Gimlets ‘bore’ their way to winning the football title during TLW events this week

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Oct. 2, 2017) — Sgt. Jordan Coffman, a combat medic assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, closes the distance on the opposing teamÕs quarterback during the 2017 Tropic Lightning Week at Stoneman Field here Oct. 2, 2017. The 25th Infantry Division celebrates its 76th Anniversary this year. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade)

Sgt. Ian Ives
25th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Since the early 1920s, the 21st Infantry Regiment has consistently been triumphant in athletics, which earned it the nickname “Gimlets” for its strong will to win.

Now, more than 90 years later, the current Gimlets are surely making their predecessors proud by showing the same athletic prowess by winning the flag football competition during the 2017 Tropic Lightning Week.

After two full days of grueling competition, the 1st Battalion, 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd Inf. Brigade Combat Team, found itself in the finals with opposition in the form of an engineer battalion. The competition looked tough.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (Oct. 2, 2017) — Sgt. David Petree, an aircraft powertrain repairer assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, plays flag football during the 2017 Tropic Lightning Week at Stoneman Field here Oct. 2, 2017. The 25th Infantry Division celebrates its 76th Anniversary this year. (Photo by Sgt. Ian Ives, 25th Sustainment Brigade)

“We dominated; that’s it,” said Sgt. Brandon Wilson, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd IBCT, and coach for 1-21st’s flag football team.

With a final score of 54-12, the Gimlets decimated their competition, once again becoming the 25th Infantry Division champions of flag football for the second year in a row. As their unit battle cry “Bore Brother Bore” goes, the Gimlets were relentless with their drive as they bore through the competition to secure their victory.

“It was a very back and forth game starting off, but eventually, 1-21 kept driving hard and took off with the game,” said 1st Lt. Anthony Uriarte, a medical service officer with the 25th Sustainment Bde. and the officer in charge of flag football. “It was very easy for these guys to get touchdowns because everyone from the quarterback to the wide receivers knew what was happening on the field.”

After watching the Gimlets put on such a display on the football field, one would think that the entire team had been practicing specific plays for months on end. This was not the case.

“Most people come out on the field with plays, but we don’t,” said Wilson. “This whole team knows how to play football, and this was nothing but a backyard game for us. We practiced every day of the week we could by just playing scrimmage games.”

Out of 19 teams, the Gimlets reigned supreme on the football field with little to no resistance despite most of the players having never worked together.

“We kind of came together like the ‘Power Rangers’ and won,” said Wilson. “A lot of people on the team didn’t join the team until the first game we played. I wasn’t always able to play everyone, but we all naturally worked well together.

According to Wilson, there is one thing that, despite not knowing each other, brought the Gimlets together so quickly.

“We like to win,” said Wilson. “I don’t work with these guys everyday or have the same job as them, but when we get together, we all have one thing in common – we like to win!”

At the end of another Tropic Lightning Week, the Gimlets once again bore down the competition and proved that relentless tenacity mixed with “esprit de corps” is a recipe for victory on the football field.

“The Gimlets are the best unit on this island,” said Wilson. “It doesn’t matter if you are talking about Marines, Navy, Air Force or another unit on Schofield. I don’t care; we are the best. Hell, we are the best in the entire Army; 1-21 Infantry is the best.”

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