ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, May 8, 2008) - Video gamers can compete for an Xbox 360 Elite in the 2008 Xbox Games Halo 3 Tournaments on 21 Army installations June 1 through July 23.

Halo 3 represents the third chapter in the Halo trilogy - an international award-winning action series that grew into a global entertainment phenomenon, selling more than 14.5 million units worldwide, logging more than 650 million hours of multiplayer action on Xbox Live, and spawning action figures, books, a graphic novel, apparel and an upcoming film adaptation.

The Army Halo 3 contest's grand prize - the Xbox 360 Elite - is the newest member of the Xbox family. It features a 120-gigabyte detachable hard drive, the largest of any gaming console, that allows users to save games and store television shows, movies, music, photographs, trailers, extra game levels, demos and other content available from the Xbox LIVE marketplace.

Runner-up contestants will receive a $250 gift card and third-place finishers will win a $100 gift card. The Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation-sponsored contest will be monitored by members of the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program at the installation level.

Halo 3 competitions are scheduled for:

Aca,!Ac Fort Bragg, N.C.
Aca,!Ac Fort Campbell, Ky.
Aca,!Ac Fort Drum, N.Y.
Aca,!Ac Fort Eustis, Va.
Aca,!Ac Fort Hood, Texas
Aca,!Ac Fort Lewis, Wash.
Aca,!Ac Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Aca,!Ac Fort Riley, Kan.
Aca,!Ac Forts Richardson and Wainwright, Alaska
Aca,!Ac Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Aca,!Ac Mannheim, Grafenwoehr, Bamberg/Schweinfurt and Weisbaden, Germany
Aca,!Ac Camp Humphery and Camp Casey, Korea and
Aca,!Ac Baghdad, Tikrit and Camps Liberty and Victory in Iraq.

Check with local MWR and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers offices for dates and locations. For more information, visit and look for the Xbox games logo, or call Doriann Fengler at (703) 428-6089 or DSN 328-6089.

(Tim Hipps serves with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs)