Single Soldier's Day 09/10/03

Story by Sgt. Ann Woletz
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

It isn't everyday that you can get paid to have fun. The single soldiers of the 13th COSCOM were able to do just that on the September 10 while they participated in the 13th COSCOM single soldiers day.

It was a day for the single soldiers to forego work and the BDU's in favor of sports activities and civilian sports attire.

The soldiers were able to compete in such sports as three-on-three basketball, softball, flag football, volleyball, tug-of war, and even spades.

Officers and higher enlisted soldiers helped out with coordinating the different events and assisting with the different activities. Some of the officers and higher enlisted soldiers even agreed to take a cold plunge in the dunk tank that was set up for the single soldiers to practice their throwing skills.

Music and a barbecue style lunch made the overcast day one for the single soldiers to relax and have a great time. It was a day to show the single soldiers that they are just as important as the married soldiers in the 13th COSCOM.

Besides all the sports activities, the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders also showed up to spread a little cheer to the day. The cheerleaders spoke briefly to the crowd before performing a dance routine for the crowd. After their routine, the cheerleaders signed autographs for the soldiers.

"I think it helped morale for a lot of people," said Spc. Brett Miller, a soldier with the 507th Medical Company (AA).

Lt. Col. Allen Lowe, the deputy command chaplain who volunteered to get dunked in the dunk booth said, "Participating in activities like this lets me get more of a chance to be more involved with the soldiers. It is a good activity for all of the 13th COSCOM soldiers."

Trophies were awarded to the top three places in each sports activity. In a close game of flag football, the team from the 49th Movement Control Battalion defeated the team from the 2nd Chemical Battalion to win first place. Following behind the 2nd Chemical Battalion in third place was the team from the 546 Medical Company.

Some other top finishers were Spc. Adryen Wallace and Pfc. Howard Crews, who finished first in the spades tournament. In the tug-of-war competition, a team from the 13th Chemical Company placed first with a team from the 566 Medical Company coming in second.


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