By STEVE REEVES, Fort Jackson LeaderDecember 17, 2009
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Training Support Battalion of Fort Jackson's Soldier Support Institute was recognized for its athletic prowess last week, taking possession of the coveted Commander's Cup.
The presentation was made during the 7th Annual Fort Jackson Sports Banquet, held Dec. 9 at the Solomon Center.
The winner of the Commander's Cup is determined on a points system. Units compete in a variety of team and individual sports and the one with the highest cumulative point total at the end of the year receives the Commander's Cup.
The TSB earned 1,202 Commander's Cup points. The 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) took second place with 1,019 points and third place went to 4th Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, which earned 907 points.
Lt. Col. Lawrence Anyanwu, TSB commander, accepted the Commander's Cup on behalf of his unit.
Anyanwu said the honor was reflective of the importance that is placed on physical fitness and mental toughness in the Army.
"To be physically fit and disciplined is a critical part of being in the Army," he said.
Anyanwu said the Commander's Cup reflects well on his Soldiers.
"This is a team effort," he said. "It's all part of the camaraderie that we try to adhere to as Soldiers."
Everyone who competed this year also deserved credit, Anyanwu said.
"I think all the units and Soldiers at Fort Jackson are champions," he said.
The banquet's guest speaker was Eric Hyman, University of South Carolina athletics director.
Hyman pointed out that the Soldiers competing in sports often do so under the burden of long hours spent training Soldiers or preparing for deployments. He said all the competitors should be recognized for their sacrifice and service.
"We appreciate all that you do, and it does not go unnoticed," Hyman said.
Cindi Keene, Fort Jackson's sports coordinator, said more than 1,300 Soldiers and civilians participated in a team or individual sport at Fort Jackson this year.