By Rhonda Apple Pentagram Staff WriterAugust 6, 2010
It was a fun-filled day for most of the Soldiers stationed at Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington Friday, Aug. 6, because the major command held an organization day picnic at Fort McNair.
The normal work day was replaced with sports and recreational events, fellowship and fun with approximately 400 Soldiers and Family members in attendance.
Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commander JFHQ-NCR and MDW, spoke to the crowd at the beginning of the dayAca,!a,,cs events, thanking everyone for attending.
Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeThanks to the organization committee chaired by Robert Johnson, supply management analyst at JFHQ-NCR and MDW, we have a fun filled day planned for everyone,Aca,!A? Horst said. Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeThereAca,!a,,cs going to be some tough competition today.Aca,!A?
Horst talked about last yearAca,!a,,cs competition and reminded everyone the Staff Judge Advocate (team) won the commanderAca,!a,,cs cup. Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeLetAca,!a,,cs see who brings that trophy home this year as we compete in horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, tug-of-war and yes, another bake-off, featuring great desserts made by members of the various directorates,Aca,!A? he said.
In addition to the adult competitions Horst mentioned the availability of a Aca,!EoeAca,!EoekidAca,!a,,cs cornerAca,!A? for face-painting, temporary tattoos, moon bounce, potato sack races, dodge ball and other activities.
K-9 demonstrations were provided by Soldiers from the 947th Military Police Detachment, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The working dogs, Bimbo and Rex, along with their handlers, Sgt. Amanda Ingraham, a specialized search dog handler and Sgt. Henry Rabs, patrol narcotics detection dog handler, demonstrated a variety of procedures used by the detachment. Included in the demonstrations were explosive detection, narcotics detection and bite work.
The JFHQ-NCR and MDW telecommunications specialists William Smith and Walter Brown hunkered down inside the mobile command post situated on the parade field to give tours to anyone who wanted to see inside the MCP.
Close by, a UH-60A helicopter was manned by Army pilot Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mike Smith who answered questions and allowed guests to look inside the cabin or sit in the cock pit.
After competing in one of the volleyball tournaments, Horst said Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeOver the last five months there was a lot of preparation and planning, a series of fundraising events including bake sales and car washes which led up to the activities today. We raised a lot of money to have organization day at no cost, due to the fundraisers.Aca,!A?
Music was provided by The United States Army Band Aca,!EoeAca,!EoePershingAca,!a,,cs OwnAca,!A? blues ensemble Swamp Romp. The group entertained with a selection of traditional and Dixieland Jazz during lunch.
Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeEverything is so organized with a lot of events for a variety of entertainment for every age, from the music with a live band, a ballroom dancing demonstration during lunch, catered food, all the various activities and competition,Aca,!A? said Sonya Prewitt, a civilian employee with logistics and engineering branch at MDW, who has only been assigned to MDW for 60 days. Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeI was in the Army for 20 years and never went to any social activity with this many events held on the same day.Aca,!A?
Winners of the various competitions held during the Organization Day were presented trophies for 3 on 3 basketball competition-J1; Horseshoes - Chaplain and volleyball-J3. Winners for events held during the year were: Bake-Off contest-J4 and Chili cook-off-J6. The winner for the Organization Day Desserts was the J6. The overall champion for The Commander's Cup was the J6.
Horst thanked everyone for their team spirit as well as praised the fundraisers and organizers of this yearAca,!a,,cs Organization Day. Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeYou make us proud every day,Aca,!A? said Horst. Aca,!EoeAca,!EoeWe canAca,!a,,ct do what we do without the people who are here.Aca,!A?