25th CAB officer introduces fellow warriors to water polo

| October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenneth Powell, chief food adviser for 25th CAB, reaches for a pass from his teammate at the first day of the water polo competition at Richardson Pool, Oct. 6, during Tropic Lightning Week 2014.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenneth Powell, chief food adviser for 25th CAB, reaches for a pass from his teammate at the first day of the water polo competition at Richardson Pool, Oct. 6, during Tropic Lightning Week 2014.

Sgt. Jessica DuVernay
25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD —Tropic Lightning Week gave Soldiers the time to build esprit de corps through competitions of combat skill and physical fitness.

For many, the competitions offered a refreshing break from the traditional workday to enjoy some fun.

However, this wasn’t the case for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kenneth Powell, chief food adviser for 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, who pointedly participates in every team or competitive sport he can get his hands on.

“I’m an adrenaline junky, which is probably why my wife won’t let me have another motorcycle,” Powell joked.

Powell learned to swim at the age of 2 and was introduced to water polo in high school. He continues to compete in the sport.

He was happy when he received orders to report to Hawaii, last year, because he likes the water and was already affiliated with 25th ID in Alaska.

“I grew up in the water, so when I got here, I started getting back into water sports,” Powell said.

His most recent water sport competition was the Fourth of July Hui Paddleboard Race, a 4-mile competition from Sunset Beach to Waimea. Powell placed in the top 10 percent of 500 competitors.

“Any local water sport competition there is that I can sign up for, I will,” said Powell. “When I saw that water polo was an event for Tropic Lightning Week, I immediately gravitated to it. I was the first one to sign up from (Headquarters and Headquarters Company), 25th CAB,” Powell explained.

However, upon meeting the rest of his team, Powell realized he might have been alone in his thirst for water sport competition. He soon discovered that he was the only one on his team who had ever played water polo. Another factor was the use of floatation devices for the safety of the players.

“I understood that they were integrating the novice individual, and allowing all skill levels to enjoy playing water polo,” Powell said.

After meeting with him, Powell’s teammates realized they weren’t on the same page.

“I was so excited to be on the water polo team with Chief Powell,” said 1st Lt. Brittany Hampton, executive officer, HHC, 25th CAB. “I walked up to him, smiling, and said, ‘Chief, I’m going to play water polo with you.’ … He, for the first time, got serious. He said, ‘Do you know how to play?’ He then told me how competitive he really is, and I realized what I had gotten myself into.”

“My team relied on my knowledge of water polo and my ability to guide them,” said Powell. “I was the only one who knew how to play, but once they understood the concept, they very much picked it up, and we even went into overtime,” he said.

Powell’s team led, 2-0, for the majority of the game. In the final minute, the game was tied and went into overtime. Ultimately, they were defeated, 4-2.

“My main focus was to have fun, to win and to try not to embarrass my mom, my dad and my brigade commander. I don’t like losing. I don’t even like losing to my 9-year-old daughter,” Powell joked. “But it was a great learning experience and team-building event.”

Powell’s teammates had fun and learned a lot about a sport they didn’t know before.

“Next year, we will be ready,” Powell said, with determination. “Now that the team knows about the sport, we can hold practices and really focus on our techniques, rather than just learning about the game.”

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