Falcons rest wings, enjoy sports day
March 30, 2011
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - The Georgia sun came out in full view March 15 as Soldiers of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade took to the courts and fields to participate in the Falcon Week's sports day.
"The goal was to facilitate esprit de corps, healthy competition and team building," said Col. Don Galli, commander of the 3rd CAB. "This is the first time since we've returned from deployment that our Soldiers have been able to get together and engage in competitive sports activities."
The day-long event required each battalion/squadron to create seven teams to participate in each of the seven competitions: basketball, dodge ball, ultimate Frisbee, softball, golf, a skeet shoot and a 5 km/10 km race. The overall winner of the competitions won a trophy which was presented at the end of the day.
"Competing as a squadron helped us build morale," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeff Johnson, a pilot in Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd CAB, and team captain of the 3/17 Cav., ultimate Frisbee team. "We had a good time. The old members of the squadron got to know the new members, and the new members got the chance to stand out amongst their peers."
At the end of the day, 3/17 Cav., 3rd CAB, received the trophy for winning the most games, but losing didn't damper the spirits of those who took part in the day.
"Even though we didn't win, I know our team had a good time," said Spc. Rachael Chambers, an administrative assistant in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd CAB. "It was good to just get out of the office, get some sun and play some games with other units. But next time, we'll be ready to win."