By Betsy Kozak, ACC-APGSeptember 5, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md.--Members of the Army Contracting Command -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., proved they're not only winners in the acquisition arena, but are also winners on the sports field.
In July, a seven-member volleyball team won a medal in the Team APG Olympics here and in August, two Huachuca Division members won medals in a minitriathlon held at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
"The Olympic day provided ACC-APG members with the opportunity to strengthen teamwork within the contracting center and build partnerships with other organizations," said Dana Dowell, ACC-APG Olympic representative. "It was a day set aside to build camaraderie and boost morale while participating in competitive sporting events."
The Team APG Olympics included participants from 16 APG organizations. Thirty six ACC-APG employees participated in events such as relay race, bowling, volleyball, basketball, softball and golf.
At the end of the competition, the volleyball team took home a bronze medal under the direction of team captain Brett Schwerin, a supervisory price/cost analyst. He is assigned to Division B with teammate Thomas Campana, procurement program officer. The team included five members of the 722nd Contingency Contracting Team assigned to the Tenant Division of ACC-APG: Alan Zero Sean Kwoun, Andre Dooley, Kevin McClatchey Larin Harris.
"The team worked well together despite having only one practice session," Schwerin pointed out. "We made optimal use of this practice time by discussing strategy, court navigation, game fundamentals and getting to know teammates. Participating in the Olympics was an excellent opportunity to meet employees from other organizations across the Aberdeen community."
A week after the APG Olympics, five members of the Huachuca Division participated in the annual 1st Time Tri triathlon sponsored by the Fort Huachuca Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Scott Larsen and Douglas Kirby, both contracting specialists, won gold and silver medals respectively. Larsen grabbed the gold in the male age group 30-39 and Kirby captured silver in the male age group 40-49.
"The format of the triathlon was not distance-based like most," stated Donna Kimura-Long, contracting officer. "There were three time-based events to include a 15-minute swim, a 15-minute bike ride on stationary bikes, and a 15-minute run on the track. The winner was determined by who went the farthest in the given time."
Kirby completed six miles on the bike, 485 meters during the swim and one-and-a-half miles in the run. He wants to experience a full triathlon and felt that the Time Tri would be good training toward his goal.
"Although it wasn't a full triathlon, it was no joke," explained Kirby. "The swimming was intense and exhausting."
This was Larsen's first time competing in a triathlon.
"It was a great experience," he said. "I have been training as a boxer so the running and bike events weren't much of a problem. At first I didn't think that I placed and was rather surprised to discover that I won the gold for my age group. It also served as a great team-building event. There were five of us who competed in the triathlon and several other division members came to show their support."