From the BLORA Run Series and intramural sports, to many youth sporting opportunities - there were plenty of ways for the Fort Hood community to compete and have fun throughout 2022.

89th MPs back-to-back champs

For the second year in a row the 89th Military Police Brigade claimed the Commander’s Cup for garnering the most Commander’s Cup points by participating in intramural sports.

In fiscal year 2022 they earned over 900 points, 600 more than they earned in 2021 and 600 more  points than the unit in second place.

“Winning the Commander’s Cup for one year was a great feeling, but winning it two years in a row is an indescribable feeling and definitely an achievement that I will reflect on long after I retire,” said Maj Adam Herring, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 720th MP Battalion. “I am thankful for the sacrifice that all of the Soldiers made to support our program and make this possible.”

Herring made sure to have at least one team representing the unit in every intramural sport that was offered. The 89th MP Bde. were repeat intramural kickball champions and they also came  in first in bowling, cornhole and innertube water polo. They earned extra points by participating in some of the races in the BLORA Run Series, hosted by the Fort Hood Directorate of Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

In a ceremony on Sept. 7, 2022, the MP’s were presented the Commander’s Cup outside of III Armored Corps headquarters by Col. Chad R. Foster, commander U.S. Army Garrison - Fort Hood, and Herring was recognized as the Fort Hood Athletic and Recreation Representative of the year.

“Winning matters and y’all won. Y’all brought it. Everybody else tried and came up short, but y’all sure didn’t,” Foster said during the ceremony. “This kind of stuff really does matter. It builds teamwork. It shows what you’re all about. Y’all get it done wherever you might be.”

The 89th MP leadership was incredibly proud of the unit’s dedication to their goal of earning as many Commander’s Cup points as possible and winning for the second year in a row.

“Winning the Commander’s Cup is about a prolonged effort by the entire organization,” said Command Sgt. Maj. David Sweeney, 720th MP Bn. command sergeant major. “It’s more than just showing up for a few days by a few people. It takes the entire unit coming together, finding talents you didn’t know existed, and giving them time to show the installation what they can do. It really shows the amount of Soldiers committed to winning across the Brigade.”

“I am proud for the Soldiers to be recognized for all of their hard work,” added Lt. Col. Jeremy Prince, commander of the 720th MP Bn. “Their commitment to winning is the reason the brigade won the trophy and they deserve it.”

Intramural Sports

Healthy competition is important to Soldiers and one way they were able to compete throughout 2022 was by participating in intramural sports.

From basketball to bowling, there were many different opportunities and ways for Soldiers to compete and bond with their peers.

One of the most popular sports was intramural flag football, with 26 teams participating. In the end, 3rd Air Support Operations Group were the champions after playing two games back-to-back in the semifinals on Dec. 12 and then beating 61st Multifunctional Medical Battalion back-to-back in the championship games on Dec. 13.

“It feels amazing (to win),” said Staff Sgt. Martin Deitrich, 9th Air Support Operations Squadron. “Especially after the route we had to take, going into the loser’s bracket. Going into the loser’s bracket and having to play back-to-back games twice, it feels amazing (to win).”  

“It’s a really good feeling. It took a lot of resilience,” said Technical Sgt. Joshua Monette, 3rd Combat Weather Squadron. “We kind of got here the hard way. We had a lot of guys get hurt, but it was really, really cool to see everybody rally together and step in where they needed to when we had guys go down. It was a team effort, definitely.”

Arguably the most unique intramural sport was the inner tube water polo tournament on Sept. 7, 2022, and Soldiers were excited to have the chance to try something new.

“I had no idea what the sport was to begin with,” said 1st Lt. Jarod Tang, HHD, 720th MP Bn. “However, after speaking with our team captain, it seemed like a very interesting event. It also gave us an opportunity to connect with our teammates outside of normal operations.”

Throughout the season, Soldiers said intramural sports are important because they provide a healthy outlet to relieve stress while building stronger relationships with their peers.

“It builds camaraderie. It keeps morale up,” said Spc. Gabriel Silveira, 2nd Chemical Battalion, who participated in intramural soccer. “Everybody shows up and they enjoy playing. It’s a little something extra that adds onto our routine.”

“Our jobs can get very stressful,” said Spc. Darias Mack, 2nd CBRN Bn., who competed alongside Silveira. “Coming out here and letting go of everything that happens at a battalion and your company - it’s super important. I’ve been stressed, but coming out here I’ve got a huge smile on my face. Getting out of the barracks and doing something productive - it’s always fun.”

Broncos Player Visits Clinic

Young football enthusiasts at Fort Hood had a unique opportunity to learn from a professional when Denver Broncos tight end Andrew Beck hosted a Youth NFL Football ProCamp at Phantom Warrior Stadium on July 9 and 10, 2022.

The Fort Hood community won the camp by shopping at the Commisaries and Exchanges on post.

“We won this contest by selling the most Procter & Gamble than any other base in CONUS (continental US) this year,” said Vicki Walker, commissary officer.

Andrew is the son of Brig. Gen. Christopher Beck, III Armored Corps deputy commanding general of maneuver, so he knows first hand how being a child in a military family can impact their long-term goals.

“To be able to work with military kids is such a huge honor for me, growing up a military kid working with veterans, active-duty, retirees, things like that,” Andrew shared during the event. “It’s a blast anytime (I) get to work with kids and share my story and tell them, ‘Hey guys, if I can make it to the NFL, you guys can. I’ve been in your shoes. We lived here at Fort Hood when I was growing up.’ To be able to relate to them - it’s really cool.”

Andrew was happy to be back at the place he once called home and interacting with the dozens of kids at the camp, but the over 100 degree temperature wasn’t very welcoming.

“It’s the Great Place. It’s awesome being back here, other than the heat. It’s 85 back in Denver.”

2023 promises to provide even more opportunities for Soldiers and their families to get their game on!