Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines enjoy Fun, Fishing, Fellowship at annual N.C. event

By Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward)May 1, 2011

U.S. Army Spec. Landis Lawson, a parachute rigger from Logan, Utah, assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., stands by to present the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. The brigade provides logistical support to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and to other units, as required, when deployed in support of combatant commanders - at home and abroad.
1 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spec. Landis Lawson, a parachute rigger from Logan, Utah, assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., stands by to present the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. The brigade provides logistical support to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and to other units, as required, when deployed in support of combatant commanders - at home and abroad. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tressie Anderson-Bolden, first sergeant, 18th Air Support Operations Group, Pope Field, N.C., sings the National Anthem during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C.
2 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tressie Anderson-Bolden, first sergeant, 18th Air Support Operations Group, Pope Field, N.C., sings the National Anthem during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Hillary Luton, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward)) VIEW ORIGINAL
The 82nd Sustainment Brigade Color Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. The brigade provides logistical support to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and to other units, as required, when deployed in support of combatant commanders - at home and abroad.
3 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The 82nd Sustainment Brigade Color Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. The brigade provides logistical support to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and to other units, as required, when deployed in support of combatant commanders - at home and abroad. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade Color Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. (L-R) are Spec. Tuamoheloa Tominaka, from Leloaloa, American Somoa; Spec. Landis Lawson, from Logan, Utah; Spec. Lamarr Allen, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla; and Spec. Jeffrey Wright, from Stanton, Mich. The 82nd Sustainment Brigade is a "combat enabler" assigned to U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).
4 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 82nd Sustainment Brigade Color Guard presents the colors during the opening ceremony for the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Bass Tournament, April 29, 2011 at Jordan Lake, N.C. (L-R) are Spec. Tuamoheloa Tominaka, from Leloaloa, American Somoa; Spec. Landis Lawson, from Logan, Utah; Spec. Lamarr Allen, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla; and Spec. Jeffrey Wright, from Stanton, Mich. The 82nd Sustainment Brigade is a "combat enabler" assigned to U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Molly Hopkins, a volunteer with the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament staff directs a bass angler to the boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011.
5 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Molly Hopkins, a volunteer with the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament staff directs a bass angler to the boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Catina Taylor, crisis action team noncommissioned officer, U.S. Army Forces Command G1, proudly shows off "Buddy" - her only "keeper" from the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, April 29, 2011, at Jordan Lake, N.C.  Taylor was one of 150 joint service members who were taken out for a day of competitive angling by volunteer professional and recreational bass anglers from across the United States.  In strict accordance with the tournament's "catch and release" protocol, Buddy was safely returned to the lake, helping to ensure the healthy survival of the species.
6 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Catina Taylor, crisis action team noncommissioned officer, U.S. Army Forces Command G1, proudly shows off "Buddy" - her only "keeper" from the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, April 29, 2011, at Jordan Lake, N.C. Taylor was one of 150 joint service members who were taken out for a day of competitive angling by volunteer professional and recreational bass anglers from across the United States. In strict accordance with the tournament's "catch and release" protocol, Buddy was safely returned to the lake, helping to ensure the healthy survival of the species. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Willie Bartley Jr., U.S. Army Forces Command G1, and bass angler Stanton McDuffie, proudly display their "keepers" from the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, April 29, 2011, at Jordan Lake, N.C.  McDuffie, a member of the N.C. State University Bass Fishing Team was one of 150 volunteer professional and recreational bass anglers from across the United States who took an equal number of joint service members out for a day of competitive fishing.  In strict accordance with the tournament's "catch and release" protocol, the fish were safely returned to the lake, helping to ensure the healthy survival of the species.  Note: The N.C. creel limit for bass is five, all of which must measure a minimum of 14 inches, from nose to tail.
7 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Willie Bartley Jr., U.S. Army Forces Command G1, and bass angler Stanton McDuffie, proudly display their "keepers" from the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, April 29, 2011, at Jordan Lake, N.C. McDuffie, a member of the N.C. State University Bass Fishing Team was one of 150 volunteer professional and recreational bass anglers from across the United States who took an equal number of joint service members out for a day of competitive fishing. In strict accordance with the tournament's "catch and release" protocol, the fish were safely returned to the lake, helping to ensure the healthy survival of the species. Note: The N.C. creel limit for bass is five, all of which must measure a minimum of 14 inches, from nose to tail. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
(L) Army veteran Michael VanHerpen, of Fayetteville, N.C., gives bass fishing tips to Staff Sgt. Eric Steines, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C., before the start of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake, N.C., before the start of the April 29, 2011 event.  VanHerpen, who has participated in all six of the tournaments held to date, said "I do this because I want to help those who help us."
