By Capt. Matthew HumphreyAugust 7, 2008
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas --- More than 100 Warriors in Transition and staff from the Center for the Intrepid and Warrior Transition Battalion joined forces to compete in the first annual WTB Dodge Ball Tournament July 30 at the Center for the Intrepid.
The event was part of the Warrior Transition Battalion's quarterly sports and warrior-staff relationship-building program, said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John Myers.
"The Warrior Transition Battalion is not really unlike other battalions in our Army. Athletic competition is a paramount piece of our Army traditions," Myers said. "It is important to focus on each warrior's abilities and encourage their participation in sporting and social events. Both warriors and staff truly enjoy the rivalry and a routine opportunity to have some fun. We are committed to building a 'sacred trust' with warriors and their Family members as they heal and transition."
The winner of the tournament was the undefeated "Purple Heart Cobras" team, a mixed team of CFI staff and Warriors in Transition. The "Self Abuse" team, comprising the WTB command suite team, took second place, and the B Company team, "Spartans 1," took third place. Participants from the top three teams received certificates of appreciation and a medallion.
The Fort Sam Houston Morale, Welfare and Recreation, WTB Family Readiness Group and the Warrior and Family Support Center helped sponsor the event. Fort Sam Houston MWR provided the battalion with T-shirts, awards, team jerseys, referees and time-keeping assistance. Additionally, the WFSC provided bottled water, and the WTB Family Readiness Group purchased the dodge balls used in the tournament.
"Fort Sam Houston MWR continues to provide superb support to our Warrior Transition Battalion. Their contributions and efforts always enhance these sporting events," Myers said. "We have a tremendous partnership with Fort Sam Houston and are extremely grateful for their continued focus on working with warriors and their Family members."