The 10th Mountain Division (LI) conducted Mountainfest sports competitions June 22-25 at fitness facilities and fields across post. Soldiers from all the brigades within the Fort Drum footprint organized teams for the various sports events and physically demanding activities during the four days of competition.
Most of the Soldiers did not just compete for trophies and bragging rights. They competed because they love the challenge and the sports in which they participated. Events included basketball, softball, soccer, tug-o-war, 5K run and flag football.
“I love softball. I have been playing it for years,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Adam Rickert assigned to B Troop, 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. “Whenever I can get in a league, whether it is in a church league, bar league, or on post here, I play.”
Rickert jumped on the chance to play, and he said he has networked with other Soldiers within 10th CAB whom he would not have had a chance to at work. He also knows the importance of team building outside the work environment.
“A lot of us only see each other around the office, and I think this helps meld the unit a little bit,” he said. “It gives us that cohesion, a little more pride in the unit. It shows that we not only can accomplish the mission on the battlefield but also on the softball field. So, it’s a good team building event.”
Pfc. Afungang Mboumbo, a military policeman assigned to 511th Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, is originally from the Republic of Cameroon. He said he has been playing soccer his whole life, and this is the first time since arriving at Fort Drum that he has had a chance to play on a team. He also met a couple of other Soldiers from his home country.
“It’s fun, soccer. You’ve got to love the game to play the game, and I met a couple of good people out there who know what they are doing on the field,” he said. “I also met two people from Cameroon; I never knew there were Cameroonians here.”
Basketball is another popular team sport at Fort Drum. Soldiers are seen playing on courts throughout post on a regular basis. Spc. China Threatt, a unit supply specialist for Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6-6 Cavalry, 10th CAB, said she used to play division ball for DePaul University. She joined the team to support her unit.
“It’s a morale boost for one thing, then unity throughout the whole CAB and all the other units (on post),” she said. “We are from the airfield, so here we meet other units on post and we see everybody’s talent.”
The teams that placed in their sport contributed to the overall point count toward the Commander’s Cup, the trophy for the best brigade.
The winners in each sports event were as follows:
Basketball: first place, 543rd Quartermaster Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade; second place, 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team; third place, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
Softball: first place, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade; second place, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team; third place, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
Soccer: first place, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team; second place, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team; third place, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.
Flag football: first place, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team; second place, 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team; third place, 543rd Quartermaster Company, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
Tug-o-war: first place, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade; second place, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team; third place, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
5K Run: first place, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team; second place, 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team; third place, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade.
After all of the points were tallied, the Commander’s Cup trophy went to 10th Sustainment Brigade.
“Mountainfest activities and sporting events are great opportunities for units to compete and build relationships,” said Col. Willie Rios III, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander. “This year, the 10th Sustainment Brigade was fortunate to have majority of our units available to compete. This has not been the case for previous years.
“Winning the Commander’s Cup was a collective effort by each of the five battalions, and each should be proud of their outstanding efforts for making Mountainfest 2013 a memorable event for the Muleskinner Brigade.”