Blue Bonnet Ball

Story by Spc. James J. Truitt
13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office

The 13th Corps Support Command hosted the 2005 Bluebonnet Ball at the Killeen Civic Center April 7.

Prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom, the western-themed ball was a yearly event.

"Traditionally, the COSCOM hosted this event on an [annual] basis," said Lt. Col. Phil Visser, 13th COSCOM, Rear Deputy Commander. "The last couple of years however, we haven't had it due to deployments."

Visser added that while some units are presently deployed, this is the first time within two years the majority of COSCOM has united for a social event.

"It's just a great opportunity to get together and share some Texas tradition, some barbeque, and dance a little bit," said Visser.

New to this year's ball was 'COSCOM Idol', a spin-off of a popular, nationally syndicated television program.

"It was awesome when the whole [64th Combat Support Group] leadership was singing in the Idol Contest," said Spc. Jason Gardner, Alpha Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, Earth Movers platoon. " It was really cool to see everyone participating."

"Soldiers you'd think who wouldn't have the ability to sing showed off their talents," said Sgt. 1st Class Edward Saddler, 31st Chemical Company, 2nd Chem. Battalion, 13th COSCOM, 1st Platoon Sergeant. "It was really a great time, I had a blast."

Prizes were awarded to the best three singers.

Several other of the evening's contests were best western outfit, best boots, and best belt buckle.

Approximately 700 people attended the ball.


Soldiers and guests dancing
Solders and guests dance at the 13th COSCOM Bluebonnet Ball, April 7. This western themed ball is the first time in two years that COSCOM has gotten togeather for a social event. Around 700 people were expected to attend the ball.