FORT BUCHANAN, PR--The US Army Garrison Fort Buchanan held an Organizational Day and 1st Quarter Town Hall Meeting which included presentation to the winner, the coveted golden Garrison Cup at the installation’s Cabaña Picnic area October 21, 2022.

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick W. Hendricks began with some welcome remarks to the garrison directors, work force and tenants participating in the competitions. The Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Yvette L. Castro also welcomed all the participants, while she and Command Sgt. Maj. Hendricks noted that the Garrison Commander was not yet present…to everyone’s surprise the Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry was there the entire time, but in disguise, sitting amongst the workforce and heckling in fun the speakers.

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick W. Hendricks and Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Yvette L. Castro initiated the days events with welcome remarks to garrison directors, work force and tenants participating in the competitions. They noted that the Garrison Commander was not yet present…to everyone’s surprise the Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry was there the entire time, in disguise, sitting amongst the workforce and heckling in fun the speakers.
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Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry was in disguise, sitting amongst the workforce and heckling in fun the Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick W. Hendricks and Deputy to the Garrison Commander, Yvette L. Castro as the made their welcome remarks.
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Col. Seaberry emphasized that the goal for the event was to have an enjoyable day of fellowship, communicate with all members of the Fort Buchanan family and recognize outstanding performance.

Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry emphasized that the goal for the event was to have an enjoyable day of fellowship, communicate with all members of the Fort Buchanan family and recognize outstanding performance.
Fort Buchanan Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry emphasized that the goal for the event was to have an enjoyable day of fellowship, communicate with all members of the Fort Buchanan family and recognize outstanding performance. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Be safe today and always and as the holiday season approaches remember do the right thing. Don’t drink and drive, don’t let anyone, not friends nor family, drink and drive. Do as we do in the Army take care of each other,” said the Safety and Occupational Health Officer, Carlos J. Alvarado during his safety briefing.

Directorate of Family and, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) Supervisory Sports Specialist, Roberto Fernández, lead for the Org. Day events, provided an overview of the eleven competitions: Dominoes; Home Run Derby; Doubles Tennis; Corn Hole; Volleyball; Table Tennis; Hula Hoop; Plank Race; 3 on 3 Basketball; Bocce Ball and Tight Rope Walking. He and FMWR Staff maintained records of the teams, game participants and scores throughout the day.

In a special presentation, Puerto Rico/Honduras Army Air Force Exchange (Exchange) General Manager, Andrea’ B. Frazier, Col. Seaberry and Command Sgt. Maj. Hendricks presented Exchange Associate, María Ines Cruz Díaz with certificates in appreciation for over 21 years of exceptional support, commitment and service to the Fort Buchanan Military and Civilian community.

Puerto Rico/Honduras Army Air Force Exchange (Exchange) General Manager, Andrea’ B. Frazier, Col. Seaberry and Command Sgt. Maj. Hendricks presented Exchange Associate, María Ines Cruz Díaz with certificates in appreciation for over 21 years of exceptional support, commitment and service to the Fort Buchanan Military and Civilian community.
Puerto Rico/Honduras Army Air Force Exchange (Exchange) General Manager, Andrea’ B. Frazier, Col. Seaberry and Command Sgt. Maj. Hendricks presented Exchange Associate, María Ines Cruz Díaz with certificates in appreciation for over 21 years of exceptional support, commitment and service to the Fort Buchanan Military and Civilian community. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

The day’s events were filled with camaraderie, team cohesion, unity and friendly competition.

Dominoes is being played at the Organizational Day by different members of directorates, FMWR, DPW and LRC, it was one of 12 sports competitions played.
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Directorate of Public Works, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technician, Efrain Feliciano hits the ball out of the park in the Home Run Derby.
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Deputy Garrison Commander Lt. Col. Brian Mandock competed in the Doubles Tennis.
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“This is the best! To be here, sharing with each other, having fun,” said Directorate of Public Works (DPW), Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technician, Efrain Feliciano.

Everyone joined in the action during the Volleyball tournament, garrison staff (black shirts) vs. the Logistics Readiness Center Staff (grey shirts).
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Garrison Command Group vs FMWR in a heated game of basketball.
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“This is my first-time playing Tennis, it’s a very interesting game, but maybe next time they’ll bring oxygen for us folks over 50! It’s very intense. I had great fun,” said FMWR Child and Youth Service (CYS) Isaac Cruz.

Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry conducted a question-and-answer session during the 1st Quarter Town Hall held after the competitions concluded.
Garrison Commander Col. Tomika M. Seaberry conducted a question-and-answer session during the 1st Quarter Town Hall held after the competitions concluded. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

After all the games, the 1st Quarter Town Hall meeting was held with Garrison Public Affairs Officer, Grissel Rosa serving as master of ceremony. The meeting began with Col. Seaberry leading a question-and-answer session where members from the workforce presented questions about a variety of concerns such as gate access; access to and communication with the Department of Defense School Activity (DODEA) schools; the elaboration of specific policies with regards to schools, children's behaviors and repercussions and access for use of the Commissary on post. Installation Staff Judge Advocate Lt. Col. Ignacio D. Maramba assisted in clarifying and answering some of the questions raised with the legal reasoning for the determinations for some decisions.

