TLW – Division kicks off Tropic Lightning Week

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th Infantry Division Commanding General, and the division staff lead the formation in an esprit de corps run Oct 5, here, to begin the annual celebration known as Tropic Lightning Week. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, 25th Infantry Division Commanding General, and the division staff lead the formation in an esprit de corps run Oct 5, here, to begin the annual celebration known as Tropic Lightning Week. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Ian Ives
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division enjoyed a week of friendly competition, Oct. 5-8, during this year’s Tropic Lightning Week to celebrate the Division’s 74th birthday.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier from 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tries to defend the soccer ball from the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier from 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, tries to defend the soccer ball from the Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, during the soccer tournament of Tropic Lightning Week, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Tropic Lightning Week provides an outlet for Soldiers to build esprit de corps and unit cohesion through competitive sporting and combat-related events.

This year, Soldiers had an opportunity to participate and be spectators during more than 10 events, including flag football, soccer, tug of war and a combative competition.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Two Soldiers fight for second base at the softball competition, Tuesday, during Tropic Lightning Week, here. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives; 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Two Soldiers fight for second base at the softball competition, Tuesday, during Tropic Lightning Week, here. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives; 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

“Tropic Lightning Week is a great opportunity to spread unit cohesion by having friendly competition,” said 1st Lt. Matthew Kyper. “This also gives us time to spend with our families and showcase what we can do and who we are as a division.”

Kyper, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., and an engineer officer with Company A, 65th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, is the officer in charge of the Ultimate Frisbee competition.

“At my event, I am working to provide an atmosphere for healthy competition and good sportsmanship for those participating,” said Kyper.

Creating an environment for Soldiers to enjoy themselves is the spirit of TLW. Not only is it a time to honor the 25th ID with pride, but a time for Soldiers to take a breather from their traditional duties.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — At the softball field, here, Oct. 5, Soldiers from all units slugged it out in the softball competition for Tropic Lightning Week. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives; 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — At the softball field, here, Oct. 5, Soldiers from all units slugged it out in the softball competition for Tropic Lightning Week. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives; 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

“This is a great week for the unit,” said Sgt. Flores Manuel, a native of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, and an infantryman with 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd SBCT. “It allows us to ease off from thinking about work and play some sports. Soldiers get to relive some of their old hobbies and just have a good time.”

This is Manuel’s first time experiencing TLW. He is participating in the softball competition, and he is hopeful that his unit will win.

Though Manuel has been with the division for less than three months, he is already appreciating what TLW means to the division.

After two days of heavy competition, an overall victor of Tropic Lightening Week was decided late in the evening of the second day. The winning unit was 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt., 2nd SBCT, with an overall score of 51 points.

Regardless of who won, Tropic Lightning Week is a day for Soldiers to relax, have fun and reflect on the history of the unit each represents.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division battled it out in multiple games of Ultimate Frisbee, here, Oct. 5, to decide which unit would win this years Tropic Lightning Week' Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division battled it out in multiple games of Ultimate Frisbee, here, Oct. 5, to decide which unit would win this years Tropic Lightning Week’ Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

EAST RANGE TRAINING COMPLEX — Soldiers, Retirees, and Family members from throughout U.S. Army Hawaii, participate in an open house held by the Jungle Operations Training Center Oct 6, here.

EAST RANGE TRAINING COMPLEX — Soldiers, Retirees, and Family members from throughout U.S. Army Hawaii, participate in an open house held by the Jungle Operations Training Center Oct 6, here.

EAST RANGE TRAINING COMPLEX — Soldiers, retirees, and family members from throughout U.S. Army Hawaii, participate in an open house held by the Jungle Operations Training Center Oct 6, here.

EAST RANGE TRAINING COMPLEX — Soldiers, retirees, and family members from throughout U.S. Army Hawaii, participate in an open house held by the Jungle Operations Training Center Oct 6, here.

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