18th MEDCOM (DS) hits the field during unit’s third annual ‘Turkey Bowl’ game

| December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Soldiers of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) held a Thanksgiving prayer breakfast at the Hale Ikena, here, Nov. 22, and took to the field for the annual “Turkey Bowl,” Nov. 23.

“Thanksgiving should be a way of life; it should be an attitude of gratitude that you practice every single day and people want to see in you something different because you are aware how much you have been blessed,” said Col. Jack Van Dyken, command chaplain, U.S. Army-Pacific.

During the prayer breakfast, Van Dyken asked Capt. Vickee Wolcott, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 18th MEDCOM (DS), to fill a jar with golf balls, small rocks, smaller pebbles, sand and water.

“Let’s say this jar represents your life. The golf balls represent those things that are most important to us, our family, our relationship to God, our hobbies,” he said. “The small rocks will be things like your job and the sand; that’s just extra fillers, the nice things to have. If we start out filling the jar in reverse order, there would not be room for the most important things in our lives.

“That’s how many people’s lives are; they fill their lives up and their time with insignificant extra nice things, and they neglect those things that are most important,” Van Dyken added. “Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our priorities, the things that count in life.”

The Turkey Bowl pitted 18th MEDCOM (DS) officers against the unit’s enlisted Soldiers in a battle for the annual Turkey Bowl trophy. The unit has held the game the last three years. The enlisted Soldiers reclaimed the trophy in a close game that always comes down to the last play.


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