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October 14, 2016 at 7:40am

Annual Sports Day at McChord Field

Lt. Col. John McQuade, 627th Air Base Group deputy commander, speaks to Team McChord airmen during the Annual 2016 McChord Field Sports Day event Sept. 30 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo credit: Senior Airman Divine Cox

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Airmen assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord jumped into a morning of sports and comradery during the Annual 2016 McChord Field Sports Day at JBLM, Sept. 30.

Before the day of events started, participants met at the McChord Field Fitness Center to sign-in and listen to opening remarks given by Lt. Col. John McQuade, 627th Air Base Group deputy commander.

"Thanks to each of you who signed up to participate and represent your respective squadrons," said McQuade. "Sports day provides a series of events and activities to promote fitness and esprit-de-corps for our airmen, so let's take this time to get refreshed and have a fun and eventful day."

After the conclusion of opening remarks, airmen lined up outside of the fitness center to participate in the "Green Dot" 5K run before kicking off a long day of sporting events.

"All of the events were specifically designed to give participants a good mix between sports, fitness and fun-themed events," said Tech. Sgt. Jacqueline N. Cunningham, 627th ABG fitness section chief and Sports Day lead POC.

The day was split into a morning and afternoon session with lunch provided by McChord Field and the United Service Organization.

The events of the day began with the run and included sand volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, kickball, ultimate frisbee, one pitch softball and a Warrior Challenge.

"There was an event for everyone during Sports Day," said Cunningham. "I tried to cover all aspects of fitness. If you were a runner, we had an event for that. If you liked sports, we had events for that. If you liked lifting, we had the Warrior Challenge. If you weren't too keen on any of that, we also had a Fitness Fair where airmen could get information on services offered on JBLM that could increase Comprehensive Airman Fitness."

Squadrons were able to participate in up to three sporting events.

At the end of the day, travelling trophies were awarded to the squadrons that placed first, second and third.

"I look forward to sports day every year," said Airman 1st Class Dashwan Smith, 627th Civil Engineer Squadron power production apprentice. "It was a good day of unity and comradery, and a great way to kick off the weekend."

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