Polo, unit challenge highlight local Army birthday celebration festivities

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
WAIKIKI — The U.S. Army-Pacific color guard posts the colors to kick off events of the 237th Army Commemoration Ball, held at the Hilton Hawaii Village, here, June 15. (Courtesy of U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

The U.S. Army-Pacific color guard posts the colors to kick off events of the 237th Army Commemoration Ball, held at the Hilton Hawaii Village, here, June 15. (Courtesy of U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Cashmere Jefferson
U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — About 2,200 people came out to Palm Circle, here, June 16, for an afternoon of entertainment that capped off a week of events celebrating the Army’s 237th birthday.

The celebration started with children’s activities, vintage vehicle displays and a working dog demonstration put on by the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, before the Army Birthday Unit Challenge began.

During the challenge, units competed in events such as tug of war, a ski race, a best beverage and best dessert contest, musical chairs and spirit points. The 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC, earned first place bragging rights; Schofield Barracks Health Clinic came in second.

“There were a variety of events for the kids and people all ages, and the unit events were great,” said Staff Sgt. Rashana Dunn, Pediatrics and OB/GYN clinics, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic.

One the evening’s highlights was the Army Gold versus Army Black polo match.

“This was my first polo match, and I really found the game to be very exciting,” Dunn said. “I didn’t know they had female polo players, and I was very impressed. Despite the rain, I really had a great time and can’t wait for the next polo event.”

The polo match ended in a tie at six goals apiece. At the end of the game, Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, USARPAC, congratulated the players.

“As we honor the 237th birthday of our Army, we close the week with one of our oldest Army traditions,” Wiercinski said. “This is what it’s all about.”

Following an awards ceremony, an 8th TSC flag detail retired the colors, and Palm Circle became a giant dance floor as a deejay played music into the night.

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