Wolfpack Soldiers Compete for the Commander’s Cup

By Pvt. Sean E. McGuire and Capt. Ariana Roscoe
4th Sustainment Brigade

FORT HOOD, Texas — Just as the day’s sun began to rise, a crowd of Soldiers gathered around a helicopter pad overlooking an open field next to the Kieschnick gym as they watched a fiercely competitive tug-of-war match ensue. It was one of the final sporting events of the 4th Brigade Troops Battalion Commander’s Cup.

“We had commanders raising questions about how to make our physical training more challenging,” said Lt. Col. John Hickey, the 4th BTB battalion commander. “We wanted to do more than just slog along Battalion Avenue, so we came up with the Commander’s Cup.”

The week-long competition within the 4th Sustainment Brigade consisted of 12 events with nine companies each contending for the top prize – a custom-made, foot-and-a-half tall trophy with gold trim.

“It totally reset the mood within the Battalion when we got out there and did some of those goofy events,” said Hickey. “I was absolutely smiling from ear-to-ear the whole time as I watched the enthusiasm and spirit of the competition out there.”

The sporting events kicked off with a 1-mile guidon race where each company ran in a formation with their company flag held high. Alpha Company, with a team of about 30 Soldiers, led the way for over a half a mile before they were passed up by the battalion’s 259th and 80th Movement Control Teams.

“We had a time of 7:25 with no fallouts and ended up getting third,” said Spc. Paul Miller, a Signal Support Systems Specialist for Alpha Company. “It got really intense, but overall it was fun.”

The 418th Transportation Company eventually won the race.

“We came in first or second place in just about all the events,” said 2nd Lt. Miley Massed, a platoon leader for the 418th Transportation Company. “But the tug-of-war match was tough – I was near the middle of our rope line for that one.”

The Commander’s Cup had a lot of events for Soldiers to compete in to include: dodge ball, flag football, tire toss, weapons assembly, money counting, and even a push-up and sit-up competition.

“We won at push-ups, sit-ups, and one other event,” said Sgt. 1st Class James Lewis, a platoon sergeant for the 502nd Human Resources Company. “We also beat Headquarters and Headquarters Company in flag-football in our first game.”

But Lewis’ team was blown out in their second match.

“It was pretty entertaining,” said Lewis. “I played a little quarterback and wide receiver.”

Bragging rights were not the only reason why Hickey had his Soldiers compete.

“The intent was to drive physical training and team work,” said Hickey. “I wanted Soldiers to focus on the competition aspect of physical fitness to help motivate them to be fit.”

The 418th Transportation Company took home the Wolfpack Battalion’s Commander’s Cup. Alpha Company came in second, and the 15th Financial Management Company came in third.

“It was very gratifying for them. There was a sense of accomplishment for all the days put into that event,” said Massed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FORT HOOD, Texas — 4th Sust. Bde. Soldiers competed in a guidon relay race as one of the culminating events for the Wolfpack Battalion’s Commander’s Cup. The 502nd Human Resources Company guidon can be seen above in blue. The guidon is a great source of pride for a unit especially during a race. The significance of the guidon is that it represents the leader of the unit. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Angiene Myers)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — An enthusiastic crowd of 4th Sust. Bde. Soldiers watched a fiercely competitive tug-of-war match ensue during the 4th Brigade Troops Battalion Commander’s Cup. The week-long competition consisted of 12 events with nine companies each contending for the top prize. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Angiene Myers)

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FORT HOOD, Texas — 4th Sust. Bde. Soldiers sprint to pick up dodge balls before the opposing team beats them to the toss during the week-long 4th Brigade Troops Battalion Commander’s Cup. The Wolfpack Battalion sports competition had a lot of events for Soldiers to compete in to include: dodge ball, flag football, tire toss, weapons assembly, money counting, and even a push-up and sit-up competition. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Angiene Myers)