Tropic Lightning celebrates history, birthday, next week

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of 2nd SBCT "Warrior Brigade" compete in a tug-of-war  during the 2008 Tropic Lightning Challenge. This year, 25th ID brigades will be present for the first time in more than a decade, as none are currently deployed.

Soldiers of 2nd SBCT “Warrior Brigade” compete in a tug-of-war during the 2008 Tropic Lightning Challenge. This year, 25th ID brigades will be present for the first time in more than a decade, as none are currently deployed.

Story and photos by
25th Infantry Division
Public Affairs Office

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Oct. 1, 1941 … to some it is only a date of the past.

To those who have served within the 25th Infantry Division, it is the start of the division’s history.

The division is scheduled to celebrate its 77th birthday next week with Tropic Lightning Week (TLW), an annual three-day event filled with unit competitions to enhance esprit de corps, comprised with a variety of combat skill and physical fitness events, Oct. 1-3.

The celebration beings with thousands of Tropic Lightning Soldiers lined up in formation on Weyand Field to kick off a week of festivities with a division run, Tuesday morning.

TLW is scheduled to have competitions in sports, marksmanship, combat fitness, Makahiki, combatives and “Lightning Elite” events. The competitions will be score-based to determine which brigade wins the Commanders Cup on the final day, the Tropic Lightning birthday celebration.

The 2013 celebration will be the first time in the past 10 years that all three brigades will be present for TLW. Previously units were deployed during this time.

Keeping Score

TLW events will take place at areas in and around Schofield Barracks and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Follow the 25th ID Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/25thid for event updates, and the 25th ID website at www.25idl.army.mil/ to get real-time competition stats during TLW.

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