“This day has served to take a break and appreciate each other,” said Col. Seaberry, as she also reviewed the past year's events up to the passing of Hurricane Fiona, highlighting “that the installation never closed or stopped serving it’s community.”

During the awards portion of the Town Hall, certificates with pins were presented for ten and thirty-five of Service to the Nation were presented. Followed by presentation of US Army Certificates of Appreciation to various garrison directorate staff for their outstanding support during Hurricane Fiona Response and Recovery Operations presented to members of the Directorates of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, Human Resources, Public Works, Resource Management Office and the Public Affairs Office. An SES letter of commendation was also presented from Resources, Installations and Materiel Chief Financial Officer and Director, SES, Stephen K. Sullivan.

Resource Management Office, Budget Analyst Yaviel Luna-Pomales received the Ten Years of Service to the Nation certificate and pin during the Town Hall.
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Internal Review and Audit Compliance Officer, Katsi Y. Rivera Medina received the Ten Years of Service to the Nation certificate and pin during the Town Hall.
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Directorate of Emergency Services Administrative Support Assistant, Libertad F. González received Thirty-Five years of Service to the Nation certificate and pin during the Town Hall.
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Resource Management Office (RMO), Budget Analyst Keila Arzuaga Rivera received a Deptartment of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for joining the RMO Team during the last quarter of fiscal year 2022 and helping to collect over $5.7 million helping to close successfully the fiscal year.
4 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Resource Management Office (RMO), Budget Analyst Keila Arzuaga Rivera received a Deptartment of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for joining the RMO Team during the last quarter of fiscal year 2022 and helping to collect over $5.7 million helping to close successfully the fiscal year. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL
Directorate of Public Works Director Anibal Negrón was presented a letter from Resources, Installations and Materiel Chief Financial Officer and Director, SES, Stephen K. Sullivan for Negrón’s dedication to energy and water resilience at Fort Buchanan.
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US Army Certificates of Appreciation were presented to various members of garrison directorates for their outstanding support during Hurricane Fiona Response and Recovery Operations (L to R) Col. Tomika M. Seaberry, Grissel Rosa, Christopher Nelson, Marco Santiago, Antonel Sayers, Efraín Feliciano, Javier Moyet, Félix Colón, Héctor Herrera, Jaime Cruz, Wilbín Colón-Vargas, Rodney Vega-Heim, Rosie Irizarry and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick W. Hendricks.
6 / 6 Show Caption + Hide Caption – US Army Certificates of Appreciation were presented to various members of garrison directorates for their outstanding support during Hurricane Fiona Response and Recovery Operations (L to R) Col. Tomika M. Seaberry, Grissel Rosa, Christopher Nelson, Marco Santiago, Antonel Sayers, Efraín Feliciano, Javier Moyet, Félix Colón, Héctor Herrera, Jaime Cruz, Wilbín Colón-Vargas, Rodney Vega-Heim, Rosie Irizarry and Command Sgt. Maj. Roderick W. Hendricks. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

After the awards recognitions came the long-awaited announcement of the winners of the golden Garrison Cup. In first place and winner of the Garrison Cup was FMWR. With the announcement of the winner the entire room erupted with congratulatory shouts and applause.

“The Commander can come downstairs anytime she wants to visit the Garrison Cup. I’ve been here two weeks and I knew that we have the best Family and, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) team, well done everybody! Congratulations to CYS, DPW and all the other teams, good job!” said FMWR Business and Recreation Division Chief Scott D. Abell upon receiving the coveted golden Garrison Cup.
“The Commander can come downstairs anytime she wants to visit the Garrison Cup. I’ve been here two weeks and I knew that we have the best Family and, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) team, well done everybody! Congratulations to CYS, DPW and all the other teams, good job!” said FMWR Business and Recreation Division Chief Scott D. Abell upon receiving the coveted golden Garrison Cup. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

“What a more befitting way for me to leave command than to give away this trophy. You guys truly deserve this, you all worked late to make this happen. It’s an honor to give this away, what a way to come into an organization (talking to Scott Abell),” said Col. Seaberry as she handed the trophy to Abell.

The Directorate of Family and, Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff were the winners of the coveted golden Garrison Cup having earned the highest points pose for a photograph with the winners’ cup.
The Directorate of Family and, Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff were the winners of the coveted golden Garrison Cup having earned the highest points pose for a photograph with the winners’ cup. (Photo Credit: Rosie Irizarry) VIEW ORIGINAL

“The Commander can come downstairs anytime she wants to visit the Garrison Cup. I knew, I’ve been here two weeks, that we have the best FMWR team, well done everybody! Congratulations to CYS, DPW and all the other teams, good job!” said FMWR Business and Recreation Division Chief Scott D. Abell.