11th ACR concludes 4th Annual Commander’s Cup

By Spc. Gower LiuDecember 10, 2021

The M4 Sherman display, one of the armored vehicles used by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the past, has been decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The M4 Sherman display, one of the armored vehicles used by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the past, has been decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL
Regimental Commander, Col. Todd Hook, and Regimental Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Walker, pose for a group photo with the Troopers that designed and built the Regimental Tree displayed in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 2nd, 2021: (from left to right, top) Spc. Thomas Horsey, Staff Sgt. Andrew Reeves, Spc. Jacob Allen, Spc. Jacob Sarabia, Warrant Officer William Nicely, (from left to right, bottom) Sgt. Smays Jauregui, and Sgt. Cesar Juarez. The Regimental Tree is the centerpiece of Wickam Park's holiday makeover.
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Regimental Commander, Col. Todd Hook, and Regimental Command Sergeant Major, Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Walker, pose for a group photo with the Troopers that designed and built the Regimental Tree displayed in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 2nd, 2021: (from left to right, top) Spc. Thomas Horsey, Staff Sgt. Andrew Reeves, Spc. Jacob Allen, Spc. Jacob Sarabia, Warrant Officer William Nicely, (from left to right, bottom) Sgt. Smays Jauregui, and Sgt. Cesar Juarez. The Regimental Tree is the centerpiece of Wickam Park's holiday makeover. (Photo Credit: Pvt. James Newsome) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col. Todd Hook, Regimental Commander, speaks into a microphone prior to lighting the Regimental Tree at Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 2, 2021. The Regimental Tree Lighting was held in conjunction with the award ceremony for the Commander's Cup tournament, held earlier in the day.
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Todd Hook, Regimental Commander, speaks into a microphone prior to lighting the Regimental Tree at Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 2, 2021. The Regimental Tree Lighting was held in conjunction with the award ceremony for the Commander's Cup tournament, held earlier in the day. (Photo Credit: Spc. Gower Liu) VIEW ORIGINAL
Col. Todd Hook, Regimental Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Walker present Lt. Col. Robert Furtick, Commander, 1st Squadron, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frederick Batiste, Enlisted Advisor, 1st Squadron, the Commander's Cup in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif. on December 2, 2021. The Commander's Cup will be held in the 1st Squadron area of operations for the next year, until the next Commander's Cup tournament.
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Col. Todd Hook, Regimental Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Walker present Lt. Col. Robert Furtick, Commander, 1st Squadron, and Command Sgt. Maj. Frederick Batiste, Enlisted Advisor, 1st Squadron, the Commander's Cup in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif. on December 2, 2021. The Commander's Cup will be held in the 1st Squadron area of operations for the next year, until the next Commander's Cup tournament. (Photo Credit: Spc. Gower Liu) VIEW ORIGINAL
A historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Regimental Support Squadron, Packhorse logo is displayed on a historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Regimental Support Squadron, Packhorse logo is displayed on a historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Capt. Evan Cain) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Regimental Tree lit up for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
7 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Regimental Tree lit up for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL
A historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
8 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A historical 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle decorated for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL
The Regimental Tree lit up for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history.
9 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Regimental Tree lit up for the season in Wickam Park, Fort Irwin, Calif., on December 8, 2021. Wickam Park is one of the locations in the Regiment's footprint that are dedicated to the preservation of history. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Bradley Parrish) VIEW ORIGINAL

On December 2nd, 2021, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment held its 4th annual Commander’s Cup, a fitness and athletics competition between teams fielded by the Squadrons to bolster morale and promote esprit de corps before the holiday block leave period. The fitness events included a five kilometer relay run, a six-mile ruck march, a Murph challenge, an obstacle course, and rowing and weightlifting competitions. The sports contests were softball, basketball, dodgeball, frisbee, ultimate football, and corn hole.

In conjunction with the Commander’s Cup awards ceremony, the Regiment held a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wickam Park, named for Cpl. Jerry W. Wickam, who received the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions taken while serving with F Troop, 2nd Squadron, during the Vietnam War. The park is one of several locations within the Regiment’s footprint dedicated to the preservation of history. Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, designed and built the 20 foot tall tree that formed the centerpiece of the park’s holiday makeover. Additional Squadrons and Troops within the Regiment decorated the armored vehicles and helicopters in the park.

“Whether you’re a tanker, an infantryman, someone who works in the personnel shop or the logistics shop, everybody does their job so that we are successful,” said Colonel Todd Hook, Regimental Commander, who spoke on the unit’s mission in the National Training Center and reputation across the rest of the Army before lighting the tree. “To the Soldiers, leaders, and families: take pride in your accomplishments, and thank you for what you do.”

At the conclusion of the event, Wickam Park was illuminated with a variety of holiday lights and 1st Squadron was awarded first place and custody of the Commander’s Cup. This is the third year in a row that 1st Squadron has held the trophy. 2nd Squadron won the trophy the year it was introduced, in 2018.