Fort Riley, Kansas



Employees relax, compete at garrison org day

By Julie Fiedler | USAG | July 31, 2013

Fun and fellowship were on the agenda as garrison employees gathered for an organization day July 12 at Moon Lake.

Employees enjoyed a picnic lunch, while also competing in a variety of sporting events, like a three-legged race, horseshoes, volleyball, tug of war and egg toss.

"It's a recreational thing," said Daryl Ash, information assurance specialist, Network Enterprise Center, who participates in the horseshoe event each year. "The last time I played horseshoes was last year."

The annual tradition is about enjoying summertime activities outside in one another's company.

"It's good for all of us to come together," said Wanda Diggs, contract administrator, Mission and Installation Contracting Command.

Diggs, who interacts with a lot of people over the phone and via email, said she enjoyed the opportunity to meet colleagues face to face.

"We all work in so many different areas," she said. "It's good to see them. I talk to a lot of them on the phone, so it's good to put a face with a name."

As employees cooled off in the shade, cheered on their colleagues and sweated it out during matches, they seemed content to relax and enjoy the summer weather.

"It's beautiful out here," Ash said. "It's a really, really nice day."

Whether screaming for their teams to "pull!" during tug of war or applauding a successful volley, spirited fans yelled from the sidelines and competition seemed fierce, as members of the various directorates had their eyes on the coveted grand trophy.

But it was all in good fun, Diggs said.

"Everyone wants to beat (the Directorate of Public Works)," she laughed.

But that was not to be, at least not in volleyball.

"It feels great," Doug Griffith, estimator, DPW, said after his directorate's team won the final volleyball match. "I'm glad that DPW won, and we're champions."

Although Griffith was rooting for DPW to win, he had to remain objective, even during the most hotly contested matches, as he was the designated scorekeeper for that sporting event.

"Fair as can be," he asserted with a smile.

Once all of the scores across the events were calculated, the garrison headquarters team took home top honors with a trophy and bragging rights for the overall event.

In addition to celebrating the garrison headquarters' victory, holding the trophy aloft with outgoing Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Colvin Bennett Sr., Col. William Clark, outgoing garrison commander, thanked the employees for attending the Organization Day and for the hard work they do every day to make Fort Riley a great place to live, work and play.