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Centennial Week revives annual armor ‘Sports Week’ competitions

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By ERIC PILGRIM

Reminiscent of a practice that was considered part of armor lore, planners for this year’s Centennial Week celebration said sports competition and camaraderie will be at the center of the schedule.

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The history week, which will begin Monday with a run and culminate Aug. 18 with a free concert headlined by Easton Corbin, will also include team sports.

Stoney Cline, Special Projects officer for U.S. Army Garrison, said the week should be a refreshing change from business as usual at Fort Knox.

“The one thing that’s unique about the installation is that there is no connection between commands,” said Cline. “When individuals
see each other on the playing field, this will become a new experience, with new friends and new acquaintances. They’ll have a chance
to see each other throughout the week because most people’s jobs are customer-
oriented. This will give them time to meet
their counterparts.”

Cline said the weeklong celebration will kick off Monday in front of the home of Maj. Gen. John Evans, commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox. Those who have signed up for the 3-mile run will gather there for the start, set to begin at 6:30 a.m. The run will also end there.

On Tuesday morning, unit teams will gather at the Anderson Indoor Aquatics Center for swimming competitions and Lindsey Golf Course for longest drive/putt competitions.

Seven teams have signed up for the swimming competition, which will involve four races: 50-meter freestyle; 50-meter back stroke; 50-meter breast stroke; and 50-meter relay 4x4. Each race is worth three points for a maximum of 12. Cline said he has heard that at least one individual is planning to compete in every race.

At the longest drive/putt competition, Cline said competitors from nine organizations will get two chances to earn points for distance and accuracy.

Another event scheduled to take place Tuesday will actually start the next phase of sports competitions, all which are slated to take place at Kilianski Sports Complex, Otto Physical Fitness Center and Sadowski Center. That event is tug-of-war.

The first tug-of-war match will pit 19th Engineer Battalion and 4th Cavalry Brigade. All matches in the double-elimination tournament, held at Kilianski, will be played Tuesday only.

Sports tournaments happening Wednesday and Thursday include basketball at Otto,
softball at Kilianski and volleyball at Sadowski.

Frisbee football, happening at Kilianski, is the only exception, with one game being played Monday.

Friday morning has been reserved for any sports that are delayed due to rain or other un- foreseen circumstances.

Officials at the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation are also offering Centennial events, to include a free showing of “Stripes” at Waybur Theater Wednesday at 7 p.m. and a 5k fun run/walk that will begin and end at Samuel Adams Brewhouse Aug. 17, both of which are open to the public.

Also, on Aug. 17, at 3 p.m., everyone will gather at Waybur Theater to watch a video on Fort Knox’s 100 years of service to the nation, find out who the overall sports winners are, and witness the collection of all the units’ items that will go into the time capsule. The capsule is scheduled to be opened on the date of the centennial in 2068.

“The sequence of events really supports the ambiance we wanted to capture — of camaraderie,” said Cline.

Officials will seal the time capsule at the ceremony and eventually store it inside a display case in Garrison headquarters, but not likely on Aug. 17. Cline said the reason for the delay is the time capsule has undergone meticulous planning and, as a re- sult, won’t be displayed until they outer casing and the display case are ready for viewing.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into this, and we want to make it look good for the people 50 years from now,” said Cline. “We want them to know we gave them a good product.” n