94th AAMDC holds first ‘Turkey Bowl’ football game

| December 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Soldier with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command weaves through the defense in preparation to throw a pass during the unit's Turkey Bowl flag football game, Nov. 27.

A Soldier with the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command weaves through the defense in preparation to throw a pass during the unit’s Turkey Bowl flag football game, Nov. 27.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command
Public Affairs

ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — There weren’t any fancy Super Bowl ads, but for the officers and noncommissioned officers of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, the Turkey Bowl on Nov. 27 was the football game of the year.

Bragging rights for the year were at stake for both enlisted and officers as they battled it out to claim the title as the 94th AAMDC Turkey Bowl champions.

The enlisted brought their “A Game,” quickly scoring the first touchdown of the game.

“It was easy; it only took us about 15 seconds to score, ” said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Kirby, member of the enlisted team and 94th AAMDC property book NCO in charge.

However, the officers proved they were a force to be reckoned with when they scored an amazing touchdown minutes before halftime, ending the first half of the game with a close score, 8-5, with the enlisted still in the lead.

“It’s all about strategy and the way you play the game. We have a secret weapon that we are waiting to use,” said Lt. Col Bull Bovee, member of the officer’s team and 94th AAMDC inspector general.

In a grueling gridiron battle, the enlisted defeated the officers, winning 17-14 and obtaining bragging rights for the next year as Turkey Bowl champs. Despite a loss, both teams gave a vigorous show of strength, speed and endurance throughout the game.

“94th was excited about coming out and building unit cohesion through competitive sprit through the fields of friendly strife,” said Capt. Peter Bier, team coordinator and 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Battery commander.

Coming together and working together is what really set the enlisted apart from the officers.

“We had some underrated players who showed up and played really, really well,” said Spc. Willie Merrill, enlisted team quarterback and 94th AAMDC generator mechanic. “There was no one player. It was a collective effort, and we pulled off the win.”

The Turkey Bowl is the ultimate football game that began in 2013 with the 94th AAMDC. It’s traditionally played the week of Thanksgiving. Each team is allowed up to 15 players, all of whom must be assigned or attached to the unit. Additionally, each team must have a female player on the field at all times.

“It was a lot of fun,” said 1st Sgt. Joseph Collins, 94th AAMDC Headquarters and Headquarters Battery first sergeant.

Football in any form is always an enjoyable event, and it really confirms that the holiday seasons are approaching.

 

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