8 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (L) Army veteran Michael VanHerpen, of Fayetteville, N.C., gives bass fishing tips to Staff Sgt. Eric Steines, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, N.C., before the start of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake, N.C., before the start of the April 29, 2011 event. VanHerpen, who has participated in all six of the tournaments held to date, said "I do this because I want to help those who help us." (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
A bass angler and his Soldier "co-angler" head off to their first fishing spot at Jordan Lake, N.C. during the launch of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament in the early morning hours, April 29, 2011. 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman took an equal number of joint service members out for a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011.
9 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A bass angler and his Soldier "co-angler" head off to their first fishing spot at Jordan Lake, N.C. during the launch of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament in the early morning hours, April 29, 2011. 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman took an equal number of joint service members out for a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Several of the 150 participating boats muster for the start of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours as Professional and recreational fisherman ready to guide an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011.
10 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Several of the 150 participating boats muster for the start of the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours as Professional and recreational fisherman ready to guide an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011. (Photo Credit: Lt. Col. Hillary Luton, U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sporting a patriotic military theme, a support boat stands by for the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament in boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011.
11 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sporting a patriotic military theme, a support boat stands by for the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament in boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Hal Abshire, president, Warriors on the Water, and Molly Hopkins, a volunteer with the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament staff greet the driver of the Texas Roadhouse bass boat at the boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011.  Texas Roadhouse of Fayetteville N.C., donated barbecue and all the fixings for the end of tournament picnic for more than 450 participants and support staff of the tournament.
12 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Hal Abshire, president, Warriors on the Water, and Molly Hopkins, a volunteer with the 6th Annual Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament staff greet the driver of the Texas Roadhouse bass boat at the boat launch area at Jordan Lake, N.C., in the early morning hours before the launch of 150 boats with Professional and recreational fisherman guiding an equal number of joint service members through a day of competitive fishing, April 29, 2011. Texas Roadhouse of Fayetteville N.C., donated barbecue and all the fixings for the end of tournament picnic for more than 450 participants and support staff of the tournament. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
(L-R) "Co-Angler" Sgt. 1st Class Mario Bianchaini, a logistics noncommissioned officer assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade; Michael Green, vice-president, Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, and Mark Moore, bass angler and boat owner pose with one of several bass caught by their team during the 6th annual tournament, held at Jordan Lake, N.C., April 29, 2011.  More than 150 service member co-anglers participated with the support of an equal number of professional and recreational fisherman who provided boats and expertise to "take a Soldier fishing."
13 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (L-R) "Co-Angler" Sgt. 1st Class Mario Bianchaini, a logistics noncommissioned officer assigned to the 82nd Sustainment Brigade; Michael Green, vice-president, Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Fishing Tournament, and Mark Moore, bass angler and boat owner pose with one of several bass caught by their team during the 6th annual tournament, held at Jordan Lake, N.C., April 29, 2011. More than 150 service member co-anglers participated with the support of an equal number of professional and recreational fisherman who provided boats and expertise to "take a Soldier fishing." (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Tom Salvail, a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade shakes hands with Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Rudolfo "Rudy" Hernandez during the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Icebreaker, April 27, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Roger Rogers, a B-17 bombadier with the 8th U.S. Air Force during World War II looks on.  More than 400 sponsors, professional and recreational bass anglers, and "co-anglers" - service members who tried their luck on North Carolina's Jordan Lake during the April 29, 2011, Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Angling Tournament, attended the icebreaker.
14 / 14 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Tom Salvail, a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade shakes hands with Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Rudolfo "Rudy" Hernandez during the 6th Annual "Warriors on the Water" Icebreaker, April 27, 2011, at Fort Bragg, N.C. Roger Rogers, a B-17 bombadier with the 8th U.S. Air Force during World War II looks on. More than 400 sponsors, professional and recreational bass anglers, and "co-anglers" - service members who tried their luck on North Carolina's Jordan Lake during the April 29, 2011, Warriors on the Water Military Appreciation Bass Angling Tournament, attended the icebreaker. (Photo Credit: Jim Hinnant, FORSCOM Public Affairs (Forward) VIEW ORIGINAL