Commanders Cup: Paintball
By Tech. Sgt. Kerri Cole, 102nd Intelligence Wing Pubic Affairs
/ Published May 01, 2011
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- On April 30, Airmen and commanders gathered at Cape Cod Paintball, Bourne, for a paintball tournament as part of the new Commanders Cup program.
After the Cape Cod Paintball owner, John Pimental, explained the rules of the game, members of the Air Operations Group, Medical/Wing Group, and the Intelligence Group fiercely competed for the cup in a series of 5 minute rounds of capture-the-flag style paintball. Two teams attempted to bring the flag that was placed in the center of the field back to their own flag station without getting hit.
The Air Operations Group eventually won the tournament and took home the cup for the second month in a row. Congratulations!
"The Commanders Cup tournaments are a way for our Airmen to get out from behind the computer and intermingle to get to know one another outside the office. Espris de corps, team building and having fun is what it's all about," said Lt. Col. Jeffery Jensen of the 102nd Air Operations Group and founder of the program.
The four teams are comprised of the groups under the 102nd Intelligence Wing: Air Operations Group, Medical/Wing Group, Intelligence Group, and the Mission Support Group.
At the end of each tournament the first place team will be awarded four points, second place with three points and so on. If no one shows up to participate for one of the groups they will receive zero points. The first place team each month will take possession of the trophy and display it at their unit until the next month's tournament commences. Then, at Family Day in September the wing commander, Col. Anthony Schiavi, will present the 2011 trophy to the group who accumulated the most points over the course of the year.
Some tournaments are even keeping Airmen "fit to fight," such as the upcoming June UTA Flag Football game and the past May UTA paintball tournament which helps Airmen maintain the physical fitness needed to be assets to their teams both on the field and on the job.
All 102nd Airmen are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Commanders Cup tournaments. They take place on the Saturday of each UTA at the end of the duty day around 1530. Participation in these tournaments gives the units the opportunity to build their morale and fellowship and have some friendly competition. They are also a good way to meet people, either as a participant or a spectator.