOM, prepares to launch a pass during the unit’s Turkey Bowl, Nov. 24, an annual game played the day before Thanksgiving, pitting officers against enlisted personnel. ( Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson | 18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs)

Col. Erin Edgar, commander, 18th MEDCOM, prepares to launch a pass during the unit’s Turkey Bowl, Nov. 24, an annual game played the day before Thanksgiving, pitting officers against enlisted personnel. ( Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson | 18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs)

Story and Photos by
Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Deployment Support Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — The 18th Medical Deployment Support Command ground out a nonstop, 60-minute game of E-Ball where unit officers battled the enlisted Soldiers in the “Turkey Bowl,” here, Nov. 24.

The enlisted Soldiers reclaimed the trophy in a close game that came down to the last play of the game.

E-Ball is similar to flag football.

“The Turkey Bowl is great for esprit de corps and team building for the unit, and cardio endurance is always good for physical fitness and combat readiness,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Dwyer, 18th MEDCOM.

When asked if the officers will win next year, Dwyer replied, “If, and only if, all enlisted Soldiers in the 18th receive direct commissions.”

Game tradition has the commander playing with the enlisted team or the command sergeant major playing with the officers. This year, Dwyer played with the officers.

“Next year, the officers will beat the enlisted (Soldiers),” said Maj. Francisco Romero, chief of communications. “We will not have to play with a handicap.”

“Sports help to bring out the true measure of an individual,” said Capt. Timothy Godbey, theater patient movement officer. “I enjoy competing against individuals I work with.”

Sgt. Taysia Jackson, paralegal, accepted the trophy for the enlisted Soldiers.

“I think that the game brought all of us together as one unit,” Jackson said. “We got to not only have fun, but to play a game that we don’t often play and show skills that are not captured in the things that we do day to day.”

This is the unit’s second Turkey Bowl. The unit plans to hold the traditional game annually, the day before Thanksgiving.

 

Tags: , ,

Category: Community

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *