FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR--Friends, families, and co-workers enjoyed themselves at the Joint Force Headquarters -- National Capital Region/ U.S. Army Military District of Washington annual Organizational Day Picnic at Fort Lesley J. McNair, August 7, 2013.

The annual event was filled with a full day of competitive games, children's activities, music, static displays, K9 demonstration and a catered picnic lunch hosted by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, JFHQ-NCR/MDW commanding general.

"It was a great day," said Staff Sergeant Brian C. Krum, Chaplains Assistant in the MDW Chaplains Office. "The kids really enjoyed the bouncy castle and the water balloon toss."

The fitness events consisted of basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, and a fitness walk/run, and the newest event, the Izzy Dizzy. The J4/IG (logistics & Inspectors General Office) team walked away with the 3 vs. 3 basketball title, while the J3 (Operations Directorate) won horseshoes, volleyball and the fitness walk/run. The Provost Marshals office won the 'Izzy Dizzy' competition.

"Izzy Dizzy was an awesome event," said Wanda C. Squirewell of the J3 directorate. "It took a lot of teamwork and balance to execute."

Making a special appearance at the picnic was Darth Vader, an Imperial Crewman, and a Rebel Pilot. All three are part of Vader's 501st Legion, a social group of Star Wars costume enthusiasts.

"My son was both excited and nervous to meet Darth Vader," said Krum. "But Vader gave my son a hi-five, and he loved it. We took a lot of photos, it was so cool."

"Organizational Day brings together family and friends to share in great fun," said Squirewell. "Many thanks to the Organizational Day Committee for putting this awesome event together. Job Well Done!"

With the coveted Commander Cup Trophy up for grabs, the competition was very intense. The J3 directorate walked away with the trophy after edging out the Provost Marshals Office and the Command Group, who both finished in second place.

"The J3 family train throughout the year to ensure physical and mental readiness for Organizational Day," said Squirewell. "We look forward to defending our J3 Championship Title in 2014."

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